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How has Jose Mourinho rejuvenated Manchester United?

Last week was the first time this season that Manchester United claimed four successive league wins. It’s not something to celebrate about but, it definitely means something after what they have gone through earlier this season. Manchester United are now getting the rewards for their hard work and it’s reflecting in the recent results. Finally, there is some sense of ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo snubs mega move to China

Jorge Mendes, the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, has come out today and revealed that his client turned down the opportunity to earn over $105m/year from an unnamed Chinese Super League club. It’s reported that the club made the offer whilst Ronaldo was negotiating his new contract with Real Madrid back in November. Read More »

AFCON 2017: Just how much will Dortmund miss Aubameyang?

One of the few African players you just can’t help but admire is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the Gabonese striker has been prolific for Dortmund since joining them. Sadly for the Yellow Submarine, national team duty will be the priority for Aubameyang as the AFCON begins in January – how much will Dortmund miss the Neymar look-alike? Read More »

Were Arsenal right to loan Jack Wilshere?

We’re halfway through the season, and with the January window just around the corner. This is the perfect time to sit back and assess decisions that were made in the summer window. On the  31st of August, earth-shattering news broke that sent shockwaves around the Arsenal fanbase. News that Jack Wilshere would be leaving the Gunners to complete a season-long ... Read More »

Olivier Giroud set to sign new contract at Arsenal

Reports emerging today suggest that Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is on the verge of signing a new contract to stay in London for another two years. The Frenchman’s current deal expires in 2018, at the end of next season. But Wenger has made it a high priority to tie the forward down quickly. Read More »

Time for Swans to say no more Mr Nice Guy

Purely based on personality, if there is an English equivalent for José Mourinho, it has to be Nigel Pearson. Roughhousing with opposing players during a match and engaging in semantic pissing contests with journalists during pressers will quickly earn you a reputation for surliness. I’m even beginning to believe, in light of the Special One’s recent pre-match diplomacy towards West Brom’s Tony Pulis– Tony ... Read More »

How likely is Simon Kuper’s prediction for a football dystopia ruled by analytics and technology?

This image was attached with the kind permission of Liem Nguyen of PixelReborn.com

Simon Kuper’s place in football journalism was secured when Soccernomics, co-written with Stefan Symanski, was published in 2006. He’d written other books previously, and more since, but Soccernomics forever equated him with the growing analytics movement sweeping across athletics. Because writers are criminally underpaid, the Ugandan-born Dutchman frequently contributes to ESPNFC to keep the lights on. Thursday last, he posted one of ... Read More »

Flashback: 2016 – A year of surprises

As we have entered into the final week of 2016, and before we bid adieu to the year, I would like to take you to a short memory ride of the football events that left the world shell-shocked at times, and these stories and situations are why we all love the beautiful game so much. Read More »

Three players destined to win the Ballon d’Or in their careers

Not since 2007 has any player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or; the latest instalment of which was won by Ronaldo after an unbelievable 2016. While we would love to see both of them play forever, it is simply impossible. So let’s take a look at 3 players who are destined to win one of football’s ... Read More »

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