21st Century Greats: Luis Figo

In 1999, Pele and Diego Maradona were voted the best players of the 20th Century in a FIFA poll. While few would argue with the selection, the vastly different conditions which players have been subjected to over the years means comparisons between eras are not always so straightfoward. With that in mind, we have decided…

Becoming A Jackal: The Carl Frampton Effect

Like many of his contemporaries, Carl Frampton is a fighter bred very much by circumstance. An upbringing in 1980s Belfast commanded a battling spirit from his generation, and while for many it led down a tumultuous path of civil unrest, Frampton opted for the road less travelled and that has made all the difference. There seems…

Will Mourinho put the “one” in gone?

Regardless of who you support and how much you may despise José Mourinho and his antics, “let’s be honest”, nobody could ever have predicted his Chelsea side’s implosion during the first quarter of this season. There have been 22 reigning champions in the Premier League’s history. From that elite group, only two have failed to finish in…

The Name Game: Where Did Your Club Get Their Nickname?

The beautiful game has evolved from decade to decade, however, one trait that has remained throughout all of football’s change is the nicknames given by fans to their respective clubs. For those of you who have ever wondered why Juventus are commonly referred to as “the Old Lady” or how Manchester United acquired their “Red Devils” title, then…

Part One: English Talents Ruined by Injury

Liverpool were devastated to learn this week that both Danny Ings and Joe Gomez had suffered ACL knee injuries, and will miss the entire season. Gomez received his injury whilst playing for the England u21’s, while Ings suffered his injury just days after making his debut for England. Both players had been bright sparks in…

Part Two: English Talents Ruined by Injury

Jack Wilshere Jack Wilshere has long been heralded as the future of English football. A skilful, dynamic and versatile midfielder, expectations have always been high for the Londoner. Wilshere, who made his Arsenal debut at just 16, has seen his development hampered by regular injury problems. After an incredible breakthrough at Arsenal, supplemented by a…