Feature Pieces

My Perfect Footballer #2 – Micah Fanimo

WORDS BY MICAH FANIMO The beautiful game has enabled us to see so many different footballers, who have and still are taking us through so many different emotions. Football is a game where we have seen tears of joy, heartbreak and sorrow, all which can happen within 90 minutes. In my almost three decades of […]

Newcastle United’s Poor Form Was Summed Up In Just One Half Against Chelsea

Few people involved in the footballing world, specifically the Premier League, would call Steve Bruce a “master tactician”. The man himself has even gone so far in the past as to admit that he “doesn’t do tactics”. For those watching modern day football, where ‘Pep-style’ technical play has emerged, this admission is nothing short of […]

Newcastle: Is Mike Ashley Their Unlikely Takeover Hero?

2020 – the year of the coronavirus pandemic, masked shoppers and Pizza-gate. However seemingly even more wild is the emergence of Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley as the unlikely saviour of the Saudi takeover deal, and in turn, Newcastle United. As we all know and saw, April 2020 brought news of a constant unsurprising aspect […]

What to do with Conor McGregor?

It seems a week can’t go by without Conor McGregor having his name in the news for the wrong reasons. If reports are to be believed, Conor has caught the eye of the French authorities for some less than classy behaviour. After an odd cryptic post on social media left us bemused, many including myself […]

Benfica’s Champions League Curse Continues

In the uncertain times of today, dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic, few are the football clubs willing to spend as freely as other transfer windows have allowed. Curiously, irrespective of the risks and needs to safeguard against turns in the financial tide, one team appears to be spending like never before. Hiring a top-20-earning manager, […]

Atalanta: Serie A, Catenaccio and the new life of the party

As one of the greatest footballing nations to ever do it, it’s difficult to detach the Italian game from the notorious ‘Catenaccio’ system that for so long dictated the frameworks from which many in the Serie A abided by. Even throughout the heydays of showman-like figures, such as Roberto Baggio and Ronaldo Nazário, the artistry […]

Made in Alcochete: Sporting’s new generation

When the subject of revered footballing academies comes about, the list of clubs standing proudly beside opportunity and tradition is a lengthy one. However, in peak 2020, only one team has the honour to declare itself as the creators of not one, but two Ballon d’Or winners. That club is, of course, Lisbon-based Sporting, home […]

How Would Brentford Cope In The Premier League?

As we progress into the final stretch of the 2019/20 season, the hopes of promotion start to become a reality for some teams. One club with such ambitions is Brentford, who look the likeliest side to spoil Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion’s promotion parties. This being considered, I am going to explore how Brentford […]

Shot To The Hart – Where Next for the Ex-England Number One?

It has been a tumultuous few seasons for goalkeeper Joe Hart. It was announced that the former England No.1 will be released from his Burnley contract at the end of the month, with the club opting against extending the 33 year old’s contract until the end of the current campaign. Trouble really started for the […]

Arsenal’s ‘New Normal’ has Arrived

You could be forgiven for thinking the seismic vacuum left throughout the spring by the lack of live football was all a simulation, as what unfolded at the Etihad from an Arsenal perspective bore all the circus-like hallmarks that Mikel Arteta’s side have become unfortunately synonymous with in recent times. For those twelve weeks we […]

The Landlord and The Tenants

Coventry City have been ground sharing at St Andrews Stadium, the home of Midlands rivals Birmingham City since the beginning of the 19/20 season. The Sky Blues were effectively made homeless from their former ground the Ricoh Arena in 2019, after an ongoing dispute between the Ricoh Arena’s owners Wasps and Coventry City’s owners SISU […]