Spotlight: Nadia Nadim

Nadia Nadim will join Manchester City Women's team this coming January from Portland Thorns in the United States but there's a lot more to the striker than just her on field abilities.  To understand why the move is so special for not only the player and club, but football as a whole, you need to understand Nadia's road to Manchester up until this point.

Better BATE Than Never

The final day of the Belarusian Premier League proved to be one of many twists and turns. Going into today BATE Borisov had a two point advantage over Dinamo Minsk and Shaktar Soligorsk. Borisov were aiming to win the league title for an incredible twelfth time in a row. Shaktar Soligorsk were the last team to win the title in 2005 before the BATE Borisov eleven year stranglehold at the helm started. While Dinamo Minsk were looking to win their first title since 2004. It was all to play for in the last game of the season.

Ireland v Denmark: A Pre-Review

In anticipation of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying decider with Denmark at the Aviva tonight, there is plenty of talk as to how the match will turn out and who will be packing their bags to head to Russia next year. Instead of writing the usual preview and giving our prediction, we thought we'd do something different and give our best prediction in the form of the match report we'd more than likely be writing this time tomorrow when the dust settles. 

The Mercurial Spaniard: Guti

The Galacticos era in the spanish capital was one of many highs and lows. Real Madrid  prided themselves on attracting the very best big name superstars in world football. Luis Figo, Ronaldo, and Zinedine Zidane were just some of the big money transfers in the early 2000’s. While Galacticos came and went, there was one unsung hero that remained throughout. Guti was the very emblem of continuity in an era of rampant change and high expectation. Simply put, it wasn’t good enough to win every game, Real Madrid were expected to win every game in style.

The Fall and Rise of Venezia FC

Inzaghi. One surname, two brothers. When you mention the name Inzaghi the footballer only one name comes to mind and it that of the eldest, Milan’s legendary hitman Pippo. Whilst Simone has a successful career predominantly with Lazio, it was Filippo who rose to the top as a player becoming one of the most prolific goalscorers ever. However, mention Inzaghi in management circles and it’s Simone who springs to mind.

Grande Torino : When II Toro Ruled Italy

In the aftermath of the tragedy Torino were awarded the title. The club decided to field their youth team in the remaining games, a gesture which was reciprocated by their fellow Serie A clubs as a mark of respect. They beat Genoa 4-0 in the first game after the disaster, ensuring they won the title on their own terms. The year 1949 marked the last of the great days for the club for decades to come.

Little Bird

Manuel Francisco dos Santos is regarded by many to be one of the greatest players ever to wear the famous yellow jersey of the Brazilian national team. Playing most often down the right wing or in the forward position he is often cited as one of the best dribblers ever to grace the beautiful game. If the name sounds unfamiliar, perhaps his nickname might ring a bell. Known in Portuguese as "Little Bird" - Garrincha.

Super Kaká

Believe it or not, there was a time when the football planet wasn’t ruled by Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. This may come as a shock to many modern football fans. Before Messi and Ronaldo, there was Kaká. The Brazilian superstar was simply unplayable during the mid-to-late 2000’s. A World Cup winner, Champions League winner, Serie A winner, La Liga winner, and Ballon d’Or winner he may be but I can’t help but feel the Brazilian playmaker didn’t fulfill his true potential. He may have lacked the longevity of Messi and Ronaldo to catapult himself into the conversation as one of the best players of all time, but Kaká at his best was as captivating and engrossing as any footballer to play the game.