Golazo Merchants: John Arne Riise and a thunderous left foot

Red Arse is a game that has become popularised among football fans all over, a version of the traditional heads and volleys in which the unfortunate loser allows the victors to take aim and strike footballs at his or her – occasionally bare – backside. There can be an overwhelming fear brought on by the … Read more

Iconic Duos: The prototypes of the modern full back, Cafu and Roberto Carlos

It’s said that good things come in threes. Whilst that may occasionally be true, in the world of football it is often twos that leave the most lasting of memories. Successful football sides are frequently hailed as winning machines with glory coming as a collective, but it is the vital cogs working coherently within said … Read more

Noughties Nines: The irrepressible, David ‘El Guaje’ Villa

Spain’s reign at the summit of international football was both revolution and redemption. For decades one of Europe’s finest footballing nations had flattered to deceive, failing to turn talented components into a team capable of challenging for major trophies. La Roja’s drought-breaking success at Euro 2008 was followed with wins in each of the following … Read more

Golazo Merchants: Chelsea’s beast of a striker, Didier Drogba

The history of Chelsea football club was forever changed following the takeover of Roman Abramovich almost two decades ago, the Russian’s decision to take ownership of the west London side catapulting the club into the elite of European football. Abramovich’s billionaire backing saw a whole host of marquee names arrive at Stamford Bridge, but perhaps … Read more

Iconic Duos: The Fantasista and The Predator, Del Piero & Inzaghi

Football’s finest partnerships are often a recipe of several ingredients. The first, and most crucial, is that the two talents compliment each other’s game perfectly. The perfect partnership can be a combination of two elite talents, whose outrageous individual ability mean the duo often operate on the same frequency. Alternatively, it can be two footballers … Read more

Golazo Merchants: Thunder thighed hitman, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Modern football is full of players difficult to define to one specific position or role, an era in which defensive strikers and overlapping centre-backs are real positions, concepts which would have been laughed at in the not too distant past. In an ever-changing world of tactics and ideas, it is perhaps nice to reflect back … Read more

Noughties Nines: Samuel Eto’o – The clinical Cameroonian who conquered Europe

Since the turn of the century, European football has been home to some truly great goalscorers. Few of those, however, can match the achievements of Samuel Eto’o. The argument as to who is Africa’s greatest ever footballer is one that can be debated long into the night, but there are not many who have as … Read more

Midfield Magicians: A bona fide winner who simply oozed class, Clarence Seedorf

The very best midfielders in world football must have multiple strings to their bow, capable of influencing proceedings at both ends of the pitch and handling the responsibility of being the conductor of passages of play. Clarence Seedorf was one such player seemingly capable of it all, handed any task in the engine room of … Read more

Midfield Magicians: The under-rated metronome, Michael Carrick

Sir Alex Ferguson possesses one of football’s greatest minds, with the manager’s mistakes few and far between during a record-breaking career at Manchester United. His legend is one that saw him create and construct great sides over different eras, finding a way to rebuild and reinvent as he sought to maintain the Red Devils’ place … Read more

90s Hitmen: A Brazilian finisher supreme, Sonny Anderson

The greatest era in the history of Olympique Lyonnais came in the first decade of the new millennium, a period of unprecedented domestic dominance in France. Lyon’s sustained success as French football’s superpower was built on a wealth of talent who passed through in the club’s colours, with arguably the catalyst for their success having … Read more

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