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Ibra injury blessing in disguise for Manchester United?

Thursday saw perhaps the most dramatic night at Old Trafford this season. Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford struck in the second half of extra time to seal a Europa League semifinal berth for Manchester United. However, late celebrations came with a steep price. Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic had earlier limped off with knee injuries. Both losses are huge blows for United but the Ibra injury just may ... Read More »

Chris Wood’s Remarkable Rise Through English Football

Older English fans may confuse Kiwi striker Chris Wood with legendary British keeper Chris Woods, but the former is making the name his own.

If you followed the English game in the late eighties and early nineties, you will remember Chris Woods. The well decorated goalkeeper won more than a dozen titles at club level, played 43 times for the Three Lions, and made a staggering 603 appearances for eight clubs, six in England. He was so good, at one point, he didn’t concede in 1,196 consecutive ... Read More »

CONCACAF’s Multinational World Cup Bid Ridiculous

The Canada/US/Mexico multinational World Cup bid will give fans first-hand experience with Jules Vernes Around the World in Eighty Days.

There should always be more than one way to do something. What’s more, people, if not cats, should remain open to alternative methods. I mention this because FIFA, through new president Gianni Infantino has expressed its desire to favor multinational World Cup bids in the future. In what would have seemed an extremely ridiculous response before Donald Trump was elected US President, ... Read More »

Nations League Bad Idea For CONCACAF

CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani is a proponent of suspension of belief as he tries to sell his constituencly on its own Nations League.

Suspension of disbelief is a powerful psychological concept usually applied to fiction. To be entertained, people are willing to believe there can be superheroes with incredible strength, ability to fly, control magic, or take on arachnoid characteristics after being bitten by a radioactive spider. They’ll also accept predators and prey can live together in a Zootopia without wondering what the lions ... Read More »

A New Spring for the Champions League?

The Champions League needs a new spring to reach maximum excitement levels.

Every new spring in America is beautiful. I’m not talking about the sun coming out, temperatures rising, slender green shoots sprouting from fertile soil, flowers blooming, birds warbling, or squirrels scampering. I’m sure that’s all wonderful and I’ve heard of it. I even have a few murky memories from having experienced such things before becoming a sports fan. What’s done is done, however. These days, ... Read More »

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is far better than Diego Costa

Romelu Lukaku's future may not be as an Everton striker but its bright.

So I’m looking at these two strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Diego Costa, and it’s becoming crystal clear to me, that Costa can’t actually hold a candle to Lukaku. The Everton striker will be a much better option for Chelsea.  Diego Costa is a proven goalscorer, no doubt about that. But even among proven goalscorers, there are better proven goalscorers. This ... Read More »

Could Chelsea slip up?

Chelsea’s shock defeat at home to Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, thanks to goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christen Benteke, gave hope to a Tottenham side who beat Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor. But, with the gap still a sizeable seven points, can Spurs achieve the impossible? Could Chelsea slip? Let’s look ahead to remaining fixtures to see where they might. Read More »

Ten Top U21 Players in Europe

Gianluigi Donnarumma is the lone goalkeeper on this list of top U21 players

There are few more exciting sights in football than seeing a young player burst onto the scene, playing with talent and flair that pulls fans from their seats, and a seasoned professional’s assurance. In no particular order, let’s take a look at ten top U21 players in Europe right now. Read More »

FIFA Announce Regional Allocations for 48-Nation World Cup in 2026

FIFA will profit from 48 regional allocations for the 2026 World Cup

The BBC’s Richard Conway broke the news on Thursday. FIFA and the six continental federations have agreed on regional allocations for the expanded forty-eight nation World Cup in 2026. Here is a breakdown for each continent’s allotment with thoughts on possible implications. Number of nations which will compete from each federation are in parentheses. Read More »

Who is Ryan Sessegnon?

­The English league has seen some real young, raw talent come through the ranks in recent history. Most notably Gareth Bale rising through the Southampton and Spurs academy whilst Marcus Rashford is proving his worth in the United ranks. I look at another youngster giving it a real go in 16-year-old, Ryan Sessegnon. Read More »

Liverpool wonderkid Ben Woodburn earns Wales call-up

Ben Woodburn initially gained recognition for his standout performances for Liverpool at youth level, which saw the youngster fast-tracked into the senior side at the beginning of this campaign. After being included in the latest Wales squad for the first time, the 17-year-old is now in the process of developing his career for both club and country. Read More »

The Next Yaya Toure

If Manchester City ever needed to sign a player in the Summer Transfer Window, it is Atalanta prodigy Franck Kessie. Read More »

The three most outstanding French teenagers this season

The French Ligue 1 is renowned for grooming and nurturing raw talents who in the long run blossom into some of the best players in the world. And this season hasn’t been an exception with teenagers taking the French top flight by storm with superb and improbable performances way beyond their age. Read More »

The Europe-Wide Battle For Moussa Dembele

20 years of age, 26-goals, 3 hat-tricks and is quite possibly the best player Scotland has ever seen in their top tier; Moussa Dembele has gone from an unheard of Fulham youngster to the hottest striking prodigy in World Football in less than 7 months. Read More »

Freddy Adu – From football’s hottest prospect to sadly unemployed.

If you were a keen fan of Football Manager in the noughties you would have inevitably googled ‘Best Football Manager Wonderkids’ – and top of that list around 2005, more often than not, would have been a young American teenager called Freddy Adu, once tipped for success now he is desperate to sign a club after being rejected by several, ... Read More »

Taking Marco van Basten seriously

Opening minds in this day and age is even more difficult than unlocking a defense with ten men behind the ball. Those who fear globalization and climate legislation may force uncertain change in their lives are gaining political power, threatening to stagnate society into a dull existence of losses and nil-nil draws that will eventually relegate humanity to self-extinction. Accepting new challenges in ... Read More »

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