Jack Transou

A football obsessed aspiring writer who always seems to be digging through stories or watching the game. My obsession and curiosity covers football throughout Europe, but primarily in France and England. My loves are Olympique Lyonnais and Everton FC. Alexandre Lacazette is still my king.

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, where 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 the main team, so we now get […]

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 […]

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, 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 […]

So…We Started A Podcast

And here is how you can listen… Hi, everyone. We just wanted to make a formal announcement that Vikram and I have started a podcast. We aim for the podcast to be weekly, though we are still figuring things out, and we aim to discuss a wide variety of topics in European and Asian football, […]

La Liga Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

I changed my mind quite a bit here… Welcome back to the La Liga Team of the Season, where today we will go over our honorable mentions. These were quite difficult for me to pick, much more so than the Premier League honorable mentions. With how open La Liga has been this season, there have […]

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 […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 4: Honorable Mentions

A chance for me to cure my indecisiveness and recognize the players I was very close to putting into the main team… Welcome back to the Premier League Team of the Season. This part will cover the “honorable mentions”. Each league will have eight honorable mentions, which include one goalkeeper and a somewhat even spread […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 3: The Attack

Harry Kane and friends… Welcome back to our Premier League Team of the Season. In this part, we will name the three best attacking players of this season, which, again, were fairly easy to pick. I will not lie to you all, most of this team picks itself. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) Alright, let us […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 2: The Midfield

You already know who these three players will be, so let’s just get this show on the road… Welcome back to the Premier League Team of the Season. This piece will cover the three midfield positions, which, to be honest, were fairly easy to pick. We are in a 4-3-3 formation, so there will only […]

Premier League Team of the Season Part 1: The Defense

For those that love to defend, as the English say… Welcome to our Team of the Season series, as we look to round up a very weird year of European football by giving you our team of the season for Europe’s Top Five leagues. We will devote one week to each league, releasing each team […]

An American Watches the SPL

Vikram made me watch a week of Singaporean Football, and I have some thoughts… So I watched this most recent match week of the Singaporean Premier League as part of my taking part in Vikram’s SPL Team of the Week series. Saturday evening’s entertainment was Tanjong Pagar’s remarkable 2-2 draw against Tampines Rovers, while on […]

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”. […]

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 […]

Jesse Lingard and the Story of Second Chances

How Jesse Lingard’s rise from the ashes is the feel-good story of the season in the Premier League… We all undoubtedly know who Jesse Lingard is at this point. The English attacking midfielder has seemingly been in the world’s eye for years now, and not necessarily for the right reasons. The kid from Warrington, a […]

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 […]

Harry Kane, It’s Time To Go

After their latest disappointment, it is time for Harry Kane to leave Tottenham… Harry Kane, lad, you do not need this negativity in your life. You are a fantastic player; you do not need to be dealing with this. Now, we love loyalty here. Players building a connection with a club and supporters, sticking out […]

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 Luke Shaw That Was Promised

After all these years, it looks like United have the left back they have been wanting… United have had a very good season, no one is going to doubt that. Their most recent win over Manchester City is another testament to the fact that United have made serious tangible steps forward this season. While they […]

What Season Ticket Prices Can Say About a League

Charlotte FC’s Inaugural Season Ticket prices have caused a stir, but why is this only part of a bigger issue? So you all may have wondered, since I am an American, why I have not delved more into the stories of Major League Soccer? Surely there is plenty to talk about related to how 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 Everton’s Addition of Joshua King

The most 11th hour signing of the window… Among the interesting stories from a quiet Transfer Deadline Day, the player who seemed to be involved in the biggest tug-of-war saga was Bournemouth striker Joshua King. The 29 year old Norwegian was a fixture of the Cherries team during their time in the Premier League, and […]

On Liverpool’s Signing of Ozan Kabak

And Ben Davies, but mainly Ozan Kabak… Liverpool signings are like London buses. You wait forever for one to show up and two show up at the same time. The Reds’ center back crisis has been well-known for quite a while now, and an additional season-ending injury to Joel Matip has only made it substantially […]

On Martin Ødegaard’s Move to Arsenal

Out of the blue… Earlier this week, Arsenal announced the signing of 22 year old Norwegian dynamo Martin Ødegaard. The player joins on a six-month loan from Real Madrid without any option or obligation to purchase, having turned down the opportunity to rejoin Real Sociedad on a similar six month loan deal. He was specifically […]

Why Chelsea Sacked Frank Lampard

And where they go from here… Well, we have reached the moment we all secretly knew was coming. Chelsea announced the sacking of manager Frank Lampard, a day after the club’s 4-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup seemingly eased some of the pressure on the Englishman’s shoulders. Even then, with only two […]

On Fikayo Tomori’s Move to AC Milan

Are you sure, Chelsea? On Sunday, AC Milan announced the loan signing of young English center back Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea. The player joins the Italian giants on loan for the rest of the season, but the loan also, perplexingly, includes a buy option of around €30 million (£25 million) should Milan want to make […]

The Liverpool-Manchester United Aftermath

Bit of a damp squib of a match… Well, that did not live up to the hype and expectation. Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United. The points are shared at Anfield, and the match that was billed as the match of the season did not end up being the best match of the weekend (thanks for picking […]

The Battle of Anfield Road

A preview of the biggest match of the Premier League season… Well, kind of a big game coming up this weekend, then. On Sunday, top of the league Manchester United travel to Anfield to face their bitter rivals and the team directly behind them, second-placed Liverpool. This has been billed as must-see TV, a heavyweight […]

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 3: Teams to Watch This Season

In this part, we look at the sides that you need to watch when you have the chance… AC Milan Are AC Milan back? Will they win the Scudetto? I have no idea, but they are certainly a team to keep an eye on. They are a fun team to watch, and while they may […]

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 […]

Looking to 2021 Part 1: The Year’s Potential Breakout Stars

In our first preview of the year, we look at some of the young players that could enjoy break out years and enter the mainstream football discussion… Welcome to 2021! As a follow up to our 2020 Year In Review, I will be writing a few posts to give you some topics, stories, players, and […]

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 […]

The Curious Case of William Saliba

Why the Frenchman is nowhere to be seen, and how internal politics at the football club may cause Arsenal to miss out on a bright young star… In July of 2019, Arsenal completed a massive transfer coup in signing Saint-Étienne’s wunderkind teenage center back William Saliba for a reasonable-but-not-insignificant fee of £27 million. The Gunners […]

The Italian Job

How Carlo Ancelotti needed only a year to dramatically change Everton’s fortunes, and where they go from here… On Christmas Day 2019, Everton Football Club found themselves in 15th. A few weeks prior, they had sacked manager Marco Silva, the fourth permanent manager to be removed by the Merseyside club since David Moyes’ departure in […]

On Dominik Szoboszlai’s Move to RB Leipzig

Keeping it in the family… Yesterday, RB Leipzig announced the signing of Hungarian international and wunderkind sensation Dominik Szoboszlai from sister club RB Salzburg in Austria. The youngster will join Leipzig in January on a four and a half year deal after the club activated his €25 million release clause. The move is a coup […]

“It’s Over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United”

On Mino Raiola’s perplexingly-timed comments, why the timing was so poor, and what it means for all parties moving forward… Earlier yesterday, football super-agent Mino Raiola made the, let’s say interesting, decision to give an interview with Italian outlet Tuttosport regarding Paul Pogba’s situation with Manchester United. The Frenchman’s contract at United expires at the […]

Arteta Under Fire?

What exactly is wrong with Arsenal, and is Arteta facing the sack should the Gunners’ fortunes not improve? Exactly one year ago from about a week ago, November 29th, 2019, Arsenal sacked then-manager Unai Emery. At the time, Arsenal were coming off a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League, their seventh consecutive […]

Why did we need this International Break?

There’s literally a pandemic going on… Why did we need this international break? It is a very simple question. Now, do not get me wrong, I am not one of those people who bashes international football during every international break. I love international football; it offers a certain spectacle, a certain color and flair that […]

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, […]

Turning a Corner?

After a difficult start to the season, are Manchester United showing signs of life? To say the season started poorly for Manchester United would be an understatement. The Red Devils started the season with a stunning 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace and followed that up with a fairly fortunate 3-2 win against Brighton and a […]

English Football’s Hostage Crisis

How “Project Big Picture” hides its nefarious intentions behind a veil of perceived benevolence… Yes, this is a very strongly worded title. It is intentionally done so, and you will see why soon enough. This past weekend, the Daily Telegraph leaked a proposed plan for financial restructuring and debt relief within English professional football. This […]

City’s Defensive Wall Reshaped?

On Manchester City’s acquisition of Rúben Dias and how it may or may not fix their defensive issues… Manchester City finally got their center back target this summer. Rúben Dias, the promising young Portuguese center back that launched into the spotlight in Portugal’s Nations League triumph, joins the Citizens from Benfica for £62 million plus […]

An Unexpected Reunion

Why Gareth Bale could, and could not, be exactly what Tottenham needs… Tottenham announced the shock resigning of Gareth Bale this past week, with the player returning to North London on loan from Real Madrid. It was a deal that seemed to come out of the blue, almost seemingly being a tacked-on extra to Tottenham’s […]

A Brand New Midfield

What Everton’s new signings mean for Carlo Ancelotti’s team and their chances at finally challenging the Big Six… Everton have been active in the transfer market, bringing in three big name signings in a matter of a week. Allan Marques, James Rodríguez, and Abdoulaye Doucouré joined the Toffees from Napoli, Real Madrid, and Watford, respectively, […]

My Response to Vikram’s Article About Donny van de Beek

He may not be an exact fit, but that does not make him a bad signing… Two days ago, Manchester United announced their first signing of the summer. Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek joins the Red Devils from Ajax for an initial £35 million fee, not including add-ons. The 23 year old signed a […]

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. […]

Super Bayern

How Hansi Flick’s Bavarian Revolution turned a season nearing disaster into one of complete European conquest… Feature Image by Peter H from Pixabay Bayern Munich are champions of Europe for the sixth time in their history. It was never really in doubt, was it? Aside from a few scares against Lyon in the semifinal and […]

“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 […]

What on Earth is Wrong With Everton?

Years of mismanagement and irresponsibility have made Ancelotti’s job that much harder Everton’s humiliating 3-0 loss to Wolves last weekend was one that many Everton fans are familiar with. That same feeling of “one step forward, two steps back” has encapsulated the Evertonian experience over the last several seasons. The loss also demonstrated that, despite […]

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 […]

Serie A Week In Review

Do we have a presumptive champion already? Welcome to the Serie A Week in Review. It’s been a little while since we have had one of these, but we are back. Here, we will be naming our player of the week, our three winners and losers, and discussing what we learned from another week (or […]

Premier League Week in Review

The start of something special for a few teams? Welcome to the Premier League Week in Review, where we take a look back at everything that has happened in the last week or so in England’s top flight league. We go over our player of the week, name three winners and losers, and discuss what […]

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 […]

La Liga Week in Review

Another twist in the title race… Welcome to La Liga Week in Review, where we review everything that happened in the top flight of Spanish football in the last week. We name our player of the week, our three winners and losers, and discuss what we learned after a week of matches. It was a […]

Arsenal’s Guendouzi Situation

On the crossroads facing Arsenal and their young French midfielder, and why the right choice may not be the obvious one… Mattéo Guendouzi arrived in North London as an unknown, rose to be a promising and exciting young prospect in an Arsenal team with several exciting young talents, but just as quickly as that all […]

Bundesliga Week in Review

End-of-Season Special… Welcome to the final Bundesliga Week in Review of the season. We will go over our player of the week, winners and losers, and wrap up some of the main things we have learned these last few weeks about the Bundesliga. We’re going to wrap up the season with a nice bow, only […]

Premier League Week In Review

Title Edition… Welcome back to the Premier League Week in Review, where we discuss everything that has happened in England’s top flight league. We name our player of the week, our winners and losers, and discuss what we learned. So what has happened? Well, quite a bit… Player of the Week Anthony Martial, Manchester United […]

La Liga Week in Review (6/15-6/21)

A twist in the title race… Welcome to the week in review, where we cover what has happened in La Liga for the last week, covering Match Days 29 and 30. We share our player of the week, pick our winners and losers, and state what we learned from the last week. Player of the […]

Serie A is back!

And this is slightly late cus they had a cup final a few days ago… Feature Image by Marco Pomella from Pixabay Serie A has returned, and with it, the four of the top five leagues with plans to return this season have all followed through. Italian football really returned last week, as the semifinals […]

On Timo Werner’s Move to Chelsea

Frank Lampard finally has his man… Feature Image by Andreas H. from Pixabay German striker Timo Werner was among the hottest commodities in Europe after an incredible season for RB Leipzig. Several teams were after the German’s signature, but it seemed he was destined to a move to Merseyside to join his countryman Jürgen Klopp […]

The Premier League is Back!

The one many of you have been waiting for… Feature Image by Kelvin Stuttard from Pixabay The Premier League has returned! Despite all of the questions, doubts, and concerns surrounding Project Restart, it seems that the Premier League (and Championship) season will be completed. But where did we leave off? What are the major stories […]

La Liga Match Week Review (6/11-6/14)

The Match Week Reviews get a decidedly Spanish flair this week, as we add a new league into the mix… Welcome to the Match Week Review, where we talk about the football we just watched, but for this edition, we discuss the first match week of the resumed La Liga season. We will name our […]

Bundesliga Match Week Review (6/12-6/14)

Another twist in the relegation race, plus much more… Welcome to the Match Week Review, where we talk about the football we just watched. We will name our player of the match week, three winners and losers, and discuss what we learned from Match Week 31 in the Bundesliga. So what happened this weekend? In […]

La Liga Has Returned!

The football world is very slowly returning to normal… Feature Image by J. Ketelaars from Pixabay Spanish football has returned! La Liga joins the Bundesliga among the top five leagues returning to action, but where did we leave off? What are the major stories to follow? What players should you look out for? This article […]

Bundesliga Match Week Review (6/3-6/7)

A clear champion now, but things are sure getting lively elsewhere… Welcome to the Match Week Review, where we go over the previous match weekend in the Bundesliga. We will name our player of the match week, three winners and losers, and discuss what we learned from another match week in the Bundesliga. This week’s […]

The Paul Pogba Question

Is there room on Solskjær’s new project for the Frenchman, or is his time in Manchester over? Feature Image by Jakub Mularski from Pixabay Paul Pogba. Merely the mention of his name could make Graeme Souness incensed. The French midfielder is firmly in the prime of his career, with a World Cup winner’s medal to […]

Match Week Review (5/29-6/1)

In the first week post-Klassiker, how much did things change? Welcome to the Weekend Review, where we go over the previous match weekend in the Bundesliga. We will name our player of the match week, three winners and losers, and discuss what we learned from Match Week 29. But first, a programming note. In the […]

Midweek Review (5/26-5/27)

The Klassiker English Week… Welcome to Midweek Review, where we look back at the first midweek match days of the restarted Bundesliga season, highlighting the best player of the match days, three winners and losers, and wrap up with the five things we learned. Player of the Match Week Maximilian Arnold, VfL Wolfsburg (1 goal […]

Midweek Preview: Der Klassiker Edition

A potentially title-deciding match in Westphalia… Feature Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from Pixabay Welcome to the Midweek Preview, where we are going to do something a little bit different than usual. Instead of giving a quick preview of the major matches in the Bundesliga’s first Englische Woche since the league’s resumption, I will […]

Match Week Review (5/22-5/24)

The warm-up for an important mid-week round… Welcome to the Match Week Review, where we go over the match week that has passed, naming a player of the match week, three winners and losers, and five things we learned. So let us look back at Match Week 27 in the Bundesliga… Player of the Match […]

Match Week Preview (5/22-5/24)

The Football is still happening Welcome to the Match Week Preview, where we will preview and predict the major matches happening in the Bundesliga for the 27th Match Week. Friday 5/22 Hertha Berlin vs. Union Berlin The Berlin Derby takes a unique and different turn in these circumstances, as the biggest game of the season […]

Match Week Review (5/16-5/18)

Isn’t it so great to talk about actual live football again? Feature Image by Michi S from Pixabay Welcome to a new series, the Match Week Review, where we look back at the previous match week, naming a player of the match week, as well as the winners and losers and some things we have […]

Weekend Preview (5/16-5/18)

And we’re back… Football has returned, and we have missed it. The Bundesliga will be making its return from hiatus, and as football has returned, so too has the Weekend Preview. This weekend, and the upcoming weekends, will take a decidedly German flavor, and if/when more leagues reset, we will incorporate them in. I will […]

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 […]

My First Live Football Match

Following in the steps of Vikram, I will also share a personal football story, one that reminds us of the bond we have to this game… So for those who do not know, I support two teams: Everton and Olympique Lyonnais (If you have issue with that, then know that I do not care). I […]

Should the English Football Season Continue?

A very difficult question for which there is seemingly no right answer… (Feature Image by maxopt from Pixabay) The Premier League, in partnership with the British Government and Football League, have pitched their plan to resume the league season. This plan, dubbed “Project Restart”, shows the commitment of the footballing authorities in England, as well […]

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 […]

Anatomy of a Win: Inter 4-2 AC Milan

Derby mania sends the Nerazzurri top of the league Welcome to “Anatomy of a Win”, where we take a famous result from this season and break down how it happened. Today we look at Inter’s come from behind victory in the Derby della Madonnina from February 2020. Inter came from two goals down to complete […]

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 […]

Anatomy of a Win: Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (2-4 agg.)

Long live Cholismo Welcome to “Anatomy of a Win”, where we look at a major result from this season and break down how it happened. Today, we look at Atletico Madrid’s triumph against Liverpool. Atleti claimed a historic victory this past week, going to Anfield on a European night and beating Liverpool 3-2 in extra […]

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