A Derby Day to Dictate the Title

In a clash of two teams recently bounced from the Champions League, this Manchester Derby is shaping up to be another classic. The implications for this iteration run deeper than simply which color Manchester will be for the remainder of the year, as the Citizens need a win to continue to challenge Liverpool’s ascendency to … Continue reading A Derby Day to Dictate the Title

Frenkie de Jong’s Move to PSG Has No Losers

As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. However, with the news breaking from Mike Verweij that Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong has agreed a 75 million euro move to French behemoths Paris Saint-Germain, it does appear that this might be a rare occurrence where there are no true losers. While … Continue reading Frenkie de Jong’s Move to PSG Has No Losers

The Tragedy of Thiago Alcantara

  In the 2011 Champions League Final, Barcelona eviscerated Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley Stadium. For the second time in three years and the third time time in six years, the Blaugrana reigned as champions of Europe. The starting XI for Barcelona in that game consisted of seven homegrown players, from Valdes at goalkeeper to … Continue reading The Tragedy of Thiago Alcantara

Abdelhak Nouri: A Tribute and a Warning

A year ago today, tragedy was averted at a small field in Austria. Dutch giants Ajax were playing a warm-up match against Werder Bremen and trailing 2-1 after 70 minutes. All of the sudden, Abdelhak Nouri, the gem of the famed Ajax Toekomst (their youth academy), fell to the pitch. At first it looked like … Continue reading Abdelhak Nouri: A Tribute and a Warning

Paulinho, the Midfielder Fabregas Wasn’t

In 2011, the prodigal son returned to Barcelona when Cesc Fabregas left his Arsenal captaincy to rejoin his boyhood club. Although the trio of Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets remained at their imperious best, the addition of the Spanish expat was met with much fanfare. However, his penchant to lose form in the second half of … Continue reading Paulinho, the Midfielder Fabregas Wasn’t