A New Breed of Brazilian Footballers in the Premier League

A New Breed of Brazilian Footballers in the Premier League

Football is a sacred religion in Brazil. Children are brought up to love the game, play the game with passion and produce entertaining skills that will one day light up the world stage. For decades, the South Americans have produced some of the greatest footballers. Players like Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Kaka, Romario and Ronaldinho have all been named FIFA Player of the Year since 1991 and the latest superstar, Barcelona’s forward, Neymar, came third in this year’s Ballon D’or awards. All …
February, March and Arsenal

February, March and Arsenal

In recent years, when it comes to the Champions League knockout stages, it’s seemed you could guarantee two things. One: Arsenal would qualify for it. Two: Arsenal get knocked out. In fact, it’s not since the 2009/10 season that Arsenal have progressed beyond the round of 16, when they were eliminated from the tournament by Barcelona at the quarter final stage. Each of the seasons from then on, Arsenal went out of the competition in that round of 16 and …
A Look at Manchester United's Transfer Targets

A Look at Manchester United's Transfer Targets

Manchester United have managed to score only two goals in their first 3 EPL outings, so it would not be surprising if the Red Devils sign a new striker before the transfer window ends. After playing a goal-less match against Newcastle United on Saturday, the only goals in the league this season, so far, would be Kyle Walker’s own goal against Tottenham and Adnan Januzaj’s deflected strike to beat Aston Villa. They play Swansea City this Sunday, and they would …
Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

Thirty goals a season striker, where art thou?

A lot of column inches go towards the super-star strikers of elite-level teams during the season, increasing ten-fold when the transfer window opens. You’ve all seen the storylines before “Does X score enough?”, “What else does he bring to the team?” and “What could Y bring to Z team?”. It’s the first question I’m going to take a brief look at in this article: there’s been plenty of talk of clubs similar to Liverpool’s stature needing a consistent goalscorer alongside …
FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

A tantalizing second leg contest is on the offing when Catalan giants FC Barcelona host English Champions Manchester City at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night after an eventful 1-2 away win for Luis Enrique's side a fortnight ago. Messi and company will go into this midweek game hugely confident, on the back of a 5 game winning streak in all competitions that has lifted them to the very top of La Liga and will be quickly followed by a …
FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

FIFA World XI: Which Premier League Stars Could Make the Cut?

12 Premier League stars are among the nominees for the FIFA World XI of the year 2014. But which ones could realistically get the honour of being one of the 11 players standing on the stage in Zurich at the FIFA Gala event on January 12th? The Premier League nominees are: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Filipe Luis (Chelsea), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Angel di Maria (Manchester United), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Yaya …
Brazil vs Holland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Third Place Play-Off

Brazil vs Holland Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Third Place Play-Off

As the World Cup draws to a close, we can all safely say that this tournament has been one of the most enthralling spectacles in modern football. The majority of games have been enjoyable and full of drama, exactly what you expect on the biggest stage of all. It’s where everyone wants to be, however, in the case of the two teams that contest the third place play-off on Saturday, they’d rather not be. Brazil and Holland were knocked out …
Brazil vs Colombia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals

Brazil vs Colombia Preview | FIFA World Cup 2014: Quarter Finals

It’s getting into the business end of the World Cup, with the tournament now into the quarter-final stage. All eight group winners made it through their last 16 contests, the first time this has happened in the history of the World Cup. With some of the higher ranked teams now going head to head, there will be a few big teams who will exit the competition at this stage, making these matches as crucial as ever. The hosts Brazil came …