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featurefootball24 days 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 months 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 months 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
featurefootball2 months ago

SportsCafe’s Greatest Team performances of the decade ft. Barcelona and AS Roma

The end of what might be football’s golden decade is upon us and what a decade of the greatest team sport it has been. The underdogs reigned supreme, from Inter Milan’s tactically sensational performance against Pep Guardiola, Netherlands and their revenge against Spain all the way to AS Roma.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 months ago

SportsCafe’s Greatest individual performances of the decade ft. Gareth Bale and Lionel Messi

The end of what might just be football’s golden decade is upon us and what a decade of individual skill it has been. From Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lifting their sides to glory to Dusan Tadic, Gareth Bale and Neymar’s flashes of brilliance to Kylian Mbappe paving the way for teenagers.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball2 months 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 months 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 months ago

Dysfunctional Barcelona have to do a better job of moving on from Messi and co

In Depraved and Insulting English, the authors show us a side of the English language that, like most of the English language, has fallen out with the times. It’s archaic, hilarious and it’s from here the word epicaricacy lands in our lives and, like many in the book, it suits our purpose well.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball3 months ago

Granada needs to be more than a footnote in the 2019/20 season

Nothing warms the heart, takes the cake or inspires a sappy tear-jerker like an underdog story and if nothing else, Granada are Spain’s underdog. In a world swarming with money, talent and stardom in walks in a club that has not just changed the air around Spain but give others hope for the future.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball4 months ago

Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and the death of the Trequartista

In a world of heavy pressing, high defensive lines, heavy metal football and consistent robotic performances, there's no longer space for a lackadaisical brilliant player. No longer place for a defensive passenger, no longer a place for a pure trequartista to simply put on his boots and dominate.
Siddhant Lazar