Madrid’s 100m Bale-out

Spain is struggling to keep its head above water financially due to the economic slowdown. UEFA’s insists on curbing spending through Financial Fair Play. La Liga clubs are going bankrupt and Spanish players are fleeing for greener pasturers. There seems to be no money in Spanish football or […]

Rishay’s Rants Vol. 1

Couple of things going on in the world of soccer as usual that make me tick. Let’s finally put this blog to good use and express my opinions in unhindered fashion: Firstly, Arsenal’s reported interest in Di Maria and now Rooney again. Everytime Arsenal makes a foray into […]

Saint Iker comes down to Earth

The battle for Real Madrid’s soul was waged between then manager in Jose Mourinho and legend Iker Casillas. The dressing room was split in two and the fans were split right down the middle as well. This was clearly an unhealthy environment for any club and the season […]

Business or Pleasure

A new season has begun, and as with all seasons, the transfer market preceding it has set the course for the tabloid frenzy that fuels the fanatic freaks of the game like us. As fans, do we just follow what rumors are stirred up by journalists or are […]

Domesticated Lions

There has been a lot written about the state of English football. We know that England have failed to play with any type of attacking verve in the last 3 major tournaments. It’s a shame really. Amongst other factors, its no surprise when you know that only 36% […]

The Failure to Attract

With the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, is Manchester United still capable of attracting the best talent the world has to offer? United are probably the biggest club in the world in terms of fan base and battle Real Madrid for richest overall sports franchise year on year. […]

German Engineering

Image and appeal are everything in today’s world. The image of a player, the image of a club, and ultimately the image of a league make up the footballing experience. This creates a sense of excitement for paying supporters who provide revenue through TV deals and match day income. […]

ReJUVEnated

Seven years ago, Turin was an incredibly sad place. Smiles were in short supply, dreams were shattered, and it seemed all hope was lost. The impact of the 2006 Italian Football scandal, commonly referred to as Calciopoli, was felt far and wide. Juventus were relegated to Serie B, […]

Merseyside Rising

The competitiveness of the English Premier League is a complicated affair. In seasons past, there was the top 4: United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool. In more recent seasons, Manchester City and Tottenham have muscled their way to challenging for honors while Liverpool have reached a point of transition. […]

Samba vs Flamenco: A Battle of Ideals

We all predicted it, and I’m going to guess that deep inside all neutrals wanted it to happen. I’m talking about the final of the Confederations cup. It’s La Furia Roja vs The Selecao, it’s Spain vs Brazil. Spain are the current two time European champions and the […]

The Managerial Merry-go round

The football off season is known as “the crazy time”. Every team evaluates their season and they all try to adjust and tweak things and in some cases overhaul their teams. This summer for the first time in a long time the movement of players has been overshadowed […]

Goal line technology is HERE

The introduction of goal line technology into the game has been heavily blocked by Sepp Blatter for years, constantly insisting it has no place in the game. Fast forward to the 2010 world cup where Frank Lampard has a clear goal dismissed for England against Germany with the […]

The Special One Returns

What does it mean to be “Special”? Let’s start by defining the word first. As an adjective special means: “Better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.” It’s easy to say that this definition applies to Jose Mourinho for a few different reasons. Mourinho The Winning One […]

David Beckham, My Hero

Shock, agony and despair were the primary emotions that I felt on May 16th, 2013. History will remember it as the day my footballing idol, David Beckham brought an end to a playing career that spanned 20 years and 5 different clubs. If you forget about his celebrity […]

Manchester United 2012/2013 Season Review

Manchester United Season Review 2012/2013 Spurred on by an uncharacteristic late season capitulation in the 2011/2012 season, Sir Alex Ferguson pledged that Manchester United would never lose the Premier League title on goal difference again. The ol’ timer’s response to this disappointment was to lure the best player […]