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Arthur of Gremio is Ready for the Next Step: to Europe & Selecao

Arthur of Gremio is Ready for the Next Step: to Europe & Selecao

At some stage during its quest for Jogo Bonito, Brazil decided it needed insurance, (writes James Nalton). Once a nation famed for churning out an ...
Kai Havertz – The Leverkusen All-Rounder Being Compared to a German Legend

Kai Havertz – The Leverkusen All-Rounder Being Compared to a German Legend

The best young players learn to live with the lofty, often inaccurate comparisons which are made between themselves and former greats. But the very ...
Everton’s Youth & Transfer Policies Begin to Bear Fruit – Can They Reach The Next Level?

Everton’s Youth & Transfer Policies Begin to Bear Fruit – Can They Reach The Next Level?

The large Everton presence in England’s U20 World Cup winning side was no coincidence. Since the arrival of Steve Walsh as director of football, o ...
Are All Goals Created Equally? Expected Assists & Subjective Statistics

Are All Goals Created Equally? Expected Assists & Subjective Statistics

Gabriel Jesus taps in at the far post. Goal for Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne had crossed the ball in from the left; that’s an assist and a chan ...
Chess, Rugby and Football’s Other Outside Influences

Chess, Rugby and Football’s Other Outside Influences

Comparing football to chess feels like it lands somewhere between pretentious and tacky. It definitely requires the use of a drop cap at the start ...
Marek Hamsik – Napoli’s Loyal Servant is Redefining “Success”

Marek Hamsik – Napoli’s Loyal Servant is Redefining “Success”

Marek Hamsik has been at Napoli for almost ten years. By the time anyone reads this he’ll probably have been there for longer. Part of the #WFIFrid ...
Niklas Sule & Sebastian Rudy: Hoffenheim’s Bayern Bound Bundesliga Stars

Niklas Sule & Sebastian Rudy: Hoffenheim’s Bayern Bound Bundesliga Stars

Hoffenheim duo Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy are both Bayern Munich bound at the end of the season, but what will they offer Carlo Ancelotti’s side? ...
Alves, Guardiola, and Tite’s Brazil: The Long Road to Jogo Bonito II

Alves, Guardiola, and Tite’s Brazil: The Long Road to Jogo Bonito II

Dani Alves likes talking about Pep Guardiola. It’s no surprise really, given that the Catalan manager turned the Brazilian into one of the most acc ...
Fabinho: Right Back in the Middle

Fabinho: Right Back in the Middle

Fábio Henrique Tavares — more commonly known as Fabinho — has the defensive and attacking traits of a full back, but also the tactical discipline, tec ...
Call it Soccer: A history of football words

Call it Soccer: A history of football words

Part of the #WFIFriday series, written by @JDNalton. The word "soccer" originated in England, and was originally used to differentiate association ...
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