When it comes to ranking the greatest defenders of all time, Paolo Maldini is up there with the best there ever was. His calibre is proven in the European Cup and the Champions League, while the longevity of his career is a direct result of his intelligent defending and love for AC Milan, where he stayed for the entirety of his career. His ability to bounce … Continue reading Paolo Maldini : The Greatest of his Era
When Luis Figo did the unthinkable and left Barcelona to join Real Madrid’s, he became the first ‘galáctico’, thus kick-starting a footballing revolution like no other. It was, recalls Ronaldo, “a term we never chose to describe ourselves” – but it was inescapable… The Prologue Florentino Perez was planning to stand for the Real presidential election and would have to work magic to wrestle the … Continue reading The Galacticos Project
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
Read Part-I here… Manchester City Final Position : 1st Score : 10/10 A season beyond compare. They’ve broken almost every record there is to break and have done so playing the most outrageous football, with the icing on the cake being the last minute goal sealing 100 points in the season. Never before in the Premier League has one team dominated to this extent. There … Continue reading Premier League 2017-18 Scorecard – Part II
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
The world of football is blessed with so many different styles and tactics which have evolved over a long period of time. One of them, the high defensive line tactic looks so illogical to the very nature of the game at first glance. Defenders moving up the pitch to leave the goalkeeper alone hardly makes sense at times… But since the introduction of the offside … Continue reading The High Defensive Line : Football Tactics
It was a goal that took not only Zinedine Zidane’s, but also the entire football fraternity’s breath away. Launching himself at Dani Carvajal’s cross as it looped across the penalty area, Cristiano Ronaldo and his right boot connected with the ball at the astonishing height of nine feet, and then watched as it sailed past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon. In a heartbeat, Ronaldo had made … Continue reading Best Bicycle Kick Goals of Modern Era
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 ?