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5 players who failed to live up to iconic jersey numbers
5 players who failed to live up to iconic jersey numbers

Some players become so synonymous with a jersey number that it sticks with them forever Every club has a player or players that are denoted by the number on their jersey. Maradona, Pele and Lionel Messi couldn’t be anything other than a number 10 for example. Alan Shearer wouldn’t be seen without a 9 on the reverse of his shirt.  There are plenty of others. Players who are so good that a certain figure will always

Jul 29 2015
10 Premier League players that fans were happy to see leave their club
10 Premier League players that fans were happy to see leave their club

Some transfers just don’t work out. Call it the law of averages, but not everyone can be a success story. Players arrive at a new club amidst a barrage of excitement, fanfare and expectation and fans expect results right away, particularly if the player has come with a large price tag attached or is receiving a hefty wage packet. If they don’t hit the ground running, they can find themselves being swiftly ushered in the direction of

Jul 17 2015
5 footballers who lost their pace due to injuries
5 footballers who lost their pace due to injuries

Many players struggle to reclaim their pace and form after an injury  Acceleration and sprint speed typically make up the definition of ‘pace’ in football, and this attribute can be absolutely deadly in open play if used well. There have been plenty of players who have gotten by fairly well without it, but as seen throughout football history, most of the best players in the world have had pace in their locker in addition to

Jul 16 2015
The Sterling sale follows a familiar pattern of Liverpool selling their best players
The Sterling sale follows a familiar pattern of Liverpool selling their best players

Raheem Sterling is yet another big name who will depart Anfield  After a summer full of speculation, strong indications of discontent and a breakdown of relations between Mr. Raheem Sterling and Liverpool Football Club, confirmation finally arrived: A fee of £44 million (potentially rising to £49 million with add-ons) was agreed with Manchester City, and the forward would shift base to Eastlands, pending a medical and agreem

Jul 13 2015
5 players who changed positions after graduating to senior level football
5 players who changed positions after graduating to senior level football

Youth football is the level where footballers are allowed to make their mistakes, identify their best qualities and experiment with their place on the pitch to find one that best complements their strengths. So, it’s not uncommon for players to switch their preferred positions at some point during their career. The most common shifts include full-back to center-back, winger to midfielder or wide player to striker. Some, however, are more

Is Radamel Falcao going the Fernando Torres way?
Is Radamel Falcao going the Fernando Torres way?

After a terrible season at Manchester United, Falcao is now linked with a move to Chelsea Once the most sought-after target on the transfer market, Radamel Falcao has quickly become a player on the cusp of long-lasting derision. El Tigre is very close to being remembered for his disastrous stints more so than his prolific spells in front of goal. Joining Manchester United at the beginning of the 2014/15 season, the Colombian internati

Jun 20 2015
Video: Fernando Torres scores fantastic goal against Villarreal with a run from Atletico Madrid's half
Video: Fernando Torres scores fantastic goal against Villarreal with a run from Atletico Madrid's half

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres beat the goalkeeper and two defenders to score the winner against Villarreal UPDATE (June 18): This goal won Atletico Madrid’s Goal of the Season award Fernando Torres scored the solitary goal as Atletico Madrid won 0-1 against Villarreal at El Madrigal stadium on Wednesday night. The Spanish international came on as a substitute to ensure the Rojoblancos would go home with all three

Jun 18 2015
Any striker would have loved to play with Steven Gerrard: Daniel Sturridge
Any striker would have loved to play with Steven Gerrard: Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge says that Steven Gerrard has a positive influence on the strikers he plays with Liverpool, June 1 (IANS) Liverpool football club striker Daniel Sturridge says departing captain Steven Gerrard is "a dream to play with", adding that the ace midfielder played a key role in advancing the careers of a number of his former teammates. Former England captain Gerrard is set to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side LA Galaxy

Jun 1 2015
Radamel Falcao 'desperate' to join Chelsea - Would you sign him?
Radamel Falcao 'desperate' to join Chelsea - Would you sign him?

  Caption According to a report featured in The Telegraph, Radamel Falcao is desperate to sign for Chelsea this summer and is willing to take a pay cut to force the move through. I am asking you, the Chelsea fan reading this post if you would sign him based on his performances for United this season? For United, Falcao scored just four goals this season and has struggled to force his way into Louis Van Gaal's plans. As a result,

May 26 2015
The real cost of a modern-day footballer - everything you need to know
The real cost of a modern-day footballer - everything you need to know

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo cost Real Madrid a combined £168 million in transfer fees Most European leagues are winding towards the close of the 2014-15 season. While the off-season can generally be a time of great boredom for most footballs fans, the one saving grace of this time period is the reopening of the transfer window. Clubs will be looking to strengthen, upgrade and clear out their squads to maximize the pos

May 20 2015
Barcelona win 23rd La Liga title with a game to spare
Barcelona win 23rd La Liga title with a game to spare

The Barcelona players celebrate the title after their win over Atletico  Barcelona won their seventh La Liga title in 11 seasons with a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. Lionel Messi’s goal was enough to secure the title for Barcelona with a game in hand. The game was identical to a game between the two, exactly twelve months ago when a title chasing Atletico went to the Nou Camp needing a draw to w

May 18 2015
Atletico and Real Madrid get set to tango again as the UEFA Champions League returns
Atletico and Real Madrid get set to tango again as the UEFA Champions League returns

The quarter-final will likely be a feisty one as is normally the case when these two teams meet When Karl-Heinz Riedle picked out the ball that read ‘Atletico de Madrid’ to be Real Madrid’s opponents in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15, a clandestine hush descended upon all those assembled in the room. It was the one tie that drew the most reception, after the other three ties had brought about a simp

Apr 14 2015
10 great players who have not won the Premier League title
10 great players who have not won the Premier League title

Winning the English Premier League is considered a big honour in the footballing world due to the sheer difficulty of doing so as the league is the most competitive in Europe, not to mention the fame and wealth associated with it. Over the years, 23 different clubs have been crowned Champions of the English top flight. However, after it was renamed the Premier League, only five clubs have won the competition, namely Manchester United

Apr 4 2015
How Chelsea are now free to make big signings without FFP becoming an issue
How Chelsea are now free to make big signings without FFP becoming an issue

Things are looking good for Chelsea on the FFP front This week, the Telegraph published a fascinating article explaining that Chelsea's position now under Financial Fair Play rules has been strengthened with the permanent sale of Fernando Torres. The article was such an eye opener, I wanted to feature it here and to explain the situation using quotes from it because I believe that not all of us are aware of how FFP works. Fernando Torre

Mar 22 2015
Diego Simeone praises Atletico Madrid players and fans after reaching Champions League quarterfinals
Diego Simeone praises Atletico Madrid players and fans after reaching Champions League quarterfinals

Diego Simeone praised the spirit of the Atletico Madrid players and fans Madrid, March 18 (IANS) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has praised his side's spirit after seeing them qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out against Bayer Leverkusen. Mario Suarez's goal (27th minute) gave Atletico a 1-0 win on the night but after 90 minutes at Vicente Calderon, and the tie was 1-1 o

Mar 18 2015
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