The Underrated One : Michael Carrick

From the unprecedented levels of success under Sir Alex to the era of uncertainty under David Moyes, Louis vaan Gaal and then the subsequent rebuilding under Mourinho… Michael Carrick has seen the ebb and flow of England’s premier club like few others, and his retirement pushes Manchester United further away from the halcyon days under Ferguson. England boasted many world-class midfielders in the 2000s, sparking … Continue reading The Underrated One : Michael Carrick

Premier League 2017-18 Scorecard – Part I

Arsenal Final Position : 6th Score : 6/10 Having covered the cracks with cup wins in recent seasons, there was no bridging the chasm between real title contenders and a “top 6” side this time. It was a tale of 2 cities throughout the season, with really great home record but seriously grim away showings illustrated Arsène Wenger’s fading motivational capacity. But at least – after … Continue reading Premier League 2017-18 Scorecard – Part I

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers : The Beautiful Chaos

The World Cup is just around the corner and Russia 2018’s 32 guests are now known. This qualifying campaign has thrown up several surprises in the form of new comers and prodigal sons. And ever since the start, this qualification process has been filled with drama, controversy, and fantastic stories. All 210 FIFA member associations were eligible to enter the qualifying process, and for the … Continue reading FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers : The Beautiful Chaos

Arsenal v/s Man. United : The Epic 9 Year War

Any footballing rivalry is normally brewed on the grounds of local bragging rights, or other political / religious factors generating a raw emotional response on the ground. But this one was different from the norm, with factors like ego, hatred and sometimes, just the sheer footballing skills cultivating this battle for the yard. The Premier League is the richest league in the world now, but … Continue reading Arsenal v/s Man. United : The Epic 9 Year War

Can any team really defend in modern football ?

Juventus, top of Serie A, having kept clean sheets in 21 of their previous 25 games, exposed horribly in defense by Real Madrid in QF, letting in three. And yet on Roma, third in Serie A, 21 points behind Juve, hammered Barcelona, who remain unbeaten in La Liga and stand 15 points clear of fourth-placed Real Madrid.

Can’t be just a one-off fluke in a cup competition, or just a coincidence ?

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