Ivory Coast v Japan Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014

Ivory Coast v Japan Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014

The last instalment of Saturday’s feast of football sees Ivory Coast face Japan in Group C, and setting the foundations for that group is hard to predict. With the country’s ‘golden generation’ probably facing their final World Cup as a collective, the Ivorian players will want to make sure they live up to the promise that presented all of those years ago. This time around Ivory Coast have an easier group than in previous tournaments and the world class form …
Drogba back to the Bridge as coach?

Drogba back to the Bridge as coach?

With the day of Didier Drogba’s return to Stamford Bridge with current team Galatasaray in the Champions League knockout stages, another quite different type of return is being mooted by Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich. Drogba, whose young family still live in Surrey, is rumoured to be returning to Chelsea as a coach when his current contract runs out at the end of the year. Drogba, 35, scored over 150 goals in all competitions for Chelsea - including the penalty that …
Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

The Special Happy One Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea F.C. was a big story in the offseason, and could just be the biggest coaching change during the summer break. While his first tenure at the club was a standout success, his second is meeting with jitters right from the off-set. Be it shocking results away from home or the players sidelined individually due to performance and adaptation issues, this time things look a wee bit too different for Jose Mourinho than the last …
Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

Too Small To Play Up Front? Defoe, Walcott & Javier Hernandez profiled...

The game of football is one that has constantly changed in philosophies and ways of playing over the years. For years the 4-4-2 formation dominated English football, until the more European notion of packing the midfield to control possession became a common strategy. While 4-4-2 was in operation at the highest level, the clubs often paired a bigger, taller player with a more petite and nimble counterpart in the centre forward positions. This allowed them to have a target, but …
Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

Footballers’ cars – do they go for speed or luxury?

They’re among the most highly-paid sportspeople on the planet, but what do footballers do with their spare cash? They could get plenty with their huge wages - a portfolio of properties, holidays abroad every summer break, and fancy new hairdos. Some of the big names in football will probably choose to buy a few luxury cars, especially the top ones. As one of the most highly-paid players of all, it’s no surprise to see that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo …
Jose Mourinho to Return? Can Lukaku be his

Jose Mourinho to Return? Can Lukaku be his "New Drogba" | Stats

Drogba's Final Season | Drogba & Torres Stats Comparison

Drogba's Final Season | Drogba & Torres Stats Comparison

So Long and Thanks For All The Fish Goals Silverware. As Dider Drogba has taken his final touch for Chelsea it is time for the  Blues and their fans to turn their eyes to the horizon and see what fate awaits.  But before we bid adieu, it is worth looking back over the past four years performance for the man who ended his career in England as the Man of the Match in the Champions League Final. And, as we look …
Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

Robin van Persie | The Best of the Best | Opta Stats

There is no denying that Robin van Persie experienced a career year this season. At age 28 he played his first injury free Premier League campaign, leading the league in goals and kept Arsenal in the top 4 with his impressive form.  In the following pages we'll take a look at the Dutch forward compared to the rest of the Arsenal squad, looking at the team's total numbers as well as their numbers once van Persie is discounted. We'll also examine the …
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