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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 […]

Statement Signing Stipe Plazibat Shines as Sailors overcome ten-man Eagles

Lion City Sailors have been making waves in the local footballing scene since tech firm Sea’s takeover of Home United. Besides becoming a fully privatized club, the Sailors have recently launched their football academy, and they made the news recently by becoming the first academy in Singapore to receive AFC’s one-star rating. Geylang International were […]

The Singapore Premier League is Back: Hougang Stun Tampines and Tanjong Pagar Made to Rue Missed Chances

After 211 days of local professional football being absent from our TV screens, the Singapore Premier League has finally resumed. However, there were certain changes made by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS). Instead of a three-round league, only 2 rounds would be played, with cup competitions cancelled. Moreover, just like many of the European […]

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 […]

Some of Manchester United’s Unanswered Questions before the start of the season

While the Premier League has officially started, Manchester United will only begin their campaign this weekend against Crystal Palace. The Red Devils were given an extended break after progressing to the semi-finals of the Europa League, and thus, their supposed opening fixture against Burnely got postponed. While other teams kickstarted their season, the Red Devils […]

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, […]

Taking Youth Football to Another level – A chat with Habil Hakim

For Singapore footballing standards in Singapore to grow, we need to ensure that there are enough opportunities for youth players to develop. This is why football academies are essential. Given the limited number of professional Singapore Premier League clubs, and by extension, the limited number of Centre of Excellences (COEs), football academies play an instrumental […]

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. […]

Donny van de Beek is a quality signing but is he a priority for United?

I have mixed feelings about Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek. Recently, BBC Sport reported that Manchester United have agreed to personal terms with the midfielder and have negotiated a £40 million move with Ajax. On paper, it represents a well-calculated move by Manchester United. Like Bruno Fernandes, United haven’t overpaid for the Dutch […]

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 […]

The K-League is the new top destination for ASEAN footballers

Starting this season, the K-League has added an extra foreign player slot for players from ASEAN football federation members. Yes, that means that players from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei, and Myanmar could potentially feature in the K-League seasons to come. However, and mostly because of the coronavirus pandemic restricting travel, […]

“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 […]

Meet Gavin Lee, Singapore’s Brightest Coaching Prospect – Part 1: The Journey to Topflight Football

Even though Singapore has a professional football league with seven local professional clubs, the pool of players is small. There are many reasons for this, and one of them is the fact that most parents discourage their children from pursuing a professional career in sports. While many parents may be supportive of their children taking […]

Manchester United’s Return: The Reds Go Marching On…

An Article by Khertan Harshad Ramanan The Season It has been a rollercoaster of a season for Manchester United, the players, the manager and the fans. It was a dream start for United as they ruthlessly overcame Chelsea 4-0 on opening day which gave fans huge expectations. However, the score in that match did not […]

Monthly Update: New Developments in August

Greetings to our fellow Kakis. It has been a while since I’ve updated you, our readers, on what has transpired behind the scenes. Let me first thank each and every one of you who has supported us by reading our content and sharing it around. Really, thank you very much. Why? Well, I’m pleased to […]

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 […]

Yes, Nathan Aké is worth 41 million pounds.

Is Nathan Aké worth 41 million? The short answer is yes. Manchester City have recently signed Nathan Aké from Bournemouth for 41 million pounds. It is hardly surprising that Aké chose to leave the Cherries following their relegation. A player of his calibre should not play at the Championship, and it was only a matter […]

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? […]

A New Challenge Outside England: Angel Gomes Moves to Lille

When Angel Gomes left Manchester United at the end of June, many believed he would secure a quick move to Chelsea or another top-flight club in Europe. Rumours circulated that Chelsea were seriously considering signing the player. However, no offer came from Stamford Bridge, and since the start of July, the pacey attacking midfielder has […]

Goodbye Alexis Sánchez. I’m Genuinely Sorry It Didn’t Work Out

It would seem that Alexis Sánchez’s time with the Red Devils is finally coming to a close. After a two and a half year “association” with the club, Internazionale look to make his season-long loan move into a permanent one. Quite honestly, it is a move that suits all parties: Inter would not pay a […]

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 […]

A Response to “Getting Real with United”

This write-up is in response to Vikram’s article, Getting Real with Manchester United. A rich vein of form followed by a week of “abysmal” results. Manchester United were unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions since their 0 – 2 loss against Burnley in late January. United were then brought back to earth after their […]

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 […]

Liverpool’s 30-Year Wait for Premier League Glory

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp and his players for their first ever Premier League title for the club. It has been a long await title and many fans have waited too long for this to happen. However, their EPL glory is shaped by a few factors that will be further delved […]

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 […]