European Football

Podcast: Our Europa League Group Stage Predictions

Just a disclaimer, but this was recorded before the Europa League started! While the UEFA Europa Conference League is the new kid on the block, the Europa League went through some changes itself. The number of groups has dropped from 12 to 8 – similar to the Champions League. Interestingly, the reduced number of participants […]

The Ronald Koeman Conundrum

And why the answer may not be as clear as many think… Well, it is time to talk about Barcelona again. While it feels like there are only a few common threads that continue to be pulled on in this blog, you can hardly blame us for focusing on the central stories in the sport. […]

Eight Players to Watch in LaLiga This Season

Mainly because we have nice pictures for them now… So the LaLiga season kicked off a few weeks ago, and it has already produced some very interesting results. Fresh off of Atlético Madrid’s triumphant title victory on the final day of last season, we go into this season not really being quite sure who the […]

Podcast: Our Champions League Guide & Predictions Part 2 – Groups E to H

We continue going through the other remaining groups in this episode and the latter groups have some interesting matches for sure. Manchester United will look for revenge against Villareal following last season’s Europa League final loss, Chelsea and Juventus will be a mouthwatering clash and Bayern Munich will be looking to capitalize on Barcelona’s period […]

Breakout Stars to Watch for 2021/22

The rising stars to keep an eye on for this upcoming season… So about halfway through last season, I wrote an article discussing the biggest breakout stars for 2021. These were going to be the young players you would hear more and more from as the year progressed, the next young stars of world football. […]

Podcast: Evaluating The LaLiga Top Dogs

With Messi’s departure from Barcelona and Ramos’s departure from Real Madrid, El Clásico will never be the same for many modern-day fans. Of course, new stars will be born, but this is an interesting period for the Spanish the top-flight. With both LaLiga titans in a period of transition, could this mean other clubs have […]

What to Watch For in 2021/22

One storyline to watch in the Top Five European Leagues as the 2021/22 season commences in the coming weeks… Well, it is nearly here. Just as it seems the previous season ended yesterday, we are merely weeks, if not days, away from the start of the 2021/22 season across Europe. The 2020/21 season was incredible […]

…And Lionel Messi Is Joining PSG

Because of course he is… I am not one for cheesy quotes or sayings. Most are dumb, many tend to not be true in reality, and they are just fairly annoying. There is one in particular that has been on my mind lately. No, a rising tide does not lift all boats. It simply crushes […]

Lionel Messi Is Leaving Barcelona…

The unthinkable has actually happened… History unfolded before our very eyes today, August 8th, 2021. Stood at the podium, with the Spanish media before him and the entire world intently glued to their screens, Lionel Messi, maybe the greatest footballer of all time, confirmed the news that had dominated all of our lives for the […]

My Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament

Like Team of the Season, but International… GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy) The penalty hero (twice!) for Italy, Gigio Donnarumma has come up clutch on multiple occasions for the Azzurri. His reflexes and athleticism between the posts has been needed to bail Italy out. While he did not win the Golden Gloves for the tournament, going […]

I was wrong, Barcelona are not fine…

The cracks in the financial foundation of one of football’s premier institutions are starting to cause the walls to fall down… Back in March, I wrote this article about the crisis at Barcelona, arguing that things were honestly not as bad as they seemed. Yes, their start to the season was concerning, but at the […]

Checking in on My Breakout Stars of 2021

Just seeing what they have been up to… For those who have been longer-time readers of the blog, you will remember that I opened 2021 by listing some players to watch and some breakout stars for this year. Due to how well-received that article was, I then wrote two more articles about young players who […]

Serie A Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

One Final Article… Welcome to our final article in the Team of the Season series, where we name our honorable mention picks for the Serie A season. While the main team was fairly straightforward, the honorable mentions were not. There were some tough choices, but this is the best I felt I could come up […]

Serie A Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Yes, fanboys, he is in the team… Welcome back to the penultimate entry of our Team of the Season series, where we name the front three of our Serie A team. In a league with three phenomenal strikers, picking these three spots was pretty easy, I will not lie. So because it was this simple, […]

Serie A Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

A lot more stripes in this one… Welcome back to our Serie A Team of the Season, where we will be naming our midfield three in this team. Two were certain inclusions, one was probably a bit controversial, but all three play for teams that wear stripes, so Vikram did not enjoy making the graphics. […]

Serie A Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

The Italian Job… Welcome to the final week of the Team of the Season series, after a slight delay, where we will be covering the final league of this series: the Italian Serie A. With a new champion for the first time in a decade, Serie A was one of the most interesting leagues from […]

On Carlo Ancelotti’s Return to Real Madrid

*long, disappointed sigh* Before we recorded our podcast episode yesterday (which you will hear later), I saw some reports out of Spain that Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was seriously being considered for the Real Madrid opening following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation. I did not necessarily think much of it, and while I acknowledge on the podcast […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Let’s add a bit of “va-va-voom”, as Thierry Henry would say… Welcome back to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, where we name our front three. You might know who is in this, but I would be ready for a surprise near the end… Let’s get started. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) Yeah, Mbappé still […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

The team gets much more difficult to pick starting from here… Welcome back to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season, where today we will decide our midfield three. The defense was fairly easy, but things begin to get more difficult (and more controversial) from here, so be sure to stick around and see this […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

Das Besten of die Resten Welcome back to the final part of our Bundesliga Team of the Season, where, after another delay that we apologize for, we will be wrapping up the team with our honorable mentions. The variety of top performers throughout the Bundesliga this season means we get a variety of honorable mention […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Yeah, you probably know who will be here… Welcome back to the Bundesliga Team of the Season, where today we name our front three. These are pretty obvious, let us get right to it. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) I mean, obviously. Robert Lewandowski is the best goal scorer on the planet. He might very well […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

And here come the Bayern players… After a slight delay due to technical issues, we are back with the Bundesliga Team of the Season. In this part, we name our midfield three. And yes, there are Bayern players here now. They were coming eventually. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) Joshua Kimmich might be one of the […]

Bundesliga Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

Das Team of the Season… Welcome back to our Team of the Season series, where we begin our third league of this series: the Bundesliga in Germany. While the perennial winners Bayern won again, there was a lot of interesting results throughout the league table, with many teams challenging the previous duopoly of Bayern-Dortmund. We […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

You know who one of them is… Welcome back to La Liga Team of the Season, where today we will name our three forwards who shone brighter than the chasing pack. There is clearly one very obvious choice here, so we start with him first… Lionel Messi (Barcelona) I mean, of course he was going […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

Slightly easier to choose than the defense… Welcome back to the La Liga Team of the Season. In this part, we will be selecting our midfield three, which will probably be less controversial than the defense. It will also be a largely “big team” affair, unlike the defense featuring significant contribution from players outside of […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

A bit of Spanish flair this week… Welcome back to our Team of the Season series. This week we will be venturing to the Iberian Peninsula to talk about Spain’s top flight, La Liga. As with last week, we start with the defense and progress up the pitch before rounding the series out with some […]

The Day That Fans Rose Up

On the life, and presumed death, of “The Super League”, and why we must not stop after this victory… So… A lot has happened, huh? I am sure we all saw what happened on Sunday, as 12 European football clubs made the joint announcement that they would be leaving UEFA to form “The Super League”. […]

The Rory Winters Story Part 2: The Journeyman Phase

Released by Oldham and without another club at 18, Rory was faced with several tough decisions. Does he take a gamble and continue pursuing his footballing aspirations? Or, does he give up the footballing dream and concentrate on school? Rory had always believed journalism would be a viable alternative should the footballing dream ever fail […]

Hansi Flick Is Leaving? Already?

On the rumblings of managerial turmoil in Bavaria and why they make more sense than many think… So we have already covered Bayern Munich’s historic sextuple-winning team and how great they are and how great manager Hansi Flick has been and blah blah blah. Something else is happening in Bavaria, something major. There is now […]

The Rory Winters Story Part 1: The Beginnings

To many in Singapore, Rory Winters is a an unfamiliar name, but his footballing story may be relatable. Rory was part of the English footballing system since he was 7 years old and he played professionally until he was 23 years old. He played semi-professionally since then, and then retired from the game 3 years […]

UEFA’s Faustian Bargain

UEFA’s impending Champions League reforms are nothing more than a desperate money grab from teams ready to break away A story that has lingered under the surface during this season is now coming into prominence, as the UEFA Executive Committee is holding a meeting next week to vote on, and likely pass, a very serious […]

Everyone Calm Down, Barcelona Is Fine…Probably…

I think…maybe…let us talk about it… So, is Barcelona in crisis? Sort of. I previously wrote a few articles about the developing issues at Barcelona. Their collapse in the Champions League against Bayern Munich last season spelled the end of the disastrous presidency of Josep Maria Bartomeu and really shone a light on just how […]

The Juventus-Ronaldo Project Has Failed

And it is time to acknowledge how far Juventus have fallen… So Juventus are out of the Champions League. In the Round of 16 stage. Again. Juve’s extra time away goals loss to FC Porto is the second time in as many years that the Bianconeri were eliminated at the first knockout hurdle in the […]

The Year’s Potential Breakout Stars: Part 3

The most anticipated trilogy since Star Wars… Here we are, part three. More young stars to keep an eye on for the next year. They might be the ones making headlines or potentially joining your team by the end of the year. Antony, Ajax/Brazil Everyone loves an exciting and tricky Brazilian, right? Especially among those […]

The Year’s Potential Breakout Stars: Part 2

Because who does not like an exciting future… We all love looking out for the next big thing in football. I love it because I am a nerd who is just fascinated by things like this. And it appears you all loved it as much as I did. I wrote a piece as part of […]

On Moussa Dembélé’s Transfer to Atlético Madrid

Best for all involved? The first of Olympique Lyonnais’ Champions League heroes looks to be out the door, as young French striker Moussa Dembélé looks to be close to sealing a transfer to Spanish giants Atlético Madrid. As reported by Sky Sports’ transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the deal will be a six-month loan deal with […]

Looking to 2021 Part 4: Stories to Watch

The stories that will develop this year that you need to keep an eye on… Welcome back to the final part of our 2021 preview series. In this part, we will be looking at the big, overarching stories that look to dictate conversation in the football world this year. These are the things you need […]

Looking to 2021 Part 2: The Big Names to Watch

Looking at the big names that could take up the headlines this year… Welcome back to Part 2 of our 2021 preview series! Today, we are looking at the players who will likely be the center of attention this year for a variety of reasons. Most, if not all, of these players will be more […]

2020 In Review

A look back at the highlights from a difficult year as a reminder of why we love football… 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us. It has also been a difficult year for football as an industry, leaving lasting financial effects that will be felt for years to come. The COVID […]

Upheaval in La Liga?

And why this just might be the year of Cholo… Feature Image by FrodeCJ from Pixabay Don’t look now, but there is something interesting happening in Spain. It seems like every year we look at every league and think this could be the time for that outsider team to break through and win their title, […]

Tonali the Rossonero

What Sandro Tonali’s shock move to AC Milan shows about how Milan, and Inter, pursued this deal and how both are viewing next season… Feature Image by chatst2 from Pixabay Sandro Tonali, Brescia’s star midfield wunderkind and seemingly preordained future of the Italian National Team, is close to a deal to sign with AC Milan. […]

“Le jour de gloire est arrivé!”

How Olympique Lyonnais shocked the world, completed their biggest ever European win, and stand two games away from eternity… Feature Image by jorono from Pixabay Well…did not see this one coming, now did we? Olympique Lyonnais 3, Manchester City 1. It has been several days, and I still cannot believe that scoreline every time I […]

The White Handkerchiefs Are Out in Barcelona

They wave for Setién, but he is not the only target of their anger… Featured Image by flo_mendez from Pixabay The white handkerchief: a symbolic staple of Spanish society. Waiving a white handkerchief is used as an expression of great emotion. Joy, anger, admiration, sadness, the emotion expressed can vary by the scenario. In the […]

Bienvenue, Maxence Caqueret

Remember the name. You will be hearing it a lot more very soon… Lyon’s Champions League Round of 16 triumph over Juventus took the football world by surprise. Very few people gave them any chance of moving on, and it seemed that the second leg was poised for another Cristiano Ronaldo heroic hat trick to […]

It’s Time to Start Appreciating Karim Benzema

Featured Image by WONJONGSUNG from Pixabay The Frenchman is now getting his time in the spotlight, time that has been due for a while now… What if I told you there was a player out there who is among the best in his position of his generation and we are not appreciating him nearly enough? […]

My All-Time France XI

A random idea Vikram gave me… So the other day, Vikram and I had a discussion about Eric Cantona and his place among the greatest ever French forwards. While we had some disagreements and disputes about Cantona’s proper position compared to the likes of Thierry Henry and Jean-Pierre Papin, it spun off an idea to […]

At Last! Leeds Are Back!

Leeds United have been promoted to the Premier League… Feature Image by Mark Murphy from Pixabay With Huddersfield’s 2-1 win over West Brom on Friday, Leeds United have secured promotion to the Premier League. I am going to emphasize this again, because I am not sure you all are realizing how big of a deal […]

On Leroy Sané’s Move to Bayern Munich

Super Bayern 2.0 A long-rumored and long-teased transfer has finally been made official. Leroy Sané, after three very solid years of lighting up the Premier League, with a fourth basically ended through injury, has returned to his native country to sign with Bayern Munich. Due to his contract winding down at Manchester City, Sané’s move […]

The Jonathan Toto Exclusive Part 1- From Rubbing Shoulders with Pijanic and Koulibaly to an Unrealized Scottish Dream

Original Image Credits: Davy Allan, London Hearts & Singapore Premier League At one point in time, it appeared that Jonathan Toto was destined for footballing greatness. He played alongside Miralem Pjanić and Kalidou Koulibaly in the FC Metz Academy, but his career took on a different trajectory, partly due to the roles played by his […]

On the Arthur-Miralem Pjanić Swap Deal

And what it tells us about…well…a lot, really… So a week or so ago, rumors started to come out around a very peculiar deal. Barcelona and Juventus were in discussions over a deal for Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanić, which is not necessarily old news. People had been covering Barcelona’s potential interest in Pjanić for a […]

The Bundesliga Has Returned!

The first European Top Five League has returned from hiatus, but why should you follow along? And where did we leave off? Feature image by ArtTower from Pixabay  German football has returned. After months of absence, we are finally about to welcome back one of the top five leagues from the pandemic-induced hiatus. This is a credit to […]

What now for Karius?

Loris Karius has just terminated his loan with Besiktas and his spell with the Turkish giants has been far from smooth sailing. In March 2019, the German stopper sought legal action after months of unpaid wages and in April 2019, the issue of unpaid salaries resurfaced again. Enough was enough for Karius. He pulled the […]

An Ode to Diretta Stadio

A love letter to Italy‘s famous football panel show and the derby it covers Very early in the life of this blog, I wrote an article declaring my love for the Sky Sports program Gillette Soccer Saturday, a program that allows people to be informed about the football scores while being entertained by the zany […]

2019-2020 End of Season Awards*

*should this be the end of the season, here are my picks for several end-of-season awards in Europe’s Top Five Leagues With European football being put on hiatus due to the Coronavirus outbreak, it seems like a good time to reflect on the season that was and highlight the players, managers, teams, and moments that […]

The issue with big clubs buying Wonderkids like Reinier Jesus and Jude Bellingham

The footballing world today is not short of wonderkids. In various leagues, we see promising young professional footballers putting in excellent performances with such consistency that you think they are bound to become world-class players. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Sergio Aguero come to mind when you think of wonderkids who have lived […]

On Erling Braut Håland’s Move to Borussia Dortmund

A match made in heaven…for the most part… 19-year-old forward Erling Braut Håland became one of the most in-demand players in world football after a meteoric rise to stardom at RB Salzburg. Attracted by his turn of pace, ability with both feet, and calmness on the ball attached to his 6’4″ frame, clubs from across […]

“Le Successeur”

The story of Yoann Gourcuff, unrealized potential, and one magical goal in Bordeaux 11 years ago… “Exceptionnel! Exceptionnel!” The words of Grégoire Margotton still ring in the ears of French fans. January 11, 2009, the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux, 23-year-old midfielder Yoann Gourcuff announced himself to the world with a goal of a lifetime. Winning […]

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