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featurefootball13 days ago

Roberto Mancini’s Italian renaissance has created a scary, era-forging Azzurri side

‘Our team has played brilliantly so far, and since Roberto Mancini has taken over the reins as manager I’ve felt a peculiar energy that’s difficult to explain,’ Beppe Bergomi, part of Italy’s 1982 World Cup winning squad, said.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball13 days ago

Demon slaying England have come of age at Euro 2020 but it needs to come home or else it might never

‘Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.’ Andy Dufresne said that in the quotable Shawshank Redemption and England have most certainly been hoping and waiting. 55 years of pain, of ignominy, of hurt, of hope and they’ve finally reached the promised land’s gates.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball14 days ago

Heart-breaking losses, Paneka penalties and a retirement: A Complete History of Lionel Messi’s failures with Argentina

Arguably the greatest player ever, Argentina’s most capped and their record goalscorer, with twice the number of goals Diego Maradona managed. And yet, for all those stats, all his trophies and those individual accolades, Messi’s time with Argentina has been nothing but a series of heart-breaks.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball25 days ago

England need to ignore history in order to satisfy their urges for world domination

England have always been a weird side. Grace Roberton’s England retrospective explains it so much better but the basics of it all is that they’ve been good when they were supposed to be bad, bad when they were supposed to be good and average with their very best, to a certain extent.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa month ago

Belgian blueprint vs Portugal’s superstars; a game far more than just an average knockout clash

A mountain of expectation on a generation vs the mountain on expectation on a superstar? This is what defines football to its very core, especially modern football. A battle between individualism and superstardom or one for all and all for one, the elite team mentality.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa month ago

An ode to Euro 2020’s Group of Death; Thank you for finally making our dreams come true

Let’s be honest, the last year has been crap. Sure, we haven’t had to endure a world war that devastated a world, a civil war that could potentially destroy a country or even a dictatorship like one the world has never seen before. But this is the modern world and thus we’ve had a modern issue.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa month ago

La Furia Roja's fragilities represent a larger issue at play for Spanish football

How far would you go? To battle for your principles, your way of doing things, standing still stubbornly while the world around you evolves and leaves the world you once knew behind? Would you still stand by your principle and tactics? The formation and methodology that once worked so well?
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa month ago

Why your team will suck at the Euro 2020: Portugal and their dependence on Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal has enjoyed some success on the international stage but they have yet to show that ability to do consistently well in order to be considered as greats. So why can’t Portugal deliver when it counts? Because they suck and won’t win anything and probably won't make it out of the group stages.
Praj
featurefootballa month ago

Why your team will suck at the Euro 2020: France and their dreams of a double-double

Pragmatic, energetic, lethal bursts on counter and that’s despite having what many are calling the greatest talent pool in the world. So good that their U21 side could play the Euros and still win despite the fact that they lost in the quarter-finals of the U21 Euros. So, here’s why France sucks.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa month ago

Why your team will suck at the Euro 2020: Belgium and their alleged ‘Golden Generation’

Roberto Martinez will be looking to take Belgium’s golden generation all through to the title as the Red Devils go into the competition as one of the tournament’s favourites. Touted as the last chance to win with one of the most experienced squads, here is why Belgium sucks and won’t do anything.
Praj