The Wonderful Rise of Aritz Aduriz


In a sport increasingly ruled by wealthy foreign conglomerates, exorbitant amounts of money and to quite an extent by the players themselves, Athletic Bilbao have remarkably stuck to their identity and their roots. As the Spanish league titles have lurched between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and back, with Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Deportivo La…

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Iceland’s Greatest Ever Footballer – Eidur Gudjohnsen


He’s played alongside some of the best strikers in recent memory – Ronaldo, Gianfranco Zola, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Hernand Crespo, Didier Drogba, Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry to name a few. He’s scored some spectacular goals (THAT bicycle kick for Chelsea v Leeds and a thrilling solo goal for Bolton against Wimbledon in the…

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The Rise & Demise of the ‘Libero’


Football has seen it’s fair share of tactical changes in different eras but the word ‘libero’ has all but vanished from its vocabulary. In this piece, I will examine the rise of the libero, it’s use in the infamous Catenaccio system and it’s eventual demise. Libero is an Italian term meaning “free” but the concept…

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Can Football Really Follow Up The Olympics?


The Olympics withdrawal has officially begun around the world. People will wake up to the post-London Olympics era on Monday morning teary-eyed and unable to comprehend how life can go on after the British gave us 17 days of truly glorious sporting action. From David Rudisha and the Jamaican relay team breaking world records to…

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