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Spain 3.0, Yamine Lamal’s Soda Pop & The Brashness Of Youth —  La Roja March To The Final Of Euro 2024

Spain show silky football armed with the fearlessness of youth can get you to the final of Euro 2024 “Invent yourself & then reinvent yourself,” urged a fading Charles Bukowski in his baritone register as he read out his poem ‘No Leaders Please’ through a microphone on a dreary night, perhaps engulfed in creative destruction […]
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Pochettino At The Bridge: A Young Squad & A Mess To Solve

“I know Chelsea very well, it is one of the greatest clubs in the world. So of course, it was easy for us to make the decision to move here.”  Mauricio Pochettino, once a worshiped figure in the white half of North London, irked quite a few of his former fans by calling Chelsea one […]
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Man City At The Treble: Pep Guardiola Clinches Holy Grail For City By Doing Just Enough

As the ball was cut back by Bernardo Silva, after an exquisite through ball by Akanji and as the City players cried out for handball, with the pass ricocheting off an Inter defender, time almost stood still for a few seconds, as those inside the Ataturk in Istanbul held their breath, it was almost limbo, […]
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Wrexham’s Remarkable Journey: From Underdogs to National League Champions

In a remarkable turn of events, Wrexham Association Football Club, a historic team based in North Wales, has experienced a renaissance under the ownership of Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. In a captivating season, the club defied the odds, winning the National League and rekindling the hopes of its passionate fanbase. This article […]
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The Indian Football Conundrum: The Roadmap & Way Forward For Indian Football & How India Can Compete Internationally

“Only Indian coaches know how players play in each region of the country, in say Goa or Kerala or the North East, the football is different, and only Indian coaches will be able to train and understand players from those regions,” says a coach I spoke to. “Yes, but to compete internationally, we can’t keep […]
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Man City vs Real Madrid (5-1 agg): The Most Incendiary 90 Minutes In The History Of The Champions League

The stage was set. The soldiers drew their arms. The battle cries rung out from both sections of the home and away crowd, the fervent Madridistas, and the throngs of Citizens. And boy, did Man City show up. That was, and this is no understatement, the most incendiary and explosive performance ever seen by a […]
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A Night Of Infamy: Aberdeen vs Real Madrid In 1983 – Recounted 40 Years On

Some nights are just meant to be etched into history. Some nights under the lights on the pitch live in infamy. The backdrop was Gothenburg, Sweden in 1983 and a then younger Sir Alex Ferguson-led Aberdeen side faced European royalty, Real Madrid, in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 11th May 1983, would be remembered and […]
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Manchester United Reborn: Ten Hag’s Surgery Gives Red Devils New Life

When Sir Alex Ferguson during the pomp of Manchester United’s glory years of the early part of the 21st century, was once asked if his beloved club would ever go into a game against cross-town rivals Manchester City as second favourites, he replied, “not in my lifetime”. But as commentator Guy Mowbray scathingly said on […]
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From Tomahawks To Stability: Is Graham Potter The Right Man For Chelsea?

“You understand football is emotional. When you lose, you feel it; you feel the pain; you feel the suffering; you feel the discomfort. Sometimes it’s hard to understand the ‘why’, and it’s easier just to blame somebody.” In last week’s presser, Graham Potter aptly summed up the feeling around SW6 right now. Chelsea are a […]
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The Greatest Of Finals: Argentina Go The Distance With Messi Immortalised

There are some stories that are just meant to be. Stories are at the core & heart of what it means to be human; stories of heroes, and fallen foes, great battles, stories that unite us across borders & beliefs. After last night, it’s certain that households that adorn the narrow cobblestone streets of Buenos […]
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