Strikers need their confidence back

October 5, 2016

Serbia will get its World Cup qualifying campaign back on track tomorrow as they take on minnows Moldova and then Austria on Sunday. In Serbia’s first match, they only managed a tie versus a solid, but very defensively minded Republic of Ireland side.   Anything but the full three points versus Moldova tomorrow will be a huge letdown.   Will the strikers finally come back to life? Aleksandar Mitrovic, Nikola…

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FK Cukaricki: from one of the best to the worst

October 1, 2016

Since FK Cukaricki’s promotion back to the top flight in the 2013-2014 season, they have been nothing short of spectacular. Unlike many of the teams in the Serbian league, Cukaricki plays wide open football. They do not sit back against the best teams and wait for their chance to score; they attack from the opening to the last minute and try to expose weaknesses.   This season has been a…

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Champions League: Juventus…and the rest

September 12, 2016

Juve said goodbye to Pogba, Morata, Isla and Pereyra along with others, but the team quickly turned around and replaced those players. Higuain came with a huge price tag and anything but a superb performance in the Champions League will be a complete let down. Pjanic was brought in to distribute the ball and get players such as Dybala and Higuain involved as much as possible. The backline pretty much…

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Champions League: Leicester’s time to shine?

September 12, 2016

Leicester shocked the world last year by winning the EPL title and now it is time to see what they can do in European competition against some of the best teams from the continent. Leicester has done a great job of keeping their best players-Vardy and Mahrez-with the club and not giving into the temptation of selling them. The sale of Kante, however; could potentially hurt The Foxes because he…

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Champions League: Bale, Benz & Ronaldo will be too much

September 12, 2016

The reigning champions will of course be looking to repeat, as any team of Real Madrid’s stature would. Madrid’s main man, Ronaldo is back, like the team will actually need him with the talent that they can put out. Bale and Benzema will be relied on heavily to carry the workload as CR7 gets back into shape. Also look out for youngster Marco Asensio, who is making a name for…

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Champions League: An even race between four quality teams

September 12, 2016

CSKA Moscow has become a regular participant in the Champions League group phase, having made the last four in a row. In terms of bringing in big name players this summer, CSKA has not done much, however; they did lose one of their best players from the last four years in Ahmed Musa, who signed for the English champions, Leicester City. Seydou Doumbia, who has been a very serviceable player…

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Champions League: Can PSV ruin the party?

September 9, 2016

Bayern may have a new manager in Carlo Ancelotti, but their ambitions remain the same-win everything possible. Bayern has not done much to their team from last year, except for adding Mats Hummels, one of the best defenders in the world. The key to success for this club will be staying healthy. They suffered plenty of injuries to key players last year and that is the main reason the team…

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Champions League: Another dog fight between Barcelona and Manchester City

September 8, 2016

Barcelona came up short last year getting ousted by Atletico Madrid, so they decided to spend money this summer once again. Barca comes in as one of the major contenders to claim the Champions League title and with the firepower they have, it is hard to bet against them. If MSN can click like they did last year, it will be very difficult to stop them. The acquisition of Umtiti…

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Champions League: Mitroglou and Jonas will carry Benfica

September 7, 2016

Mitroglou and Jonas are two scary players for teams to deal with because of the great chemistry they have together and their ability to score goals. The Benfica backline is very experienced having been here before, but there is also new blood on this team that will need to prove they are ready to play on the big stage. Fejsa has established himself as one of the best, if not…

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Champions League: No Ibra, no problem?

September 7, 2016

PSG has lost talisman Ibrahimovic to Manchester United, but even with his departure they possess a very talented team. Cavani is still there-proven goal scorer and they have added Ben Arfa, a player who was reborn last year for Nice. If PSG can defend in the group stage, they should have no problem progressing to the next stage. The real question will be if they finish first or second.  …

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