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Stats: Which forward had the best conversion rate in 2014/15?
Stats: Which forward had the best conversion rate in 2014/15?

Bas Dost had the best conversion rate in Europe last season While most clubs across Europe hunt for a striker, they would be wise to take a look at some of the names in this list. According to statistics from WhoScored, Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost was Europe’s most clinical player in 2014/15 with a conversion rate of 37.2% even though he scored only 16 goals. When considering a minimum of 15 league appearances, nobody else even has a c

Jul 30 2015
Jemerson: The man who is dubbed the Afro-Brazilian Beckenbauer
Jemerson: The man who is dubbed the Afro-Brazilian Beckenbauer

He is dubbed the Afro-Brazilian ‘Blackenbauer’ for the similarity in style of play to Franz Beckenbauer It’s always difficult to judge how a South American youngster will adapt to playing abroad, one reason why, with a few notable exceptions, the transfer fees European sides pay for young Brazilians are generally far below a player’s eventual value. That being the case, reports that Lyon were preparing a bi

Jul 27 2015
Alexandre Lacazette will stay, insists Lyon manager Hubert Fournier
Alexandre Lacazette will stay, insists Lyon manager Hubert Fournier

Lacazette has been attracting interest from clubs in England after a prolific 2014/15 season. Premier League clubs interested in the services of Alexandre Lacazette have been served a blow in their pursuit of the Lyon striker after manager Hubert Fournier insisted the Frenchman wants to stay at the Ligue 1 outfit this summer.   Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked with the 24-year-old in recent weeks, but w

Jul 26 2015
5 players who deserved to be shortlisted for UEFA Player of the Year award but weren't
5 players who deserved to be shortlisted for UEFA Player of the Year award but weren't

 UEFA announced the 10 man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award a week ago Around a week ago, UEFA announced the 10 man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award and the list had the usual suspects - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, with Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Gianluigi Buffon, Neymar, Luis Suarez and Eden Hazard completed the Top 10. However, the inclusion of some of these players in t

Jul 26 2015
Highlights: Arsenal cruise to 6-0 win past Lyon in pre-season friendly
Highlights: Arsenal cruise to 6-0 win past Lyon in pre-season friendly

Arsenal’s pre-season has been an immensely successful one, they’ve been playing at a level that their competition have simply not been able to cope. They started off with a 4-0 win against Singapore Select XI and then beat Everton 3-1. But they blew those two results out of the water with their absolute drubbing of Lyon 6-0 in the pre-season friendly tournament  Emirates Cup. It is a result that doesn’t tell the full sto

All-Star XI battle: La Liga vs Bundesliga vs EPL vs Serie A vs Ligue 1 - Who wins?
All-Star XI battle: La Liga vs Bundesliga vs EPL vs Serie A vs Ligue 1 - Who wins?

Who would win an All-Star battle between Europe’s Top 5 leagues? Have you ever wondered how great it would be if we pitted the best team from a particular season, from each of Europe’s top leagues, against each other? It would be an all-star tournament showcasing the best players in the game and it would be an amazing treat for the fans.  So how would these teams line up if the 2014/15 season? Who would manage the teams fr

Jul 7 2015
10 talented players who were too stubborn to succeed
10 talented players who were too stubborn to succeed

Talent alone can only get you so far, because without the right attitude and the determination to succeed even the most talented players can falter and lose their way. Take for example the case of Ronaldinho, who is labeled one of the greatest players of recent times. Even though Ronaldinho was successful, the Brazilian was infamous for his poor off the field antics and lifestyle which garnered heavy criticism. If the Brazilian could have focu

Jun 30 2015
Top 10 players who were involved in 30+ goals this season
Top 10 players who were involved in 30+ goals this season

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue scoring and creating goals for fun It’s been a season where it rained goals across all the top leagues in Europe. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as always, scaled new heights with their exploits in front of goal. Messi well and truly stamped his authority based on his individual greatness but more importantly, played a significant role in guiding the Catalans to an unprecedented se

Jun 10 2015
Top 10 goalscorers in European leagues in 2014-15
Top 10 goalscorers in European leagues in 2014-15

Champions across the major European leagues have been crowned as we pull the plug on yet another spellbinding season. What remains now is the finals of the Champions League, set to be played out on the 6th of June. While the vicissitudes of the leagues en route to the climax have left us fretting on our seats, the race for the coveted Golden Boot too, was the one to watch out for. So here we enlist the 10 most prolific

May 27 2015
5 players who succeeded after being played out of position in 2014/15
5 players who succeeded after being played out of position in 2014/15

A fascinating 2014/15 season is drawing to its close and fans across Europe have certainly been treated to some fantastic football this term. However, whilst many stars have flourished in their preferred roles, a number of players have managed to reinvent themselves in new positions, to devastating effect. In some cases, the switch has been born out of necessity, but in others it’s simply a case of world-class talent showcasing versat

May 20 2015
Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Blanc win France's football awards
Alexandre Lacazette, Laurent Blanc win France's football awards

Laurent Blanc led PSG to their third consecutive league title Paris, May 18 (IANS): Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette has been voted the Ligue 1's Player of the Year by his fellow footballers at a ceremony here. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Laurent Blanc took the Coach of the Year award, and 21-year-old Lyon midfield Nabil Fekir the best young player on Sunday, reports Xinhua. Lacazette, 23-years old, beat PSG trio of Zlatan Ibrahimo

May 18 2015
PSG clinch third straight Ligue 1 title
PSG clinch third straight Ligue 1 title

Lyon’s draw at home against Bordeaux sealed the title earlier than expected for PSG Paris, May 17 (IANS): Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) lifted the Ligue 1 trophy for the third time in a row, while Lyon secured a berth to next season's Champions League in France's top-flight football league's penultimate round of the 2014-15 season. Laurent Blanc's side claimed a 2-1 victory at Montpellier on Saturday to pile up 80 points,

May 17 2015
8 players who did not live up to their tag of 'the next Zinedine Zidane'
8 players who did not live up to their tag of 'the next Zinedine Zidane'

Zinedine Zidane is a prime example of a once in a lifetime sort of player. An individual who typifies a whole generation of football. You cannot think about football in 90s-00s without remembering Zidane. The roulettes, the left-footed volley against Leverkusen and that mercurial head butt all but come racing back as you think of the French legend. The romantics of the game have always tried to keep the legacy of players like Zidane aliv

May 13 2015
Do Arsenal really need Lyon's in-demand prodigy Nabil Fekir?
Do Arsenal really need Lyon's in-demand prodigy Nabil Fekir?

Lyon's Nabil Fekir has been linked with a move to the Premier League The promise in Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is so much that many have compared the 21-year-old to Karim Benzema, the Les Gones academy graduate who raised the club £32 million for his sale to Real Madrid in 2009. However, the Frenchman himself has another comparison in mind, likening the winger to Hatem Ben Arfa, whom Benzema says “I saw him do unbelievable thin

May 11 2015
Reports: Michael Essien fields interest from ISL
Reports: Michael Essien fields interest from ISL

Michael Essien turning out for Chelsea Michael Essien will not be offered a new contract at AC Milan when his contract runs out in June this year, and the Ghana and Chelsea legend is planning to continue his career next season in either the Indian Super League or the Major League Soccer. The 32-year-old has not figured as a vital part of AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi’s plans, and there was an attempt at offloading him to MLS cl

Apr 17 2015
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