featurefootballa year ago

CR7, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the chance to ascend into the upper echelons of football

Twenty-two goals scored in a Saturday jam-packed with Premier League football from the early evening kick-off in India to the late-night goodbye in what was a seven-hour spell of spell-binding stuff. And yet, the attention seemed to be on Old Trafford, on Cristiano Ronaldo, and on Manchester United.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

Relegation and European drama: Serie A and Bundesliga still have a lot to offer on the final day

While the league titles in Germany and Italy have already been decided, the season is far from over because we’ve got relegation, European drama and then some to play for. Just because Bayern Munich and Inter Milan have won their respective titles, it doesn’t mean the season is over, now does it?
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

There is a war raging on for football’s soul and it looks like football is losing

A normal Monday, for most people, is boring and marks the end of the weekend. For football fans and people who work in football, it’s the day after a great or terrible weekend. Either way, it’s a non-eventful day with little to nothing worth reading or watching. That all changed on April 19 2021.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

Derby della Madonnina’s latest edition could be a pathbreaker for Italian football

There’s a phenomenon flying about in these very rough times and it’s a sign of the times. In fact, some have even said that it defines our current situation rather nicely. There’s bound to be a better name for it but at the moment, it goes by ‘blame the pandemic’.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 years ago

Napoli have been the architects of their downfall in the past but they have a chance to change their luck

There’s something about Napoli because when they are at their best, they are great but when it goes bad, it’s downright terrible. Their fall from grace after EL Diego left was an implosion of incredible propositions and this season looked like it might be worse, until Gennaro Gattuso stepped in.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball3 years ago

Juventus are trying to move on from Catenaccio but they’re doing it mindlessly

‘In the middle of the madness, you don’t have time to identify which player is on your team. If you don’t instantly get it through his movements, you may not know. So, before anything, you get a panorama of a match; the spaces from where you are, and what players are around you.' - Thiago Alcantara.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball3 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
featurefootball3 years ago

2010's World Team of the Decade: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer make the cut

It’s been a decade dominated by two men but with three World Cups, a gazillion Champions Leagues, even more league titles and over a million players, it’s been fun. That doesn’t make anybody’s job easy when it comes to picking a team of the decade because both Messi and Ronaldo have to be there.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball3 years ago

Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be just what the Serie A needs

Some call him the ultimate journeyman. Some call him arrogant with nothing to show despite more trophies than a few clubs. Some call him nothing more than the right man in the right place despite the goals he’s scored and the clubs he’s played for.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball3 years ago

Maurizio Sarri has to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo or risk imploding in Turin

In an Italy where dictatorship has given the Serie A its reputation over the last decade, Juventus decided to hand over the reins to the one man nearly toppled their regime. But while Maurizio Sarri deserves the gig, his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo will make or break his time in Turin.
Siddhant Lazar