The opening knockout round of the Europa League provided no shortage of surprises, from Tottenham’s shocking exit to Gladbach’s improbable comeback from down 3-0. Such upsets are a unique part of the Europa League. Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League sees giants like Manchester United accompanied by smaller sides like Apoel FC and FK Krasnodar. At this point, everyone seems to really start shifting away from squad rotations to their full first team. So, with only 16 teams remaining, we saw this as a fitting time to make our picks for who we think will take home the silverware. Continue reading Europa League Predictions
The 2016-2017 Premier League season has been a reliable source of entertainment for fans. Aside from the occasional dull game, there has been no shortage of attacking firepower and individual flair. It was very difficult for me to narrow the list of 250 matches played this season down to just 5, and there were many that were very close but just didn’t make the cut. Here now are my top 5 most entertaining matches this season.
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?
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
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
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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