Robin van Persie – the path of greatness ends at home

It could be said that in the context of the modern game, football holistically changed in April this year. Most symbolic of this bold statement was the announcement of Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal Football Club. A man of distinguished footballing IQ, Wenger is set to leave the club he has called home for nearly…

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Is Jorginho the perfect replacement for Fernandinho?

Manchester City are reportedly on the brink of signing of Napoli midfielder Jorginho, a move that would see Fernandinho replaced. Pep Guardiola has never been one to rest on his laurels with regards to strengthening his squad in transfer windows; yet even for the Spaniard, securing this deal this early would be quite the coup.…

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The football derby: death by dollars and diplomacy

If you had to describe a derby to someone in three words, you’d probably use words along the lines of “pride”, “passion”, and “emotion”. This might be an outdated perception, however, as in recent years, derbies across the globe have fallen short of expectations. But why? Earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger rested key players…

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Referee decisions – are we going too far?

While at live matches, I have turned to the spectator next to me on numerous occasions, demanding an answer to “who’s this clown?”, just to get the name right when I yell at the referee. The events that unfolded over the last ten days, however, are making me question my contribution towards a toxic culture…

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Crunching the numbers: Arsène Wenger’s time at Arsenal

After 22 seasons and 1,128 games, Arsène Wenger is calling time on his career with Arsenal. How much of that decision has been influenced by ownership and recent relative mediocrity is up for debate. But over the course of his career, the man dubbed ‘The Professor’ has been a dominant force in English football. Let’s…

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Arsène Wenger – a tribute to Arsenal’s fallen master

There’s something contrary about Arsène Wenger. In Arsène Wenger, I witnessed a contrary legend. I witnessed a manager that was from overseas define what it meant to play high-quality English football in the early 2000s. I witnessed a man that championed the importance of eating well, yet secured a top four finish in 2006 thanks…

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Toby Alderweireld and fatal social media misjudgement

Remember when Victor Anichebe literally began a tweet with ‘Tweet something like’. You couldn’t make it up. You’d be a fool to think that a Premier League footballer on social media is anything but a PR machine. Every activity, like, or comment is a well-thought-out, deliberate attempt to spin something away from negativity. We’ve known…

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In defence of….Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has been trending on Twitter again. Earlier this season, it followed a typically explosive rant against referee Kevin Stroud in the aftermath of a disallowed goal. Last Friday, it was telling Wolves’ boss Nuno to f*** off on live television. The general reaction from the Twitterverse is invariably one of mockery – Graham…

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A coming of age performance for Liverpool

On Tuesday night, Liverpool defeated Manchester City 2-1 to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League. It ended 5-1 on aggregate and Jurgen Klopp got another win against Pep Guardiola – he now has more than any other manager against the Spaniard. On what was a special night of Champions League football – Roma…

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We don’t like Mondays

Someone’s got a bad case of the Mondays. So far in the German Bundesliga, we’ve had three Monday matches—and three corresponding protests from home and away fans. You see, Monday Night is really really not popular in Germany. For the first time ever, Monday night football is being played in the Bundesliga this season, at…

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