Argentina and the Elephant in the room

October 6, 2017

  As Argentina keeps struggling to score in the qualifiers, last night was the best showcase as to why Argentina are having issues:  The obsession with optimizing Messi and not the others.     Last night vs Peru, Argentina failed to score, with a few chances wasted.  Messi was dispossessed a staggering 14 times.  Him losing possession has become a regular occurrence, and it is making his defenders/fans blame it…

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Red Star Belgrade: the dream that can continue on past the group stage

September 14, 2017

  December 19th 2007, the last time Red Star Belgrade played in European competition. On that night, the Serbian club lost to Portuguese side Braga by a score of 2-0. Since then, it has been utter disappointment, mostly losing in the early stages of either Champions League or Europa League qualifying.       Fast forward to September 14th 2017, the boys are back in European competition with an impressive,…

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Europa League preview: all pressure on Manchester United

May 24, 2017

It has come down to Manchester United and Ajax for the Europa League title. The pressure is on the team from Manchester since they need to lift the title in order to qualify for Champions League next season. Ajax has no such worries because they finished 2nd in the Eredivisie and will probably start from the third round of Champions League qualifying.     Stats to keep in mind Pass…

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Sutton United’s dream comes to an end

February 21, 2017

Sutton United had its magical run in the FA Cup ended last night at the hands of Premier League side Arsenal, 2-0. As you can tell by the score line, it was not easy for the Gooners to crack a very stingy Sutton side. The two Arsenal goals were scored by Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott, the latter of the two notched his 100th goal as an Arsenal man. Congrats,…

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Under the Radar in Africa

January 14, 2017

One of the most underrated football tournaments gets underway today-African Cup of Nations. This year, like many others in the past, features some of the best African talent from around the planet. The usually suspects are all there-Aubameyang, Mahrez, Mane, Aurier-but the supporting cast, or the “less known” players are also very important.   Here are five I think you should keep your eye on     Guelor Kanga, Red…

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Ballon d’Or Winner: the Reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo was better than Leo Messi last season

December 12, 2016

1. Performing when his team needed it most: Messi’s stats were slightly better last season, but his goals have been proven to be less crucial for his teams compared to Ronaldo’s. As soon as Benitez got sacked and Zidane came in as the new manager, Ronaldo became the instant saviour again for Real Madrid.   Key Performances: Champions League Last 16 vs Roma-Whoever watched the two legs, witnessed that there…

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One for the future: Manuel Locatelli

December 11, 2016

While most 18-20 year olds spend time on loan at various smaller clubs, so to say, AC Milan’s Manuel Locatelli has been given a chance with the first team and he has not disappointed.   Locatelli got his first start for Milan in the final match of the 2015/2016 season. Milan lost 3:1 on that day, but it was a big moment for the 18 year old wonderkid. Milan currently…

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The Clasico. Refs play a part; Ramos breaks opposition hearts, again

December 3, 2016

Let’s get right into it; just about the biggest sporting event on planet earth, the first Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid has just ended today with a 1-1 tie.  We had Luis Suarez scoring an early second half header off of a set piece for Barca, and Sergio Ramos being the clutch man he is, scoring a header as well in the 90th minute to tie…

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Looking for a new home

November 27, 2016

Branislava Ivanovic, Chelsea-Ivanovic has been one of the most heavily relied upon right backs in the world for the last eight years, but it looks like his days are numbered in London. Due to a formation change under new boss Antonio Conte, Ivanovic has not seen much of the pitch in the last two months. Even though he lacks the speed he once had, Ivanovic is still a serviceable back…

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Goodbye Stevie G, the most complete midfielder of our generation

November 25, 2016

  Steven Gerrard has just retired, and if you never hated Liverpool, this should be a gloomy day for you.  They don’t really make’em like Stevie G anymore.  He had everything you could ever ask out of a midfielder, not to mention his loyalty and leadership.  Other names that come to mind are Iniesta, Xavi, and Paul Scholes to name a few, but it is very difficult to find another…

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