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Short players XI: The best from across Europe
Short players XI: The best from across Europe

Football is, by all means, a physical game. Even if it doesn’t always require brute force or a Goliath-like figure, a little extra height doesn’t always hurt. But there have often been a lot of footballers who have rubbished off claims that shortness does not sell in the sport. In fact, short players boast a low centre of gravity, which is an aiding factor in their game. They prove to be better movers of the ball and are quicker off

Jul 20 2015
Top 10 footballers with the biggest buyout clauses
Top 10 footballers with the biggest buyout clauses

Ronaldo’s buyout clause is almost four times more than that of Messi The term ‘buy-out clause’ has been thrown around a lot during this transfer window, and it is somewhat different from a release clause. They are usually inserted into a player’s contract either on his insistence or as a safety measure by the club.  In this clause, the true market value of the player is not necessarily

Jul 18 2015
10 world class players we wish had played in the Premier League
10 world class players we wish had played in the Premier League

Over the years, the Premier League has been the setting for some of the greatest endeavours of numerous superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso and many more players. Even though many such stars have graced the Premier League and left a mark, the league and its fans would have loved to see many other active and now-retired world class players on English soil. So here

Jul 13 2015
Can Louis van Gaal convert Mata-Herrera into the next Xavi-Iniesta?
Can Louis van Gaal convert Mata-Herrera into the next Xavi-Iniesta?

Louis van Gaal spotted and gave Xavi and Iniesta their chance at Barcelona Louis van Gaal has a fearsome and deserved reputation as being a real hard-liner. A disciplinarian who isn't to everyone's taste. The sort of guy you either love or hate, there is no middle ground. In many respects, the Dutchman could've stepped directly out of the Alex Ferguson school of management, such are the similarities in both Manchester United man

Jun 14 2015
UEFA's Champions League squad of the season
UEFA's Champions League squad of the season

The season has come to an end. The Champions League final marked the end of a glorious footballing season where as football goes there were those who emerged victorious while others scrapped to make their own mark. At the end of each season of European football, UEFA announces its Champions League squad of the season and they have done so yet again this time. Of course the players who won it all feature heavily on the squad but the monopoly is

How the treble dream materialised for Barcelona
How the treble dream materialised for Barcelona

Barcelona celebrate their historic treble at the Camp Nou A breathtaking season, a season where it could all have gone wrong has proved to be a stellar season. Every tournament Barcelona have played this season, they have won. Not only were Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez on fire, but the team as a whole were. Match report and highlights: Barcelona defeat Juventus 3-1 to win Champions League and clinch 2nd treble Andres

Jun 8 2015
Comic: Andres Iniesta's Double Trouble
Comic: Andres Iniesta's Double Trouble

Andres Iniesta seems to specialise in finals as he puts in great performances in big games  

Jun 7 2015
Records and Milestones set by Barcelona and Juventus after 2014/15 Champions League final
Records and Milestones set by Barcelona and Juventus after 2014/15 Champions League final

Barcelona’s trio of Suarez, Messi and Neymar obliterated records in the 2014/15 season Barcelona completed a historic treble when they beat Juventus 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League final. The La Liga champions took the lead early through Ivan Rakitic, but Alvaro Morata ensured it would be a tight contest with an equalizer in the second half. Eventually, Luis Suarez and Neymar scored against the run of play to give the Catalan club th

Jun 7 2015
Breaking down the many tactical battles in the war between Barcelona and Juventus
Breaking down the many tactical battles in the war between Barcelona and Juventus

An intriguing battle is set to unfold in Berlin as two footballing philosophies clash The 90-minute final in Berlin is as much a psychological battle as it is a tactical one. Having your approach clear, basics perfect and tactics well-designed is a must, but having your spirits high and chucking away the pressure is equally necessary in order to better your opponents in a big game. The pressure and responsibility are there, but being profe

Jun 6 2015
Neutrals root for Barcelona's flamboyance over Juventus' control
Neutrals root for Barcelona's flamboyance over Juventus' control

Who will come out on top – The genius that is Lionel Messi or the warhorse Carlos Tevez Usually by this time of the year curtains fall on the football season and the footballing world’s focus is more on transfers. However, that’s not the case this year, as the world still awaits the winner of this season’s Champions League in tonight’s final in Berlin. For the first time in the history of the Champions League,

Jun 6 2015
5 key factors that will decide the outcome of the Champions League final
5 key factors that will decide the outcome of the Champions League final

Will Juventus be able to contain Lionel Messi? On Saturday evening, either the champions of Spain or the champions of Italy will deservedly be crowned champions of Europe. In doing so, one of these great footballing behemoths will also complete the treble and round off a magnificent season. Barcelona remain most people’s favourites to lift the crown for the fourth time in the last nine years, but to discount Juventus is discourteous

Jun 3 2015
Dutch legend Marco van Basten selects his dream Champions League XI
Dutch legend Marco van Basten selects his dream Champions League XI

Marco van Basten was considered one of the best in the world during his playing days  Former Netherlands striker Marco van Basten is undoubtedly one of greatest players in football and was part of the formidable AC Milan side of the 90s. That Milan side was called the dream team much like the Barcelona side under Pep Guardiola.  The Dutchman knows what it takes to win the European title which he did on two occasions with the

Jun 1 2015
5 world class players over 30 who had a disappointing 2014/15 season
5 world class players over 30 who had a disappointing 2014/15 season

After a stellar 2013/14 season, Toure has faded in this season It is like a universal law that irrespective of how good a player you are, you will eventually fail the test of time and make way for new people to fill your place. One can't just put blind faith in the 'class is permanent' philosophy and expect them to work wonders for the club. Inevitably, players fade. 28-29 years is generally considered to be the peak age of a foo

May 30 2015
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is the perfect fit for Barcelona: Ronaldinho
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is the perfect fit for Barcelona: Ronaldinho

Philippe Coutinho is encouraged by Ronaldinho to join Barcelona Ronaldinho has heaped praise on fellow Brazilian footballer Philippe Coutinho. The former Barcelona attacker even went on to say that the Liverpool star would be a perfect signing for his former club. With Xavi leaving the Catalans and Iniesta entering his 30s, Barcelona would need a creative spark in midfield sooner rather than later. And the 35-year-old believes there is no o

May 26 2015
Why Aaron Ramsey moving to Barcelona would make sense
Why Aaron Ramsey moving to Barcelona would make sense

Aaron Ramsey and Wojciech Szczesny applaud the Arsenal fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion Aaron Ramsey has been one of Arsenal's best performers in the last couple of seasons and the Welshman has really started to be hot on the lips of most of Europe's biggest clubs and rumours this week are speculating Barcelona, a club under transfer embargo, are willing to put a £50 million

May 25 2015
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