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  1. The Premier League- The Best XI of the Rest
  2. The Road Forks here~ Barcelona’s Catalan Conundrum
  3. The commercialisation of Football : Money Madness
  4. Malaga CF ~A Masterpiece Gone Wrong~
  5. PREMIER LEAGUE XI OF THE SEASON, SO FAR
November 21, 2017
The Premier League- The Best XI of the Rest

Ah, the top 6. How they hog the limelight! At times, it is almost as if there are two completely different leagues going on. One being the top 6, and the other one right below it . This does not mean that the ones below aren’t quality teams. The Premier League is known for its…

November 20, 2017
The Road Forks here~ Barcelona’s Catalan Conundrum

On the 1st of October 2017, thousands took to the streets of Barcelona, capital of Spain’s most prosperous and wealthiest region, Catalonia. This time, however, it wasn’t a procession to watch the game against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors. This was a procession that would mark what would possibly be one of…

November 19, 2017
The commercialisation of Football : Money Madness

Commercialisation. A term used at some point in time in every sport across the globe. For football, the 21st century has been the era of commercialisation for the sport. But what exactly does commercialisation entail? When a sport reaches a global audience, a material audience which will attract people in huge numbers, there is always…

November 13, 2017
Malaga CF ~A Masterpiece Gone Wrong~

In an attempt to create something beautiful, one has to constantly supervise it. The final touches; the pinnacle of perfection can only be achieved by someone who is mad enough to pursue it no matter what. He has envisioned a dream, which he is willing to turn into reality. However, there is no match for…

November 11, 2017
PREMIER LEAGUE XI OF THE SEASON, SO FAR

So, eleven games into the Premier league season, the pace has been well and truly set by a rampant Manchester City side who are already 8 points clear at the top of the table. They have been nothing short of incredible to watch and their philosophy of staying true to the way they wish to…

November 10, 2017
The misunderstood genius – Karim Benzema

The Signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in June 2009 slowly paved way for Real Madrid to kill the role of the out and out striker.The primary responsibility  of the striker at Real Madrid changed into a distributor. Here,we will look at how Karim Benzema evolved to play that role.  Benzema and Higuain: Many believe Higuain was not…

November 9, 2017
Brazil World Cup Preview – An early look.

When the World Cup kicks off next summer most eyes of football fans will be focused on a certain team in yellow .If football were a brand one could say Brazil are the brand ambassadors. They’ve easily been the greatest and most popular team in the sport having won the tournament 5 times and produced…

November 8, 2017
The Beautiful Game~Turf Diaries~

The Beautiful Game – A monthly exclusive where fans talk about their fondest/most unforgettable  memories with a ball on their feet. Today Resident EADF writer Ayush recollects a story that might not be his fondest , but one he will never forget .   Its Friday evening and I can almost smell the weekend. The…

November 8, 2017
Football Ultras, heroes or villains ?

The Ultras: For centuries, sports has always been a source of entertainment for people. It has many forms, versions and varieties.However,in the past few decades, football has been the most popular sport in this world. The joy of watching 22 players battle it out on the field for supremacy is incomparable. The fact that this game…

November 7, 2017
La Liga’s Tactical Revolution – Valencia and co.

In La Liga we’re all used to hearing about the “Big 3” and how they dominate Europe. But today we take a deeper look into the lower teams and their tactical advancements. Teams like Celta and Valencia are playing beautiful football but are not getting the recognition deserved as the focus is on Barcelona and…

November 4, 2017
Super Sunday Premier League Preview II

While the attention would be on the Chelsea – Manchester United clash on Sunday afternoon for obvious reasons, City vs Arsenal is the more intriguing tie this weekend in the Premier League for those with a taste for free-flowing, end-to-end football. Manchester City are flying high at the moment, steamrolling every side that has come…

November 2, 2017
Super Sunday Preview ~ Chelsea vs United ~

“Kante going all the way through! Ohhhh, It gets better and better for Chelsea. Talk about rubbing Mourinho’s nose in it.” Those were the words that resonated through television sets across the world a little over a year ago as Chelsea handed Manchester United a lesson in football at The Bridge. For the first time…

Arsenal
November 1, 2017
The Arsenal Monthly: October

If you’re an Arsenal fan, every month is eventful and you are just one defeat away from crisis. The month of October was no different. It was an eventful month during which a lot happened on and off the field, with some shocking defending vs Watford to absolutely ripping Everton to shreds. With Sanchez, Ozil…

October 31, 2017
Phil Jones : The Resurgence

Phil Jones has been at the root of Manchester United’s defensive solidarity this season, and we dive into what he’s done right and how he’s helped them to the best defensive showing in the league. Jose Mourinho’s teams operate with a particular template. His back 4 has one attacking Full Back, and one defensive Wing…

October 28, 2017
U-17 World Cup Final Preview.

A wounded lion is said to be more ferocious. However, the lion does not attack the person who inflicted the wound. Time to rewind the clock to where it all began. The u-17 Euros has five spots for qualification to the u-17 World Cup. However, the qualification part did not matter to England and Spain…

October 26, 2017
World Cup Preview: Can the Three Lions Roar Again?
Pressure. Disappointment. Agony. Three words that sum up England’s recent World Cup history and performances. No other nation feels the pressure more than England, with fans, pundits and the media craving for success. England has had some legends play in the last three World Cups but each time the team has failed to impress on...
October 23, 2017
The Curious Case of Mesut Ozil

Majestic, Lazy, Mercurial, Weak, there are many an adjective that one could use for Mesut Ozil. At his best, he could make a fool of even the best of defences with just one pass, at his worst though, he could cost his team points through his lack of positional discipline. “There isnt a copy of…

October 23, 2017
PL Weekend review: Manchester City sailing on

Somewhere in the middle of the first half of the season ,it can be said that the very foundation has been set for the plot to unfold.Manchester City are pulling away and there are ominous signs for the others in the top-6. With the Terriers pulling out a shocker and Arsenal showing glimpses of their…

October 20, 2017
Merseyside Blues – Decoding Everton’s poor start to the 2017/18 season 

Often lingering in the shadow of English football’s giants in the northwest, this season was meant to represent a turning point for Everton. Heavy spending ushered in by billionaire Farhad Moshiri’s takeover in February 2016 saw parallels being drawn with Sheikh Mansour’s Manchester City acquisition in 2008. Moshiri’s project is brimming with similar ambition, he…

October 18, 2017
RB Leipzig – A new emerging force of German football

History and their development – RB Leipzig is not your normal Bundesliga club. They have made their way into the first division, creating waves amongst many for outperforming the usual suspects – similar to Leicester in the Premier League. However, there is more than one difference between those two clubs. During Leicester’s incredible run to the…

October 17, 2017
France World Cup Preview – Les Bleus’ time is now

It seemed to take an eternity for Eder’s shot to streak across the turf and into the back of the net. Portugal had been through the misery of losing to an underdog at home, as they did against Greece in 2004, and all of France that saw the ball trickle across the line knew, with…

October 17, 2017
VfL Wolfsburg 07/08 : The Felix Factor.

The 2008-09 season had an unexpected surprise for Bundesliga watchers. VfL Wolfsburg were managed by Felix Magath, a manager who knew his ways around the Bundesliga. Yet, no one imagined them to build on their previous 5th place finish to become Champions of Germany.How did Felix Magath manage to take a side destined for mid-table…

October 16, 2017
Brazil : CONMEBOL Review

The Brazilians aka Seleção Brasileira de Futebol) are known to be the most successful national team on this planet. After a horror exit from the last edition of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 which saw the favourites and host nation Brazil get knocked out in the semifinal against a dominant Germany 1-7, their biggest…

October 11, 2017
Pep v Pochettino:Analysing Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker’s move to Manchester City, worth an initial 50 million Euros , made him the most expensive English player in history.However, he’s gone about operating at right full back, in a very different role at Manchester City as opposed to his time at Tottenham. This can primarily be explained by the difference in style…

India
October 6, 2017
India takes on the World : U-17 Fifa World Cup

The time draws near as the Young Colts of India are all set to begin a football revolution in India. The young boys need to be at their very best as they play the first group match against the USA. The young Indians play them in Delhi at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from 8:00 PM. India…

Portsmouth
October 6, 2017
Portsmouth FC – Euphoria to Despair.

Portsmouth Football club- The famous blue and white Pompey as they were called. If you were watching football from the 90’s and 2000’s, you would know that they were one of the big clubs of the Premier league. Harry Redknapp winning them the FA cup in 2008, remember that? But hey, what has happened to…

October 5, 2017
Consistency at the Roots: The Boys from Germany

It is true “Change is the only constant.” However, instances arise when such statements need to be revised. Ask any football follower their point of view on a certain topic, there will be a different conclusion every time. For instance, who the all time  best goalkeeper is , the best forward, the never-ending battle between…

October 4, 2017
Klopp and the Kop: Sorting out the mess.

All appeared to be well at Merseyside from the moment the little Brazilian was back and amongst the goals with a win over Leicester away from home. But issues in the week in Europe and then away at St.James’ Park, have put the men from Anfield and Jurgen Klopp in a very awkward position.Anirudh breaks…

October 3, 2017
FIFA 18 Gameplay Review: Bold and Realistic

29th September2017. The day that many a football fan was waiting for. The day that FIFA 18 arrived. This game was supposed to be a huge improvement on the previous year’s work with a much anticipated continuation in the chapter of ‘The Journey’. There are many Positives and negatives to FIFA 18: Positives: Gameplay: To…

October 2, 2017
Football Manager —  A way of life.

‘It’s more than just a game, it’s a way of life. For years, Football Manager has dominated our lives, driving friends and family crazy with our aspirations of virtual glory.The more you win, the more you want to keep playing. The more you lose, the more you need to keep playing. It’s no wonder addiction soon grabs…

October 1, 2017
U-17 World Cup:Turning Prodigy to Legacy

The model of football is witness to a tremendous change. Gone are those days when the colossal hype and fan craze were only for the European elites. With the dawn of the new age, football has become a medium to expand and explore new nations. It has become a new language and has opened up…

September
October 1, 2017
The Arsenal Monthly: September

What an eventful month in the world of Arsenal Football Club. It has been a much better month compared to the one that they had in August. After that humiliating loss to Liverpool, Arsenal have picked themselves up and have remained unbeaten in September in all competitions. They have had 3 Premier League matches, 2…

A Dream Come True
October 1, 2017
Chelsea FC: A Dream That Became a Reality
19th May 2012. This is a day that will forever be engraved in every Chelsea fan’s heart. This was the day Chelsea beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. This was the day that showed football in all its glory and passion. This was the day when Chelsea became the champions of Europe. This was...
Bayern
September 30, 2017
Bayern Munich’s harsh treatment of Ancelotti

Ancelotti’s sacking shows that even Bayern aren’t immune to the whims of modern football.  A third exclusive by Kabir Ali Germany are, always have been and will continue to be a football powerhouse. Very few things are constant in football, and this is one of them. And of German football, Bayern Munich is the crown…

September 29, 2017
Pep Guardiola – The Conductor

A detailed look into Pep Guardiola’s journey from a Footballer to a Genius manager empowering every team that was fortunate enough to be managed by him. It is difficult to quantify force. Sure, Mass times Acceleration, I know, I have received schooling (if not an education). But what about the force of personality, force of…

September 23, 2017
Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles :The Greatest story in the Premier League era.

Played 38, won 26, drawn 12, lost exactly none. Words that will echo in the ears of Arsenal fans for years to come. Arsenal’s last Premier League triumph is easily their most memorable and arguably  the greatest achievement in the Premier League era . This league is one of the most gruelling leagues in the world,…

September 21, 2017
THE RETURN OF THE INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE

An exclusive preview of the HERO Indian Super League by EADF Guest writer Ajay Franklin Skimmer.  The HERO Indian Super League, India’s most popular football league is back for its fourth edition this 2017 and it is ready to provide some scintillating football action for the Indian fans. The introduction of two new franchises Bengaluru…

Charly Musonda
September 21, 2017
Charly of House Musonda – First of his Kind

The day Charly Musonda shed a tear. There was an air of inevitability in Chelsea’s League cup opener against Forest last night. The Champions looked the part and completed a routine victory against a team, that had narrowly escaped relegation to League One in May. Antonio Conte, opted for Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Gary…

Spain
September 21, 2017
Spain’s Shot At Renaissance

A Second exclusive by EADF writer Kabir Ali. The long road to recovery. Of the things that are the hardest to achieve in football, few come close to having to get back on your perch once someone comes along and knocks you off. And for Spain, it doesn’t make it any easier that that perch…

September 16, 2017
Marouane Fellaini: Is the tide finally turning?

Marouane Fellaini came on as a substitute for an injured Paul Pogba in United’s Champions League bow against FC Basel. At the end of the night, he had a headed goal and the man of the match award neatly tucked away. This marked a remarkable turn of events for Fellaini, who has seen his stock…

September 14, 2017
Tottenham 3 Borussia Dortmund 1: Harry Kane at the double as Spurs make Champions League statement

            Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside their Wembley curse and opened their Champions League group campaign with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in front after just four minutes when Harry Kane found Heung-min Son on the break, allowing the South Korean to charge…

September 14, 2017
The very best of Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal have produced some riveting games against each other in the Premier league era. Let us have a look at five of the best games these two London rivals have played against each other – Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 22nd 2014) In what was supposed to be a proud and historic day for…

September 14, 2017
WORLD CUP PREVIEW ~BELGIUM~

A Second exclusive by EADF Guest writer Kartik Lal. As an avid football fan, the summer of 2017 was exhilarating and pretty intense, We saw transfer records getting broken left right and centre. Teams like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and United, Everton, Liverpool have broken their transfer records in the Premier League along with other…

September 10, 2017
The feint that changed everything – Manchester City and that Goal

In the complex and often murky world of financial markets, there are what is called ‘Black Swan’ events every few years. Events that change the relationship of the market with its participants, and drag the rest of the economy with them too. Right from the time of the Tulip Bubble to the South Sea Crisis,…

September 9, 2017
Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

MANCHESTER CITY demolished Liverpool at the Etihad after Sadio Mane was controversially sent off. It might be suggesting a little too much to argue this was the day that Manchester City’s title challenge fully ignited. After all, they were aided considerably by an awful error of judgement from Sadio Mane, whose 37th minute boot the…

September 6, 2017
Top U-20 talents to watch out for in the Premier League

A third exclusive by Anirudh Srinivasan Renato Sanches In what can be considered as one of the biggest coups of the summer, Swansea City managed to pull off the signing of the 20-year old Golden Boy winner. Little more than a year after he set about making a name for himself with stellar performances in…

September 4, 2017
The Beautiful Game – Harshit Sarin

 The Beautiful Game – A weekly exclusive where fans talk about their fondest footballing memories. Harshit Sarin, a 21 year old graduate from SCMS Pune kicks off the inaugural edition.   My earliest recollection of kicking a football dates back to the early 2000s when I was about 5 years old. I played with my…

September 3, 2017
Have Chelsea Aced the Transfer Market or Will Conte Feel the Blues?
Will Conte be happy with his squad? As the mayhem begins to settle and the hush descends on the footballing world, fans are still trying to make sense of one of the craziest transfer markets ever. Transfer records were not just broken, but shattered, as PSG stole the headlines. In such a chaotic market, Chelsea’s...
September 3, 2017
The Case for the Defensive Midfielder

The importance of the Defensive Midfielder in football today. In theory, football is (should be) a simple game. Eleven players attempting to put the ball in a net, in the process moving it among themselves and keeping it away from the grasp of the opposing team. In practice though, the task of scoring a goal…

September 3, 2017
As the Dust Settles

The transfer window saga has ended. As the dust settles, the squads have been finalized. Even if the managers have got the desired results, or not, they have to cope with these players only. Let us examine the signings and how the teams have performed in this crazy transfer window. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United:…

September 6, 2017
Shenoy Scouts 1.3: Analyzing the trends

The international break is over and it is finally September, which means one thing for Fantasy managers, Harry Kane is up and about once again! No,but jokes aside the Englishman looked good for England over the break scoring twice in as many games. But looking beyond Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford looked bright for England as…

August 24, 2017
Shenoy Scouts 1.2: GW3 Preparation.

The first two game weeks have flown by and a lot of big money signings would appear to be stagnating in most managers’ teams. Kevin de Bruyne was deployed at the base of the diamond for City, almost appearing to be a practical joke played by Guardiola. Harry Kane kept up with his poor numbers…

August 19, 2017
The ‘Big 6’ Summer Transfer Commentary – Who is Winning the Silly Season (PL)

Image credits – ytimg  6.Chelsea It has been a typically Chelsea start to the year (for Chelsea of course). They won last year at a canter, introduced the English audience to the proverbial “Three at the Back”, won praise for their record equaling thirteen game run and then broke the record for netting an unprecedented number…

August 16, 2017
ShenoyScouts 1.1: Takeaways from Gameweek 1

Harry Kane shot a blank, Romelu Lukaku justified the near 50% ownership and the Albion defense did what the Albion defense always does, keep clean sheets. So what are the big takeaways from Gameweek 1? Well for starters, a personal punt of getting Alex Iwobi has failed with the young winger not being rewarded for…

July 29, 2017
Shenoy Scouts 1.0 : Budget Buys

Introducing to you our official weekly coverage of the Fantasy Premier League, say hello to Shenoy Scouts 1.0. Don’t forget to join our Private League , and keep following www.elartedf.com for more help on getting the perfect fit for your team. Any FPL team has a minimum of two budget buys whether it be Jakupovic at the back,…

November 4, 2017
Super Sunday Premier League Preview II

While the attention would be on the Chelsea – Manchester United clash on Sunday afternoon for obvious reasons, City vs Arsenal is the more intriguing tie this weekend in the Premier League for those with a taste for free-flowing, end-to-end football. Manchester City are flying high at the moment, steamrolling every side that has come…

November 2, 2017
Super Sunday Preview ~ Chelsea vs United ~

“Kante going all the way through! Ohhhh, It gets better and better for Chelsea. Talk about rubbing Mourinho’s nose in it.” Those were the words that resonated through television sets across the world a little over a year ago as Chelsea handed Manchester United a lesson in football at The Bridge. For the first time…

October 23, 2017
PL Weekend review: Manchester City sailing on

Somewhere in the middle of the first half of the season ,it can be said that the very foundation has been set for the plot to unfold.Manchester City are pulling away and there are ominous signs for the others in the top-6. With the Terriers pulling out a shocker and Arsenal showing glimpses of their…

October 11, 2017
World Cup – CONMEBOL Qualification Live Coverage.

What a night of South American Football. Argentina witness a miracle courtesy of “Magical Messi”. Uruguay decimates Bolivia. Brazil dent the hopes of Chile at Sao Paulo, Jesus scoring a brace. Peru are through to their First ever World Cup. First Iceland and now Peru to play their first ever World Cup. Certainly, the 2018…

Old Trafford
October 3, 2017
Plans to expand Old Trafford capacity under way

Plans to expand Old Trafford are underway as officials in United are charting out a plan to increase the stadium capacity to 88,000 from 75,643 by adding an extra tier to the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand. The planned expansion will see Old Trafford become the third largest football stadium in Europe after Camp Nou and Wembley stadium…

September 23, 2017
SOUTHAMPTON 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 : Romelu Lukaku strikes again but United fans ignore pleas to stop singing offensive song

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season to give Manchester United a hard-fought victory at Southampton. Lukaku broke the deadlock on 20 minutes, converting the rebound after Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster parried his header from Ashley Young’s cross. The result maintains United’s unbeaten start to their league campaign, although they are…

Charly Musonda
September 21, 2017
Charly of House Musonda – First of his Kind

The day Charly Musonda shed a tear. There was an air of inevitability in Chelsea’s League cup opener against Forest last night. The Champions looked the part and completed a routine victory against a team, that had narrowly escaped relegation to League One in May. Antonio Conte, opted for Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Gary…

FIFPro
September 20, 2017
FIFPro Announce Nominees For 2017 FIFA World XI

    “FIFPro have announced the 55 nominees for the 2017 FIFA World XI. About 25 000 professional footballers from all over the world took part in the nomination process, and the players with the most votes were listed among the 55 nominees. The World XI, which will be announced during the FIFA awards in…

September 18, 2017
Manchester United triumph on Rooney’s homecoming

Manchester United made it a frustrating homecoming for Wayne Rooney as they thrashed Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday. Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford ended in a dismal defeat – embossed by three late goals – which sent Everton into the bottom three. Antonio Valencia smashed a shot past Jordan Pickford from…

September 18, 2017
Chelsea vs Arsenal: Match Review

The Original London derby, a prestigious fixture on the Premier League calendar, Chelsea vs Arsenal may not have had goals, but it was one of the most entertaining goalless draws this season. Arsenal would be the happier of the two with this result as they managed to keep a clean sheet away from home to…

September 17, 2017
Spotlight on London: Previewing Chelsea vs Arsenal
Sunday, September 17th. It’s going to be Blue vs. Red. North London vs. South London. Conte vs. Wenger. Yes, that’s right, that’s the sound of the first big London Derby of the season. The Gunners make the short trip to Stamford Bridge, on the back of a shaky start to the season. Arsenal have won...
September 17, 2017
Liverpool 1-1 Burnley – Review

Liverpool’s frustrating week continued as Burnley battled hard for a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday despite the return of Philippe Coutinho to the starting XI. Sean Dyche’s side took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute through Scott Arfield but the hosts responded three minutes later through Mohamed Salah….

September 14, 2017
The very best of Chelsea vs Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal have produced some riveting games against each other in the Premier league era. Let us have a look at five of the best games these two London rivals have played against each other – Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 22nd 2014) In what was supposed to be a proud and historic day for…

September 13, 2017
Barcelona 3-0 Juventus: Messi glitz as barca see off juv

Lionel Messi ended his long barren run against Gianluigi Buffon and then left many wondering why it took him so long as he added another in show of strength from Barcelona. The Serie A champions beat Barca by the same scoreline in the quarter-finals last season before holding out for a second-leg stalemate at Camp…

September 12, 2017
Champions League Matchday 1 Preview

Rafael Hernández‏ @RafaelH117  44m44 minutes ago Dembélé gets his first start as a Barça player. Messi had his breakthrough match vs Juventus, will it be the same for him? Paul Pogba’s first CL game for @ManUtd. Played one Europa League game (v Athletic Bilbao) prior to return. Ashley Young started then too.-CONFIRMED: Rodrigo Bentancur (20) is IN…

September 12, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group H

Always leave the best for last and this year’s Group H is just that. The traditional ‘Group of Death’ features Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia. One can almost write off APOEL before the games have even started due to the ability of the other teams. The most famous team in Cyprus…

September 11, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group G

This Group promises to be one of the most entertaining groups of all. Even though one might say that none of them are elite clubs, they have a chance of qualifying. This is because all these teams are evenly matches. Besiktas, Leipzig, Porto and Monaco all are quite evenly matches. There are no favorites in…

September 11, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group E

Liverpool are back in the Champions League! A sight that would bring a smile to any open minded football fan. They have been dealt an interesting group. It features Liverpool, Sevilla, Nk Maribor and Spartak Moscow. On paper, it might seem straight forward for Liverpool and Sevilla to qualify, but Moscow and Maribor are not…

September 10, 2017
Humbled At Hoffenheim

Match report by Guest Writer – Alankrith Shankar When Carlo Ancelloti made his first high profile move from AS Roma to AC Milan back in the late 1980s, Julien Naglesmen wasn’t even born yet. Such an experienced customer such as Carlo who has fondly been revered as King Carlo or Don Carlo, coupled with the…

September 10, 2017
Leicester City vs Chelsea: 5 Things We Learned
This match was expected to be closely competed as two sides came into this fixture having had a mixed start to the campaign. Neither team had hit top gear yet and this showed in this match too. The first half was scrappy and competitive, with Leicester not giving Chelsea the space to play their game....
September 10, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: GROUP A

Well, there is only one favourite in this group and that is the high flying Man Utd Football club. While group A boasts the likes of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow too, based on current form, it is highly likely that United will win this group. Jose Mourinho’s men have been off to a flyer…

September 10, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group D

This Griup features Barcelona, Juventus, Olympiakos and Sporting CP. It features a rematch of the last year’s Quarter finals. It might seem to many that there are two battles going on here, one for top spot between Barcelona and Juventus and one for who gets into the Europa league between Sporting CP and Olympiakos. The…

September 9, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group C

If not for Group H, this could have been considered the group of death. Featuring Chelsea, Athletico Madrid, AS Roma and Qarabag FK. Qarabag are new to the Champions League and will be shown what level Champions League clubs play at after being drawn to such a group. They were founded in 1950 and currently…

September 9, 2017
Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

MANCHESTER CITY demolished Liverpool at the Etihad after Sadio Mane was controversially sent off. It might be suggesting a little too much to argue this was the day that Manchester City’s title challenge fully ignited. After all, they were aided considerably by an awful error of judgement from Sadio Mane, whose 37th minute boot the…

September 9, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group B

This group was always only going to be about two teams, Bayern Munich and PSG. All eyes are on PSG though(not only for FFP) as new signings Neymar and Mbappe will be seen playing together. Celtic and Anderlect are almost already competing for 3rd place even before the tournament has begun. Its not that they are very weak…

September 8, 2017
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The plethora of options in the South American continent gives them access to five spots of qualification. Automatically, the first four qualify. Consequently, the team sitting fifth plays a qualification playoff. The World Cup is round the corner, and the qualification spots are fairly booked. The winners of the group are decided. Two teams already…

September 8, 2017
Klopp speaks out on Coutinho’s chances of starting against City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has uncovered that Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho is probably not going to play against Manchester City this end of the week as they keep on managing the back damage which has kept him out of club activity so far this season. The news comes as a shock after the 25-year-old played…

September 8, 2017
LEICESTER CITY VS CHELSEA PREVIEW
The 2015-16 Champions host the 2016-17 Champions The Blues travel to Leicester this weekend, in an attempt to build on their run from before the international break. The first break of the year came at the wrong time for Chelsea. The Blues had begun to show glimpses of last year’s championship winning form, after stumbling...
September 7, 2017
Stoke City vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United will travel to the Bet365 stadium looking to carry their rich vein of form from before the International Break. They hold a 100% record in the league and will look to continue their perfect record  during Saturday’s early evening Kick-off. They are top of the league having scored 10 goals without letting in…

September 6, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis : GROUP F

Group F This group contains the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Man City, Napoli and Feynoord. Suprisingly, Shakhtar Donetsk are the club from pot one in this group. They currently sit atop the Ukrainian Premier League. They are not to be taken lightly and could pose a tricky challenge for Man City and Napoli especially when…

September 6, 2017
Top U-20 talents to watch out for in the Premier League

A third exclusive by Anirudh Srinivasan Renato Sanches In what can be considered as one of the biggest coups of the summer, Swansea City managed to pull off the signing of the 20-year old Golden Boy winner. Little more than a year after he set about making a name for himself with stellar performances in…

September 5, 2017
Lukaku looking forward to Zlatan competition

Romelu Lukaku was speaking to reporters at International duty and had his say on the possible competition for the starting spot in the second half of the season. Lukaku stated that  he doesn’t fear his Old Trafford teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic and relishes the prospect of lining up with up with the Big Swede come January….

September 3, 2017
As the Dust Settles

The transfer window saga has ended. As the dust settles, the squads have been finalized. Even if the managers have got the desired results, or not, they have to cope with these players only. Let us examine the signings and how the teams have performed in this crazy transfer window. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United:…

September 2, 2017
Milan and Dortmund play the blame game.

AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has acccused Borussia Dortmund of making it hard for  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  to join his club this summer despite the player’s desire to make the switch. He said “Dortmund struggled to allow him to leave.” on a live Facebook Q & A on Milan’s official page. There were plans of…

September 2, 2017
Liverpool and Chelsea to lock horns over Solanke Transfer fee at Tribunal.

Liverpool’s capture of Oxlade Chamberlain from under Chelsea’s noses will make the upcoming tribunal to decide the transfer fee to be paid by Liverpool to Chelsea for Dominic Solanke a very tense affair. Chelsea cannot be very pleased by the manner in which they missed out on Oxlade- Chamberlain after an initial fee was agreed…

August 31, 2017
Deadline Day- LIVE Updates!

Deadline Day. Stay with us as we explore the latest developments from this year’s transfer deadline day. This transfer season has set new records with Neymar’s transfer. All times are IST (Indian Standard Time). British Window closes at 3:30 am IST. 3:30 AM- Deadline day has officially ended. Diafra Sakho is still a Hammer having failed…

August 28, 2017
Monaco sign Stevan Jovetic as Mbappe replacement

Monaco close in on the former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic. The Montenegro international is set to replace the 18 year old wonderkid Mbappe, as his switch to the Capital of France seems imminent. Pictures of a photo shoot of Jovetic with new home colors of the Riviera club seem to have…

August 28, 2017
DEPORTIVO ALAVES 0 BARCELONA 2: Messi steals the show again…

FC Barcelona traveled to Mendizorrotza to face Alaves in the second gameweek of La Liga 17/18The first half was a cagey affair as Alaves managed to resist Barca’s efforts with a combination of disciplined defensive display as well as good goalkeeping. They too carved out a few good chances as Soriano somehow managed to miss…

August 28, 2017
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Match Review

This fixture never fails to disappoint. Over the years, Liverpool vs Arsenal has been an action packed fixture filled with mesmerizing attacking play. This stems from the fact that both teams attack better than they defend. This time though, Liverpool’s attack absolutely dismantled the Arsenal defense whereas the Arsenal attack did not manage to trouble…

August 27, 2017
Blitzkrieg

Back with a Bang… This weekend the Bundesliga offered the most enticing and appealing form of football, presented from the German Sub continent. The defending champions lock horns with their rivals. On one hand, Bayern was hoping for a dominant display which would propel them to the top. Werden Bremen playing in their own backyard,…

August 27, 2017
Homecoming

The Yellow wall It would be an understatement to define the stadium of Borussia Dortmund as their home. The turbulent and enigmatic supporters make the stadium much more than that. The Signal Iduna Park turns into a spectacle, which gets behind their team with full force. They become a force to reckon with. Such is…

August 26, 2017
Juventus close in on Benedikt Howedes.

Sky Sport Italia have reported that Juventus and FC Schalke 04 are close to reaching an agreement which will see German defender Benedikt Howedes make a switch to The Old Lady. Juventus director Beppe Marotta had his say on this situation when he publicly said, that the German’s arrival at the club was ‘more than…

August 26, 2017
Super Sunday Preview:Liverpool vs Arsenal.

Liverpool host Arsenal on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a captivating encounter with both sides looking for nothing less than 3 points in order to head into the international break on a high. Arsenal‘s loss at Stoke has once again heaped pressure on Arsene Wenger, and this represents a wonderful chance for the…

August 25, 2017
BREAKING: FCBarcelona confirm they have completed a deal to sign Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele for an initial fee of €105 million. They announced the signing on Twitter. 👋 Benvingut @Dembouz!👋 ¡Bienvenido Dembélé!👋 Welcome Dembélé!👋 Bienvenue Dembélé!🔵🔴 #BeBarça pic.twitter.com/gTl0YXCEd6 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 25, 2017 The Barcelona faithful will hope that Dembele will be be able to fill…

August 24, 2017
BREAKING : Zlatan Ibrahimovic signs new contract!

This is the extract from Manchester United’s official website confirming his contract renewal “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his journey with the club and has signed a one-year contract. He will wear the number 10 shirt. Ibrahimović, 35, made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for the club during…

August 23, 2017
Berbatov joins ISL

Berbatov at his prime for the Red Devils. Image via The Telegraph.  Dimitar Berbatov signs for ISL side, Kerela Blasters. Berbatov has signed a year long contract which sees him play for Kerala Blasters. The former Manchester and Tottenham player was a free agent before Kerela Blasters came knocking on his door. Kerela has been…

August 23, 2017
Present Arms

Wayne Rooney retires from international football. The boy belonging to the Blue side of Merseyside brings down the curtains to a phenomenon career. Rooney featured in 119 matches, scoring 53 times for “The Three Lions”. He was undoubtedly part of the most comprehensive squad ever brought forward by England. Rooney had seen a roller coaster…

August 22, 2017
Nasri and Kondogbia make switches!

Antalyaspor signs Nasri. Image via Daily Sabah. (https://goo.gl/U4ks6e) The transfer window sees another absurdity take place as Samir Nasri leaves City for an estimated fee of 3.2 million pounds. Reports confirm his move to Turkish club Antalyaspor. Nasri will be joining the likes of Samuel Eto’o, although reports from the Turkish league suggest that Eto’o is…

August 21, 2017
~MANCHESTER CITY VS EVERTON PREVIEW ~

Welcome to the live coverage of the Premier League as Manchester City and Everton square off for what is set to  be a hostile affair at the Etihad as we welcome Monday Night football back into our schedules. Will Pep’s terrifying attacking force continue their dominance over the Toffees at the Etihad stadium? We’ll have…

August 19, 2017
The ‘Big 6’ Summer Transfer Commentary – Who is Winning the Silly Season (PL)

Image credits – ytimg  6.Chelsea It has been a typically Chelsea start to the year (for Chelsea of course). They won last year at a canter, introduced the English audience to the proverbial “Three at the Back”, won praise for their record equaling thirteen game run and then broke the record for netting an unprecedented number…

September 21, 2017
THE RETURN OF THE INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE

An exclusive preview of the HERO Indian Super League by EADF Guest writer Ajay Franklin Skimmer.  The HERO Indian Super League, India’s most popular football league is back for its fourth edition this 2017 and it is ready to provide some scintillating football action for the Indian fans. The introduction of two new franchises Bengaluru…

September 13, 2017
Bengaluru FC hold April 25 SC to a goalless draw to set up inter-zone final tie with Istiklol

North Korea : Bengaluru Football Club will be delighted with their result earlier today which resulted in them qualifying to the Inter-zone final of the AFC Cup. They won 3-0 on aggregate. Bengaluru CF headed into today’s match with a 3-0 first leg advantage and their solid performance today ensured that April 25 SC had…

August 28, 2017
JFK: Where the little ones dream big

India is a nation of more than a billion people. Talent abounds in every corner of this country. However, due to the misconstrued mindset toward sport, where it’s viewed more as a hobby than a developmental exercise, playing isn’t given close to enough importance as it should be. There is also the issue of a…

August 23, 2017
Berbatov joins ISL

Berbatov at his prime for the Red Devils. Image via The Telegraph.  Dimitar Berbatov signs for ISL side, Kerela Blasters. Berbatov has signed a year long contract which sees him play for Kerala Blasters. The former Manchester and Tottenham player was a free agent before Kerela Blasters came knocking on his door. Kerela has been…

September 14, 2017
Tottenham 3 Borussia Dortmund 1: Harry Kane at the double as Spurs make Champions League statement

            Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside their Wembley curse and opened their Champions League group campaign with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in front after just four minutes when Harry Kane found Heung-min Son on the break, allowing the South Korean to charge…

September 13, 2017
Barcelona 3-0 Juventus: Messi glitz as barca see off juv

Lionel Messi ended his long barren run against Gianluigi Buffon and then left many wondering why it took him so long as he added another in show of strength from Barcelona. The Serie A champions beat Barca by the same scoreline in the quarter-finals last season before holding out for a second-leg stalemate at Camp…

September 12, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group H

Always leave the best for last and this year’s Group H is just that. The traditional ‘Group of Death’ features Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia. One can almost write off APOEL before the games have even started due to the ability of the other teams. The most famous team in Cyprus…

September 11, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group G

This Group promises to be one of the most entertaining groups of all. Even though one might say that none of them are elite clubs, they have a chance of qualifying. This is because all these teams are evenly matches. Besiktas, Leipzig, Porto and Monaco all are quite evenly matches. There are no favorites in…

September 11, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group E

Liverpool are back in the Champions League! A sight that would bring a smile to any open minded football fan. They have been dealt an interesting group. It features Liverpool, Sevilla, Nk Maribor and Spartak Moscow. On paper, it might seem straight forward for Liverpool and Sevilla to qualify, but Moscow and Maribor are not…

September 10, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: GROUP A

Well, there is only one favourite in this group and that is the high flying Man Utd Football club. While group A boasts the likes of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow too, based on current form, it is highly likely that United will win this group. Jose Mourinho’s men have been off to a flyer…

September 10, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group D

This Griup features Barcelona, Juventus, Olympiakos and Sporting CP. It features a rematch of the last year’s Quarter finals. It might seem to many that there are two battles going on here, one for top spot between Barcelona and Juventus and one for who gets into the Europa league between Sporting CP and Olympiakos. The…

September 9, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group C

If not for Group H, this could have been considered the group of death. Featuring Chelsea, Athletico Madrid, AS Roma and Qarabag FK. Qarabag are new to the Champions League and will be shown what level Champions League clubs play at after being drawn to such a group. They were founded in 1950 and currently…

September 9, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis: Group B

This group was always only going to be about two teams, Bayern Munich and PSG. All eyes are on PSG though(not only for FFP) as new signings Neymar and Mbappe will be seen playing together. Celtic and Anderlect are almost already competing for 3rd place even before the tournament has begun. Its not that they are very weak…

September 6, 2017
Champions League Group Analysis : GROUP F

Group F This group contains the likes of Shakhtar Donetsk, Man City, Napoli and Feynoord. Suprisingly, Shakhtar Donetsk are the club from pot one in this group. They currently sit atop the Ukrainian Premier League. They are not to be taken lightly and could pose a tricky challenge for Man City and Napoli especially when…

August 23, 2017
Champions League Qualifiers.

One of the greatest competitions that there is, is back and rearing to go. The Champions League is not only one of the greatest in Europe but also followed across the globe with much enthusiasm. EADF Writer Varun Purty gives us a detailed explanation on how the Champions League qualifiers work! THE Champions league is…

August 16, 2017
Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool : Red’s with a good start in the Champions League

By Masoom Kalra, For the first 35 minutes, Hoffenheim the European debutants delivered the type of high energy game to the reds, who could hardly have complained had Andrej Karamaric’s penalty handed the hosts the lead and not invited a simple Simon Mignloet save. Reds were surely struggling to create chances in the 1st half….

July 23, 2017
Blue Blood Contention

The esteemed trophy. (https://goo.gl/2xgTCX) The most prestigious club competition in Europe, the Champions League is followed across the globe with much zeal. It is accountable for pitting colossal teams of diverse leagues, and bringing world class players and stars of many nations to prove their mettle. Clubs which have tussled their way to the top…

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