Manchester United & The Importance of Business Acumen in Football

Manchester United & The Importance of Business Acumen in Football

“You don’t spend £50 million on someone that you’re never going to play” remarked Julien Laurens when speaking on The Totally Football Show about Fabinho’s gradual integration into Liverpool’s first team. “Unless you’re Man United” quipped James Richardson in reply, to which the panel sniggered and jeered in agreement. How the mighty have fallen. The days of Sir Alex Ferguson posing an ominous figure on the touchline tapping away at his watch with sweeping attacking football and visiting teams fearing the …
Arsenal Sign Bernd Leno: An Improvement Over Ospina?

Arsenal Sign Bernd Leno: An Improvement Over Ospina?

It is a World Cup summer, so the transfer window is going to show slow progress while the premier national competition is on. Indeed, most big clubs seem to be biding their time and evaluating their options as the World Cup enters the knockout stages this weekend. Most, but not all. Arsenal seem to be going about their transfer business without getting too distracted by the spectacle in Russia. While, they did change their manager long before and they did …
Tottenham's Champions League Group Preview

Tottenham's Champions League Group Preview

After years in the Europa League, Tottenham are in the Champions League in back-to-back seasons for the first time in club history.  Tottenham's second place finish, their highest finish since 1963, was more than enough to launch them back into Europe's top competition. Spurs fans will be expecting a trip to the round of 16 at the minimum after their disappointing third place finish in their group last season.  However, considering their group consists of Spanish champions Real Madrid, German …
Hoffenheim Vs Liverpool Playoff Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

Hoffenheim Vs Liverpool Playoff Preview | Stats, Key Men & Team News

When Liverpool ended the last season in fourth position, the fans were overjoyed. Champions League nights at Anfield and in other hallowed European stadia awaited them. But there was a small detail to be ironed out. The Reds have a playoff to negotiate before they can actually participate in the Champions League group stage and compete for later stages. On 4th August, they found out that their opponents are going to be European debutants Hoffenheim, who ended their Bundesliga season in …
Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Could Young Premier League Stars Follow Oliver Burke?

Eyebrows were raised when Oliver Burke left Nottingham Forest in the summer for RB Leipzig for £13m. Recently, two ex-Premier League players: John Hartson and Jermaine Jenas suggested that the Scottish winger had only moved to the German Bundesliga newcomers for the money and questioned the role of his agent in the deal. Hartson cited the potential for Burke to have gone to West Brom or Sunderland instead of a team Hartson had never heard of. Hartson's apparent ignorance of European football …
Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

Ballon d'Or Shows Premier League's Fall in Europe

This year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or celebrated the world’s best footballers and coaches but also highlighted the increasing fall of the Premier League against Europe’s elite leagues. The La Liga has provided the last 8 winners of the title – with Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi taking four each on behalf of the Spanish league. The top three in this year's Ballon d’or, which consisted of Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar, were all from La Liga whilst last year’s had a contribution …
Roberto Firmino to Manchester United - Necessity or Luxury?

Roberto Firmino to Manchester United - Necessity or Luxury?

If twitter reports are anything to be trusted, then Manchester United have already wrapped up their second signing of the summer - Hoffeinheim's attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino for circa 18m€ (some sources quote €30 million). Although there has been no noise in particular from the British Press on what has been going on behind the curtains at Old Trafford, it looks like the deal could be on and the player could have actually undergone his medical already whilst on international duty, …
The Players Liverpool Should Target from the Bundesliga

The Players Liverpool Should Target from the Bundesliga

The summer transfer window is nearly upon us and silly season has already began. No matter how ludicrous the rumour is some papers will print it to sell papers, sites link it to get hits and fans get caught up in the hype of it all because it's a false sense of security that Liverpool can still compete with the best. I can't see Liverpool even going in for the likes of Mauro Icardi, Gonzalo Higuain and Arturo Vidal because, …
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