Category Archives: Analysis

Leicester City: Champions to Championship?

It’s been a tale of two seasons for Leicester City. At this time last year, the Foxes were riding high in first place in the EPL, in the midst of their fairy-tale title run. This season, however, they are currently in a 6-team relegation battle with Middlesbrough, Swansea, Hull, Crystal Palace, and Sunderland. While many of us have been trying to avoid this for as long as possible, it’s time to take a look at the possibility of a relegation of the reigning champs, and what this would mean for everyone involved. Continue reading Leicester City: Champions to Championship?

The Issue with Goalkeepers

(By Clément Bucco-Lechat Under CC BY-SA 3.0, modified)

What is wrong with the modern day goalkeeper? Nowadays, goalkeepers don’t catch the ball as often as they should, and often make the wrong decisions on when or when not to come out to claim a cross/when defending a 1v1. This causes goals scored on your team which can cause hatred and disbelief in your ability from your team and more importantly your manager. The worst part is it’s so avoidable. Continue reading The Issue with Goalkeepers

Is the Magic of the FA Cup Real?

The FA Cup quite a remarkable competition. Having originated 146 years ago in 1871, it is one of the oldest domestic football competitions in the world. While it cannot compare to the glories of the Champions League or a Premier League title, the competition carries a certain aura to it that other competitions like the EFL Cup (Capital One Cup) cannot easily emulate. A special characteristic of the FA Cup is that any professional team in England within the top 10 divisions is eligible to enter. This leads to rare fixtures like non-league side Sutton United facing Champions League participants Arsenal, and Lincoln City prepping for a match against Premier League opposition Burnley. Inevitably, this can lead to ‘giant killings’- massive underdogs often taking down the toughest of opposition. Dubbed the “magic of the FA Cup”, it would not be an overstatement to say this ‘magic’ is what makes the competition truly special. Continue reading Is the Magic of the FA Cup Real?

Why Ronaldo Should Return to United

In 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo shocked the world of football when he decided it was time to part ways with Manchester United. In June of 2009, Ronaldo was sold to Real Madrid for a world record £80 million pounds. This left United fans upset and disappointed but brought huge excitement to Madrid. Now, after 8 years, there have been some reports that he may make a departure from Real in the near future. In fact, The clubs former president has stated that he thinks Ronaldo is likely to finish his career in England. Continue reading Why Ronaldo Should Return to United

Is China Ruining Football?

What has China done to modern football?

Ramires, Alex Teixera, Oscar, Hulk, John Obi Mikel, Carlos Tevez, Graziano Pelle, and Jackson Martinez – these are just some of many big names lured to China to play football. Their motive was that it clearly was their childhood dream to win the Asian Champions League, right? Wrong. All these players have been lured by the strong financial strength of the Chinese Super League. Continue reading Is China Ruining Football?

The Future for Son

This weekend, as I was watching the Tottenham-Wycombe FA Cup fixture, Tottenham Hotspur went down 2-0 at halftime. After a seemingly effective Pochettino halftime talk, the Spurs equalized within 20 minutes. But there were more twists to this tale; Wycombe scored what seemed be the winner with 7 minutes remaining in regular time. But, once again, Spurs weren’t done – Dele equalized 6 minutes later and Heung-min Son won it deep into stoppage time. This was the second consecutive match in which I saw Son bail out Tottenham (after he equalized late in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City). This led me back to his magical form at the start of the season, which won him EPL Player of the Month. But no matter what he does, he can’t seem to crack into Tottenham’s starting lineup, which led me to a very interesting question: What’s next for Son? Continue reading The Future for Son

Gabriel Jesus: The Savior?

(By Andre Borges/Agência Brasília under CC BY 2.0)

Brazil has always had a knack for producing talented footballers. Such players currently include the likes of Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, and Roberto Firmino, who are all enjoying successful careers and have become fan favorites at their respective clubs. We have come to know them as graceful on the ball, beautiful in their shooting, and creative in their passes. Perhaps most of all, Brazilians have become known for possessing a passion for the game that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

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The Griezmann Effect

(“Antoine Griezmann, 10 curiosità sul fra” (CC BY 2.0) by NazionaleCalcio)

Reports have it that Griezmann will be on the market this summer with United close to the top of the list to get him. Griezmann really blew up at the 2016 Euros where he scored 6 goals and took home the golden boot despite France falling short to Portugal. Not only did he bring energy to the team but he scared other teams he played against.  Continue reading The Griezmann Effect

The Pogba Crisis

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With a new generation of footballers, lots of traditional standards are disappearing. Ideals of loyalty and passion are slowly shrinking, and players have become obsessed with growing their individual brand. As this season has unfolded, I’ve found myself asking one question in particular: Has Paul Pogba become bigger than Manchester United itself? Continue reading The Pogba Crisis