• The Emergence of Rob Holding Can Only Be A Positive For Arsenal

    Over the last ten years, football has progressed to a stage where competition for young players is at an all-time high. With more and more money being pumped into the game, every club - not just the big clubs - are leaving no stone unturned in hope of finding that one special talent. Score a great solo goal in Brazil? Udinese are on the phone. Making waves in Japan? Augsburg will be schmoozing your agent. Impressing in Nigeria? Porto can fly you over in an instant. But when links to young Bolton defender Rob Holding began to surface, Arsenal fans, just like everybody else, had no idea who he was. ...

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  • All About The Full-Backs: The Secret To Real Madrid And Atletico’s Success

    For the third time in four seasons, Madrid boasts two of the Champions League’s final four teams and the city might have had two representatives in the 2014/15 edition as well, had Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid not been paired together in the quarter-finals. So how do they do it? These are two very different clubs in almost every sense, from their corporate structures to their coaches and from their transfer policies to their playing styles, but there is one common theme which goes a long way to explaining their consistency in Europe’s most prestigious competition. The full-backs. ...

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  • The Alternative Team Of The Premier League Season

    Teams of seasons are always subjective selections, and this season’s PFA Premier League crop is no different. The team – David de Gea, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Danny Rose; Eden Hazard, Dele Alli, N’Golo Kante, Sadio Mane; Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku – has attracted much debate, and this is par for the course. ...

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  • Tottenham Fell To Chelsea At Wembley, Not Themselves

    Football isn't always fair. By every reasonable measure, Tottenham should have come through their semi-final with Chelsea on Saturday, having played the better football, dominated possession, and asked the more sustained questions. But, alas, Chelsea emerged. They counter-attacked effectively and took ruthless advantage of some uncharacteristic mistakes and, although he didn't start the game, Eden Hazard was in the right place at the right moment to drill his team into a lead that they would never surrender. ...

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