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Zaid Pathan

A huge fan of Peter Drury's bombastic post-goal narration and an ardent football follower since his teens, Zaid believes the beautiful game is the best mode of escape from the daily hustle and bustle. He particularly loves to watch the Premier League and wants English clubs to dominate Europe again.

“Life may or may not be beautiful, but football surely is”


Total articles: 78

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Premier League
Can Romelu Lukaku defy his big-game hoodoo two matches running?
08:05 Sunday 10th March 2019

Barely over two months into the caretaker job, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned the tables for Manchester United with a series of scintillating results. A warm and fresh Norwegian breeze has everyone at Old Trafford revitalised. Almost…

Fa Cup
Can Crystal Palace hurt already wounded Spurs?
08:00 Sunday 27th January 2019

Giant slayers, aren’t they? Well, this would’ve been beyond any question if Crystal Palace would’ve come with at least something at Anfield last weekend. But unfortunately, they lost 4-3 to Liverpool. Despite the loss, there…

Managerial News
12 Days of Football 2018: Eight Managers Managing
08:00 Saturday 29th December 2018

On the 8th Day of Football, UEFA gave to me Eight Managers Managing Seven Sides-a-Sinking, Six Games Amazing, FIVE GOLDEN GOALS, Four Calls Blown, Three French Clubs, Two title races and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City Welcome to It's…

Premier League
Equal Time: Keep Pogba; Sack Mourinho
10:00 Sunday 16th December 2018

So, it seems Jose Mourinho’s third-season syndrome isn’t a myth after all. Manchester United stumbled out of the gate in August and rather than stabilise the squad, Mourinho's rhetoric sounds increasingly resigned to the situation.…

Premier League
Unai Emery is showcasing how pragmatic approach works
08:00 Monday 10th December 2018

Arsenal's win over Spurs in the North London Derby not only reopened the debate for the best London club but it also provided justification for the Gunners picking Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor. Emery's arrival at…

Premier League
Is Jurgen Klopp’s new system best for his Liverpool squad?
12:00 Tuesday 20th November 2018

Neutrals and critics will have you believe Liverpool are not playing with the same intensity they did last season. At first, this might seem degradation even after heavy spending in the summer transfer window. But that’s not the…

Italy
Roma paying the price for selling experienced players
12:00 Monday 5th November 2018

“Roma have risen from their ruins. Manolas, the Greek god in Rome!” Peter Drury shouted at the top of his voice when Kostas Manolas headed into the back of the net in the 82nd minute against Barcelona, sending Roma into the…

Opinion
Liverpool’s squad depth is too good for their own good
17:00 Friday 12th October 2018

Since Jurgen Klopp took over in 2015, Liverpool has undertaken a prominent rise in the Premier League. Last season, they made headlines when they reached Champions League final, beating Manchester City en-route. The style of football that Klopp…

Premier League
Is Everton destined to struggle without a prolific goalscorer?
09:00 Friday 28th September 2018

Sunday's defeat to Arsenal meant Everton has picked up just one victory in the opening six Premier League games. The Emirates debacle dropped the Toffees to 12th position, with six points. Manager Marco Silva has been left immensely…

Premier League
Is Fred turning out to be an unnecessary signing for Manchester United?
08:00 Sunday 2nd September 2018

Everything at Manchester United seems doomed now. Both Jose Mourinho and Edward Woodward are facing the music from all genres of the footballing world. The self-proclaimed Special One is continuously moaning. It all started on pre-season tour.…

Premier League
How a tactical switch would help Tottenham with their central midfield woes
15:00 Monday 13th August 2018

Tottenham Hotspur, the sole side in the Premier League who didn’t manage to sign one single player in the recently concluded summer transfer window. Now, Mauricio Pochettino will have to do with last season’s squad; until…

World Cup
Is Gareth Southgate too predictable to halt Croatia?
09:30 Tuesday 10th July 2018

Gareth Southgate has done more than inspire his players. He has started a revolution. I have no idea how long it will last, however. For the first time in this tournament, Southgate and England will face a real test when they take the pitch…

World Cup
World Cup Round of 16: Sweden and Switzerland battle for the title of most underrated
08:30 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The penultimate round of 16 game will witness Sweden lock horns with Switzerland in the 67,000 capacity Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.   This will be the two nations 29th meeting, but it's their first in a…

World Cup
Nerves of steel? Can Germany prove their mental strength?
08:00 Saturday 23rd June 2018

Two thoughts dominate my mind regarding die Mannschaft. In the words of American politician Alan Grayson: When nobody is paying attention, anything is possible. And those of Gary Lineker In the end, the Germans always win. So what if it’s…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group E
12:30 Tuesday 12th June 2018

Group E could be the most enthralling group in the competition thanks to the diversity of the four teams involved. Brazil's technical wizardry, Costa Rica's relentless fight, high-flying Switzerland, and defensively sound Serbia, who…