Category Archives: Footballers

Jack Wilshere must be wary of becoming Wayne Rooney

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There will always be that performance at the Camp Nou.

The 2010-2011 Champions League First Knockout stage. The second leg between Arsenal and Barcelona in Catalonia. Underneath the starry skies and upon the canvas of the European stage. Inside the amphitheater that forms Barcelona’s majestic football stadium. Amidst the brilliance of Lionel Messi, within the kaleidoscopic passing of Barcelona and beyond the controversy of a Robin Van Persie red card — there was Jack Wilshere.

The then 19-year old showed why many had Read the rest of this entry

Xabi Alonso: Pep Guardiola’s important ideological signing for Bayern Munich

 

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The Camp Nou. The Gamper Trophy. The 25th of August 2010. A night of flowing narratives. Ronaldinho returns to Barcelona with Milan in what was a sense of what used to be. Zlatan Ibrahimovich plays against his future club, Milan — a sense of what would be.

But hidden on that night was a sense of what might have been.

That was the night Pep Guardiola almost signed Andrea Pirlo. As explained in Read the rest of this entry

A Tale of Kings


by Dennis Odera


 

 

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Prior to the World Cup, there was a lot of fuss about two players: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Other players like Frank Ribery and Neymar da Silva had stirred and shaken the football waters but these two have caused hurricanes for different reasons.

For the first time in years, there were questions raised as to whether Hurricane Messi was the best player in Read the rest of this entry

Angel Di Maria in the shadows of greatness

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Among other things, Jurgen Klopp’s conclusion was clear and simple. “You can’t mark Di Maria,” was what he said after Borussia Dortmund had played Real Madrid during the 2012-2013 Champions League group stages.

Klopp would find a way as his Dortmund later on defeated Madrid in that season’s Champions League semis. But after meeting them again in the knockout rounds of the 2013-2014 Champions League, Klopp had to watch once more as Angel Di Maria ran rings around his defence.

It does help that Di Maria is at Real Madrid — the most expensively assembled team in football history. It also helps that alongside him is Cristiano Ronaldo — one of the greatest footballers of his generation and definitely among the pantheon of the greats. The other player of that calibre is Lionel Messi. He is Di Maria’s teammate at international level.

A rare prestige thus falls upon Di Maria. For club and country, he plays with two of the game’s immortals. As such though, that privilege is in itself Read the rest of this entry

Eusebio was Portugal’s Greatest Footballer

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There was a moment, towards the end of the 1968 European Cup Final when Eusebio was sent through on goal. With the game level at 1-1, here was the chance to win Benfica a third European Cup. His shot however inexplicably went straight into Alex Stepney’s hands.

As Wembley stadium heaved a sigh of relief at the disbelief of a player of Eusebio’s calibre missing such a

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