As a United fan, hearing the news of Pogba coming got me really excited. What fan wouldn’t be? Your club just went out and made the most expensive purchase ever, and bought a young talent that was already impressing at the top level. From that point on, everyone thought that this would be a favorite to win the title and be one of the most impressive teams in recent memory. Wrong. Continue reading The Pogba Crisis (Part 2)
In the summer of 2003, international superstar David Beckham broke headlines by joining Real Madrid from Manchester United. The latest signing in the ‘Galacticos’ roster masterminded by president Florentino Perez, Beckham was sure to bring in more fans, revenue and attention to the club than ever before. The list of names he played with is incredible- Zidane, Figo, Casillas, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos. Beckham’s stint at the Spanish capital lasted four years, yet it had a profound impact for the club. In his four seasons, Forbes magazine reported that Beckham helped bring in close to $600 million in merchandise sales to the club. It was an incredibly sensible and, and for lack of a better term, ‘good’ transfer on many levels- the worldwide recognition and monetary benefits this brought for both the player and the club can still be felt today. Continue reading Has the Transfer Market Gone Crazy?
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
So much of the international football scene, and all of the sport for that matter, is dominated by superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. However, these players are aging, and at some point, it will be time for their national teams to think about the next chapter. For example, how many players on these national teams will be seen at the 2022 World Cup? I doubt there will be many that are currently over the age of 3o. In this article, I am going to be taking a look at some of the national teams I think have bright futures, who their key players will be, and how far they can go. For the purposes of this, none of the key players I identify can be over 25, and only one player per country can be over 23. Continue reading National Teams with the Brightest Futures
(“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
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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