Abdul Rahim

Football Writer. I also chronicle the growth of football in India at my blog, Flying Goalie.

https://flyinggoalie.com

What Liverpool And Manchester City Need To Go Again Next Season

What Liverpool And Manchester City Need To Go Again Next Season

The top two sides in English football had barnstorming seasons in 2018-19. Manchester City retained the Premier League title in style, garnering an astounding 98 points in the campaign, after scaling the 100-point mark the previous season. Liverpool recorded the third highest points tally ever in finishing second with 97 points and capped an incredible year off by winning their sixth European title.  There will be no letting up in intensity from both sides though. In a season-ending interview with …
Champions League Final A Catch-22 Situation For Spurs

Champions League Final A Catch-22 Situation For Spurs

The Champions League final next weekend leaves me in a position I would rather not be in. It pits Liverpool, the club I have supported since 1988 against Tottenham, a team I have an immense soft spot for. I wrote a piece a couple of years back about Spurs being the poster-boys for sustainable spending and have long maintained that they deserve a trophy to show for their efforts.  I will be rooting for a Liverpool win come the first …
The Salah Worry Before Champions League Final

The Salah Worry Before Champions League Final

Mohamed Salah is a very good footballer. A move to Liverpool in 2017 and fine performances in his first season at the club catapulted him almost instantly into the upper echelons of elite footballers. His third-place finish at the FIFA Men’s Player Of The Year awards in 2018 was the first time a Premier League footballer had featured in the top three in a decade.  It was no surprise then that he was quickly embraced by the league and especially …
Bernardo Silva In A League Of His Own

Bernardo Silva In A League Of His Own

Watching the games between the best teams in the league by a country mile this season, one player stood out over both fixtures. No, it wasn’t the Professional Footballers Association and Premier League Player of the Year, Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool. Nor was it the player football writers deemed to be the best in Raheem Sterling of Manchester City.  While Bernardo Silva didn’t exactly warm the bench last season, his minutes were limited in the Premier League and Pep …
Vague ‘Manchester United Way’ A Sure Road To Failure

Vague ‘Manchester United Way’ A Sure Road To Failure

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend. ‘That’ goal in the 1999 Champions League final confirmed his place in club folklore and his association with a successful Sir Alex Ferguson side got him his current job as manager. The opportunity to ingrain himself further with the fans has been presented and if he does turn the fortunes of a floundering institution around, a statue at Old Trafford could be in the works. It is a humungous task that he …
Attractive Football And The Risk Of Relegation

Attractive Football And The Risk Of Relegation

In May 2004, Leeds United were relegated from the Premier League after fourteen years in the top flight. The three-time champions of England had made a place for themselves in the top five every year but one since 1997 and appeared in the semifinals of the Champions League in 2001. This was, therefore, an unexpected fall from grace. The club had invested heavily to attain domestic and European success but built up huge debts which spiralled out of control. Relegation …
Maurizio Sarri – The Right Man At The Wrong Club

Maurizio Sarri – The Right Man At The Wrong Club

Time. How often do football managers invoke the need for more of that precious commodity to do their jobs? A philosophy developed over years and possibly decades needs an extended period of time to be that all-pervasive influence that courses through the veins of every person at a football club. One might tire of it eventually as was the case with Wengerball at Arsenal but the biggest nightmare for a manager is for the ideology to be rejected before an …
Confounding Critics The Jordan Henderson Way

Confounding Critics The Jordan Henderson Way

In his final season at Chelsea, captain John Terry made only nine league appearances as Antonio Conte eased him out of the firing line on the way to winning a Premier League title. While his on-pitch role had reduced, Terry was still valued by the manager and his teammates for his leadership off it and he put his frustration behind him to help coax performances out of a talented group of players. In the process, he became the first player …
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