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featurefootball4 months 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
featurefootball4 months ago

Jose Mourinho's redemption doesn’t lie in the future, it's in going back to his roots

Everyone knew it was coming eventually. It was bound to be, especially with the chaotic pandemic season smashing things together which meant three years felt like eighteen months, even when it had been only eighteen months. It’s why everyone expected the guillotine to drop on Jose Mourinho’s neck.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball7 months 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
featurefootball9 months ago

Football’s fluid and everchanging methodology has stamped it’s influence on the players

The first time Liverpool played Manchester City last season, the focus wasn’t on the game, or the players or the managers but instead on how the two sides played their football. One opted to dominate the ball and force their opponents into submission, while the other chose to control the transition.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootball9 months ago

El Diego’s incredible flaws made him human but make no mistake; he was a sporting icon and a God

How do you define or measure greatness? Is it by the impact that someone has made or the number of lives they’ve touched? Or the number of tributes they leave their mortal remains for something more ethereal? Or the statistics that they put up during the time they did spend on this planet?
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa year ago

Satire Saturday | Why settle for a dynasty when you can get yourself something much smaller?

‘Football fans are complete and utter idiots. Well, to be pedantic about it all, football fans are intelligent people born with common sense, which is something they’ve used for large parts of their life, but when it comes to football, they’re short-sighted idiots,’
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa year 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
featurefootballa year ago

Football without fans has placed a spotlight on the mistakes and placed the elite on a podium

In a future not so far from now, people will remember the days they spent in lockdown. The days they spent shut in their own houses, thanks to a virus that the leader of the free world believed came from eating a bat. But more importantly, they’ll remember how football strolled back into our lives.
Siddhant Lazar
featurefootballa year ago

AC Milan and Massimiliano Allegri are a match made in heaven even if they’re not perfect together

There are two managers, amongst many others, sitting in free-agency right now enjoying their ‘break’. One has won thirteen trophies, led two different eras of clubs to glory and the other has a grand total of zero trophies. Yet, the moment they’re ready, the latter will have an overflowing inbox.
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