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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 average performances - definitely below the insanely high standards they have established over the course of their careers. I am sure some of you will relate to this – being someone who turns to sports for change and relief from the...

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...

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...

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 simple habit of popping up with all important goals, Godin almost won Atletico the Champions League less than a fortnight after winning Atletico Madrid the La Liga title. But first he broke Barca hearts. He broke the Barca hoodoo. The...

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 so for years to come. However for some of the more recent fans, the name of the great Gianfranco Zola does not necessarily hold the same significance. For them and for all those who have seen him and loved him,...

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...

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...

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 or one that makes them scream from the beauty of it all. There are plotlines in football too and the master of those has now hung up his boots for his country. A metronome of passing, a man with a...

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. For the last few years, Arsenal has made rushed and well-planned transfers; but most of the activity has happened in the last few weeks of the transfer window. Mesut Ozil joining last season was a revolutionary transfer for Arsenal. It was...

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...

The Redemption of Martin and Masch

The Redemption of Martin and Masch

Manchester City v. Barcelona. A contest tighter than anticipated. Messi, ineffective. Barca appearing lost as a result. Perhaps Martin Demichelis felt bad for his compatriot. Perhaps he was looking at a pair of tatas in the stands that caught his...

Geordie Armstrong On The Wing

Geordie Armstrong On The Wing

George Armstrong isn’t a new name for the Gooner faithful. A true club legend that made a total of 621 appearances for the club (starting 607 of them), was rarely substituted, and is remembered for far more than just records...

With every Dutch win, the United fan jumps off his seat!

With every Dutch win, the United fan jumps off his seat!

As the second half of extra time was coming to an end, we saw one of the most bizarre (if not unusual) substitutions of the World Cup, in the Quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. Tim Krul, who plies his trade with English Premier League side Newcastle United, was seen warming up with goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek in the 115th minute. Mind you, it meant removing first choice keeper- Jasper Cillessen and replacing him with 6 feet 4 inch Krul, who boasted...


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 average performances – definitely below the insanely high standards they have established over the course … Continued

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 point. Occasional pot shots at Moyes and Fergie are also fair game. It’s almost like … Continued

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 … Continued

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