European Football

The 2022/23 LaLiga Preview: The Chasing Pack

Who has the potential to gate-crash the Champions League places? The LaLiga season this year appears to have a very defined top two. Despite this, there is serious potential for those other two spots to be occupied by one of many teams. While we already talked about Villarreal and Atlético Madrid, who I think will […]

“No Más”

The racism problem that Spanish football now needs to face… UPDATE: This article was written in the immediate aftermath of the Madrid Derby, but Atlético Madrid have since published a statement on the incidents before and during the match, which you can read in English HERE. LaLiga has a problem. Spanish football has a problem. […]

The 2022/23 LaLiga Preview: The Top Four

Preview en español… Welcome to the beginning of the LaLiga season for 2022/23. The curious, cramped, World Cup season is bound to be an interesting one on the Iberian Peninsula, and we are here to break it all down for you, similar to how we did for the Premier League previously. Unlike the Premier League […]

The Teams to Watch in the 2022/23 Season

The teams that you might not know about but should be watching… As we go into this 2022/23 season, there are plenty of reasons to be excited for the return of European football at all levels. Several exciting moves and additions to Europe’s biggest teams makes discussions around league titles and Champions League winners incredibly […]

It’s Time to Talk About VAR

The difficult conversations about officiating at the top of football… To say that there has been some officiating controversy in the Premier League this weekend would be an understatement, wouldn’t it? You could really say that about the last two weeks, if not more. Maybe over the last year? Two years? Wrongly chalked-off goals, offside […]

La Décision: Money, Politics, Legal Challenges, and Rules That Do Not Matter

On…well…everything else surrounding Mbappé’s decision… For all of the sporting stories that can be spun from Mbappé’s decision, from all of the specifically on-pitch ramifications that come from Mbappé staying in Paris and not going to Madrid, there is something that is still hanging over this whole saga. An ugly, dark truth lurks in the […]

La Décision: Los Blancos Left At the Altar

How Real Madrid should deal with rejection… Well, Real Madrid, are we ok? Are we dealing with this well? Because I have seen some of the reactions to the Mbappé decision in the Spanish media, and it appears we clearly are not dealing with this in a responsible and reasonable manner. It is ok, Madridistas. […]

La Décision: Mbappé Stays

On Kylian Mbappé’s transfer saga and the coming future in Paris… Well, it is finally over. Kylian Mbappé is staying in Paris. The wonderkid forward signed a three year contract with PSG, keeping him at the club until 2025. After months upon months of transfer speculation, theories, and assumptions, Mbappé finally got it over with […]

Magic of the Copa

Real Betis, Valencia, and the cup final that football fans didn’t know we needed… It is Saturday as I write this. The day of the Copa del Rey Final, the crowning match of Spain’s biggest cup competition. It was an occasion years in the making for multiple reasons, but from an outside perspective, it just […]

We All Live In the Yellow Submarine

Villarreal CF’s hilariously improbable rise to where they are now… Today we are going to discuss some human geography. The town of Villarreal, or Vila-real in local dialect, is a small community located in the province of Castellón and within the autonomous Valencian Community along the eastern coast of Spain. It is a town of […]

Diego Simeone’s War Against Football Aesthetics

And why the rampant condescending complaints about “Cholismo” are exactly that… Earlier this week, Manchester City defeated Atlético Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal match up in a grueling and difficult game at the Etihad Stadium. While not an ideal result for Los Colchoneros, having likely wanted the 0-0 in […]

Where Have You Gone, Marcus Rashford?

A nation turns its lonely eyes to you… Disappearing on the pitch. Absent off the pitch. Abused by supporters. Criticized by the media. Man United future in question. Dropped out of the England team. What in the world is wrong with Marcus Rashford? It is the question on everyone’s mind this season. The English winger […]

Remontada

A recap of just how much has changed based on those famous 45 minutes in Madrid… So…the magic of the Champions League, huh? The ability to feel down and defeated in one moment and be brilliantly on top in the next. The ability for the story to change in a split second. It only takes […]

Looking In The Mirror

On Roman Abramovich’s sale of Chelsea, football fans’ introspection regarding the state of the game, and the blurred lines between football and geopolitics… We could truly be reaching the end of an era. Roman Abramovich, the controversial Russian billionaire oligarch who has been the owner of Chelsea Football Club since 2003, has announced today that […]

2021/22 LaLiga Stories Part 5: The Mighty Rayo

How a small team from a barrio in southern Madrid are taking on the giants this season… In Part 4, we looked at one of the best stories of the season for one of the teams outside of the top four. Now, we will look at the team that might be the surprise of the […]

2021/22 LaLiga Stories Part 4: The Brothers Williams

How the resurgent and youthful Lions of Bilbao also share one of the league’s most heartwarming stories… In Part 3, we examined the struggles of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid which took them from expected league title contenders for merely fighting for their right to be in European competition next season. But now, we will look […]

2021/22 LaLiga Stories Part 3: Fallen Giants

The plight of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid… In Part 2, we talked about Sevilla and Real Betis, the surprise title chargers who have taken LaLiga by storm and positioned themselves well within the top four places in the league. But when two places at the top open up for others, it means those top teams […]

2021/22 LaLiga Stories Part 1: The Indomitable Real Madrid

A familiar name at the top of the pile…for now? There have been many interesting stories and headlines around Europe’s Top Five Leagues so far this season, and maybe none of the leagues has been quite as intriguing as LaLiga. Spain’s top flight has a routine current leader, sure, but it becomes more curious and […]

2022’s Potential Breakout Stars: Part 2

A few more to finish out the side… If you have not read Part 1 yet, you can find it here. Now, we finish out this series with a few more bright stars poised for a breakout season. Charlie Patino, Arsenal/England Arsenal’s Hale End Academy has been one of the topics of choice for English […]

2022’s Potential Breakout Stars: Part 1

The young future talents to keep an eye on in the new year… As we tick over from 2021 to 2022, we all wonder as football fans what this new year will bring for the teams and players we love. Who will win the major trophies? What will the world’s biggest stars do? How will […]

2021’s End of Year Superlatives

Capping off our best of the best in 2021… We’ve had quite a year, haven’t we? Ups and downs. Surprises and shocks. Big games. The return of fans. 2021 has been fun for European football, and I am here to celebrate some of the best players, games, moments, and other things as a way to […]

My Team of the 21/22 Season So Far

Kicking off our end of 2021 discussions with a look at this season… So, we are not quite sure when you will be reading this, so just to make sure we cover our bases… Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Joyeux Noël. Feliz Navidad. Frohe Weinachten. Buon Natale. Whatever holiday you may celebrate, whether it be Christmas […]

Tragic, Yet Inevitable: The Solskjær Ending

Reflecting on the end of the Solskjær reign at Manchester United… Well, it has finally happened. After a five hour emergency board meeting, Manchester United have decided to part ways with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær following United’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. The United hero, the “Baby-Faced Assassin”, the man […]

The Four Teams You Should Be Watching This Season

But who may not have the attention they deserve… We are currently about a third of the way into the season, and we have our clear contenders for league and continental silverware coming to the fore. Teams like Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid remain the global colossal teams full of the […]

My Apology to Ajax Amsterdam

Time to address my worst take from the Podcast… So, time for a quick apology. I had a take that was so bad, that aged so poorly, that I needed to respond to it. On our Champions League preview podcast, I made a prediction that I thought was at least a bit bold but not […]

Podcast: Ripping The Band-Aid Off – Discussing Man Utd, Everton, & Lyon Woes

Well, we dive into some uncomfortable territory. Vikram and Jack talk about their favourite teams’ recent woes. In particular, Vikram is feeling the after-effects of Liverpool’s 5-1 thrashing of the Red Devils while Jack discusses how Everton and Lyon’s recent form has been rather dreadful as well. How do we feel about our teams’ respectful […]

UEFA Nations League Final: A Postmortem

Victory for France but optimism for Spain… Two weeks ago, we saw the final resolution of the 2021 UEFA Nations League, with France taking home the honors after a 2-1 come from behind victory against Spain at the San Siro. For a competition that many viewed as glorified friendlies, and one that I quite frankly […]

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. Previously, we named our midfield, and today 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. […]

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 4: Honorable Mentions

A chance for the rest of the league to shine… Welcome back to the Ligue 1 Team of the Season. Previously we covered our front three, but today we will be wrapping this up by naming our honorable mentions. It was an incredibly competitive season, meaning some very talented players missed out on being in […]

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 can look back over the midfield here, but today is all about goals. You might know who is in this, but I would be ready for a […]

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, which you can read back over here, but things begin to get more difficult (and more controversial) from here, so be […]

Ligue 1 Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

How many PSG players will be here? You have to read on this week to find out… Welcome back to the Team of the Season series, where, for our penultimate entry week, we will be covering a league that is near and dear to my heart: France’s Ligue 1. With a title race going down […]

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. Previously, we named our midfield three, and 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 […]

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. Previously, we named our defense and goalkeeper in this team, and in this part, we name our midfield three. And yes, there are Bayern players here now. They were coming eventually. […]

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 […]

LaLiga Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

I changed my mind quite a bit here… Welcome back to the LaLiga Team of the Season, where previously we named our front three to round out the starting team and today will go over our honorable mentions. These were quite difficult for me to pick, much more so than the Premier League honorable mentions. […]

LaLiga Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

You know who one of them is… Welcome back to LaLiga Team of the Season. Previously, we named our midfield trio but 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, […]

LaLiga Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

Slightly easier to choose than the defense… Welcome back to the LaLiga Team of the Season. Previously, we named our back four and goalkeeper in this team. 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, […]

LaLiga 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, LaLiga. As with last week, we start with the defense and progress up the pitch before rounding the series out with some honorable […]

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? […]

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