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Cataluña’s Legacy

Cataluña’s Legacy

Cataluña –9th November, 2014. The Catalan Self-Determination Referendum goes to vote. A few days later, a free Catalan nation is born. At the end of winning their 23rd League title – Barcelona get kicked out of La Liga. Madrid, all of Spain jeers inside the cauldrons of football. But hold up, back to reality because it’s not even Halloween yet. The opening paragraph is a nightmare. A nightmare for all fans of football the world over. Can you imagine a league in...

Indian Super League – The dawn of a new era

Indian Super League – The dawn of a new era

India’s most awaited football event is about to kick-off! The Indian Super League promises to a belter for every football fan across the country, and with India hosting the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup, this football extravaganza will provide an...

BOOK REVIEW: Universality – The Blueprint for Soccer’s New Era

BOOK REVIEW: Universality – The Blueprint for Soccer’s New Era

How Germany and Pep Guardiola are showing us the Future Football Game Some of you who may have had the good fortune of reading 'Inverting The Pyramid' by Jonathan Wilson, would probably know that it is pretty much the best book to have been written on...

Of Sports, Psychology and the Future

Of Sports, Psychology and the Future

The year 2014 has not been a good year for the sports enthusiast in me. Football and tennis are the two sports I follow with (hyper) active levels of interest, and the teams and players I support have had rather...

Release Your Inner ABUs

Release Your Inner ABUs

Clearly it’s open season on Manchester United. Even regular, middle of the road journalists and pundits are taking this opportunity to get in touch with their inner ABUs. United, Ed Woordward and Van Gaal can do no right at this...

The Arsenal Youth – Time to show up

The Arsenal Youth – Time to show up

With the transfer window done and dusted (at least until December), I thought it was a good idea to shift the attention to the talent coming up through the ranks in the club. Arsenal’s youth setup is rated as one of the best in country, if not in Europe. Wenger’s philosophy, especially post the Invincibles era, has had youth development as a focal point - buying young talent and moulding them to be stars (though there have been instances where...

The road to resurrection: LvG’s formation

The road to resurrection: LvG’s formation

A picture speaks a thousand words, they say. While the world looks at this situation with a hint of borderline indifference, it is nothing short of a watershed moment for a devout Manc. The kind of money we should’ve spent over the last few seasons and the kind of manager who should’ve followed Sir Alex. There is nothing left to say about Louis van Gaal and the new signings that hasn’t been put to paper yet. The most intriguing prospect of...

Incompetence thy name is United

Incompetence thy name is United

Let's wind the clocks back a year. These cops and lawyers wouldn't dare cross any of you. I mean – Oh wait, since you guys are obviously not Gotham Mafia bosses lets instead wind back the clock instead to a...

La Força D’atac Sudamericana

La Força D’atac Sudamericana

With Tata Martino looking on from the sidelines and Messi saving himself for the World Cup, the neutral football fans the world over felt their spirits rise as Diego Godin rose above all else to head in an equaliser. A...

Chelsea’s Legendary Magician – Gianfranco Zola

Chelsea’s Legendary Magician – Gianfranco Zola

Chelsea's Legendary Magician - Gianfranco Zola All Chelsea supporters know John Terry, who we hail as "Captain-Leader-Legend", idolise "Super Frankie Lampard" and regard the indomitable Didier Drogba with the reverence of a king. These are household names today, and will remain...

Mourinho’s Plans for World Domination

Mourinho’s Plans for World Domination

In his second coming as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was tasked with the responsibility of making the team play expansive football while not comprising their trophy cabinet. The season started well as the players got accustomed to the new style...

Is LVG SAF In Disguise?

Is LVG SAF In Disguise?

Man United fans can’t sleep at night. After being shown a vision of the wilderness that might await us in the aftermath of Sir Alex’s retirement, we have now been reassured that the whole thing was just to jolt us out of the complacency of winning by expectation. Much as we liked Moyes, the experiment clearly crashed and burned in the short term, and success would require the kind of long term financial and emotional commitment that only a billionaire magnate...

Chelsea: Season Preview 2014-15

Chelsea: Season Preview 2014-15

Chelsea: Season Preview 2014-15 Chelsea have for a long time been associated with the managerial merry-go-round, and not without good reason. Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board have been trigger happy for too long, firing under-performers almost immediately. At the start of last season, the club signaled their intent of changing that policy. Stability was the word, and Jose Mourinho the man. The Special One returned. Jose Mourinho receives a wonderful ovation at in his first game back at Stamford Bridge. In...

Arsenal – A Season Preview

Arsenal – A Season Preview

Another season is nearly upon us, and it is one which unlike recent years, Arsenal are perfectly entitled to approach full of confidence. Recent opening games have been clouded in feelings of nerves and discontent for Arsenal with the proposition...

An Ode To Xavi

An Ode To Xavi

Often when we see a play, read a book or watch television – there is a plot. A series of events that must unfold for it to reach a dramatic ending. An ending that leaves the audiences in tears perhaps...

Wenger’s 4-step transfer formula

Wenger’s 4-step transfer formula

The summer transfer window shuts in just a few weeks and Arsenal has already confirmed the addition of 4 first-team players. Looking at Arsenal’s recent history in the summer transfer window, this is a fairly unfamiliar position for the club....

The van Gaal Diaries, Chapter 1 – A Storm Is Coming

The van Gaal Diaries, Chapter 1 – A Storm Is Coming

This is Chapter 1 of the van Gaal Diaries, the first of many to come. Make sure you stay with us, as the story unfolds. A wise man once said, “An excess of anything is a bad thing.” This quote applies...

The Return of the King

The Return of the King

Farewells can be shattering, especially after one has given everything he could possibly muster to deliver a dream to his family. A dream that made the family and himself, invincible. A dream that etched his name in the history of football. When the whole world was proven wrong time and time again because he made it happen. When the onus of winning us the impossible lied on his shoulders, he made it happen. Against the best keeper in the world,...


Cataluña’s Legacy

Cataluña’s Legacy

Cataluña –9th November, 2014. The Catalan Self-Determination Referendum goes to vote. A few days later, a free Catalan nation is born. At the end of winning their 23rd League title – Barcelona get kicked out of La Liga. Madrid, all of Spain jeers inside the cauldrons of football. But hold up, back to reality because … Continued

Indian Super League – The dawn of a new era

Indian Super League – The dawn of a new era

India’s most awaited football event is about to kick-off! The Indian Super League promises to a belter for every football fan across the country, and with India hosting the 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup, this football extravaganza will provide an image of reality. It is an immensely important and significant sporting event which will showcase … Continued

BOOK REVIEW: Universality – The Blueprint for Soccer’s New Era

BOOK REVIEW: Universality – The Blueprint for Soccer’s New Era

How Germany and Pep Guardiola are showing us the Future Football Game Some of you who may have had the good fortune of reading ‘Inverting The Pyramid’ by Jonathan Wilson, would probably know that it is pretty much the best book to have been written on the history of football rules, tactics and their evolution - all the way from the 1850s to … Continued

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