The Rise of Chile – Viva El Sampaolisimo!

“My relationship with Bielsa is almost mythical. Through his excellence he justifies an attacking style that I have always identified with, and I subscribe to his philosophy and ideas. Although Marcelo is constantly…

The Great American Soccer World Cup

It’s almost upon us. Five days from today, the most eagerly-anticipated event in the history of sports will commence. This event is often credited with uniting the whole world in peace and…

The quest for La Decima via Equilibrio

“Equilibrio” That one word was ever present in Carlo Ancelotti’s press conferences since he signed up to be Madrid’s coach. It was also the one thing that Mou-drid lacked. For all of…

In defence of Tiki Taka

Chelsea and Bayern Munich lost their respective Champions League semi-finals. They did not just lose, but rather both teams were comprehensively out-played and beaten comfortably. On the tactical spectrum, Mourinho and Pep…

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud: Part Deux

(All statistics in this piece are from WhoScored and Squawka.) Over a year ago, I wrote ‘Olivier Giroud: A bit more than what meets the eye’ for Football Paradise. The Frenchman has…

Barca – Més que un club en problems

  2013 was supposed to a year of revolution at Barcelona. With the now late Tito Vilanova unable to continue, the club were going to appoint a manager for the first time…

Walk on with hope in your heart

There are multiple ways to play football. There are multiple systems which work as frameworks for teams to promulgate a club’s, it’s locality’s and a country’s cultural heritage – simply by the…

ó, aqueles dias!

Confederations Cup final, 2013. Brazil vs Spain. Neymar gave one of his best performances till date and guided the home nation to a rather fantastic 3-0 victory. Saying that Gerard Pique and…

Schizophrenic Arsenal

What has this season come to? It’s a rhetoric question and I don’t know the answer to it myself. Every devoted supporter feels an immense pain when their club gets knocked about…

I’m a United fan and I’m not a Plastic!

“My Name is Khan, and I’m not a terrorist.” Yes, I’ve clearly plagiarised this and modified it into my article title. Congratulations on your genius, if you screamed “Aha!” as soon as…

The legend of Carles Puyol

The year is 2009. The venue is the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Cristiano Ronaldo, the Ballon D’Or winner, is looking to the skies for divine inspiration as Leo Messi, perhaps the shortest…

Demichelis, City’s achilles

As the ball bounced towards the byline in the 25th minute of the F.A Cup encounter between Wigan and Manchester City, Marc Antoine Fortune probably saw Martin Demichelis close in on his…

Mertesacker and Rosicky
Little Mozart continues to orchestrate

English commentators are bound to look at another few years of struggling to pronounce Tomas Rosicky’s name correctly with the 33-year-old midfielder signing a new contract with Arsenal in the past week…

Terry-fic : Part Deux

We’re 10 games from the end of the Premier League, but it’s still impossible to predict who will win. Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool all have realistic chances of taking the no.1…

Putting pen to paper
How Will History Treat Monsieur Rooney?

So, Wayne Rooney has put pen to paper and signed a contract till 2019, and in all probability, with the revelation that he will be a club ambassador once he retires, he…

You’re not that important

Jordan Brian Henderson. In the summer of 2012, Jordan Henderson was offered to Fulham in a last ditch attempt by Liverpool to land Clint Dempsey. An year after what would be a…

FA Cup: Arsenal 2 – 1 Liverpool

“For me, one of the highlights of yesterday’s game was the unanimous chanting of Sir Tom Finney’s name by both the Arsenal and Liverpool fans. Most of these fans have never seen…