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featurefootball4 months ago

Title, relegation and European drama: The La Liga’s D-day threatens to be chaotic and exciting

There’s absolutely nothing like the final day of a league season but when this is the closest title race in 15 years and a superb relegation battle, it makes La Liga’s final day even better. Especially when you add in the fact that the two Madrid rivals are battling it out for the title on D-day.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball9 months ago

From chaos to being the perfect team in a weird year: Simeone and Atletico Madrid show that time heals all wounds

‘Why not dream of winning the La Liga?’ For most of the opening thirteen games this season, few believed it because we are, after all, only fifteen games into the season. Then came an expansive, defensive and truly dominant performance against Barcelona and suddenly it had everybody dreaming.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

Fear and Dysfunction at the Wanda Metropolitano

‘If I leave here tomorrow, Would you still remember me?’ crows Ronnie Van Zant in Lynyrd Skynyrd’s triumphant instrumental perfection that is Free Bird. It’s poignant and a near perfect song about someone leaving someone which applies to the chaotic time that Diego Simeone is enduring in Madrid.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

Liverpool's dominance is all well and good but what of the bigger picture

There’s a line in an ABBA song, where they sing “Money, money, money, must be funny in the rich man's world. Money, money, money, always sunny in the rich man's world.” It’s not their greatest – Spotify tells us that is Dancing Queen – but nothing suits this age better, especially football.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

SportsCafe’s Greatest Footballing moments of the decade ft. Leicester City and AS Monaco

The end of what many have taken to calling football’s golden decade is nearly upon us and what a decade of football it has been. From Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi, from Spain to France, from Leicester City to AS Monaco, football this decade has been rambunctious, dramatic and entertaining.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

August 2 | European football transfer round-up

Time waits for nobody, and with less than six days left for the Premier League’s transfer window to slam shut, the drama has skyrocketed. The other four leagues are still enjoying a good walk in the part, but with less than a month left, it’s time to start panicking and dig into a few juicy sagas.
SportsCafe Desk
featurefootball2 years ago

Joao Felix: The new Golden Boy at Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid has never spent nine figures on a single player, but losing a certain Frenchman demands spending outrageous sums of money. Overloaded with options, Atleti had two options: Spend smartly or add one superstar. Instead, they went with option three and introduced the world to Joao Felix.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball3 years ago

ISL 2019 | What Clicked and What Didn’t - Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur missing out on the playoffs was definitely one of the biggest upsets of the season, especially after the way they played. However, despite some individual brilliance and masterful tactics, untimely injuries and suspensions meant that the Steelers would need to wait to make the playoffs.
Subhayan Dutta
featurefootball5 years ago

Who will win the La Liga title - A detailed analysis

Despite housing both the greatest players of our era, little thought has been given to claims that the La Liga could be the best league in the world -it being a two-horse race and all that. But, it appears they are the only major league where the champion has not become a certainty yet this year.
Faizan Qadiri
featurefootball5 years ago

Tactical Talk : Rise and fall of the 4-4-2 formation

The 4-4-2 was once the basic building block of most teams, but as modern-day football has developed midfield play, possession-based football has come to the fore, rendering 4-4-2 obsolete. We look at how Leicester City and Atletico Madrid have used this system in modern times effectively.
Sooraj Kapur