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Over the last 18 months, Chelsea’s unique transfer strategy has attracted a lot of headlines. They broke the British transfer record twice in just 195 days, first with the signing of Argentine World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for £106m, and then with the acquisition of Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo for over £115m the following transfer window. They've also received plenty of attention for their handing out...
The Premier League has hosted some wonderful attacking players over the years. From Thierry Henry terrorising full-backs on the left wing for Arsenal in the early 2000s to Sergio Aguero smashing in goals for Manchester City a decade later, a wide range of stars from all over the world have made their stamp on this competition. Debates will rage on forever about who the best striker in Premier League history is, with some people persuaded...
The Premier League's recent decision to dock 10 points from Everton in response to a breach of financial rules sent shockwaves across the world of English football. Toffees fans mounted fierce protests at home and away matches, and the hierarchy of the club announced their decision to mount an appeal process immediately. Away from Merseyside, many football fans have been questioning what the wider implications are, with one question on many...
Football would be nothing without fans. When the Covid-19 lockdown struck and stadiums suddenly became empty, the need for packed-out grounds and passionate supporters became clearer than ever, and when English fans of the so-called Big Six hit the streets to protest against the proposed plans for a European Super League in 2021, the power of these supporters was reinforced emphatically. Moments like this were all about fans being brought...
In soccer, there aren't many sights that are more impressive than a well-timed, perfectly-struck shot bursting the back of the net with power, precision and speed. Throughout the long history of association football, we've been blessed with some wonderfully gifted players capable of producing such strikes, whether it's at a dazzling World Cup semi-final under the floodlights, or a dramatic FA Cup third round giant killing on a wet, muddy...
When it was announced on 17th November 2023 that Premier League stalwarts Everton — who are an original member of the league and have been playing in the top flight of English football since the 1954/55 season — would be deducted 10 points due to financial rule breaches, it was a huge moment. Many people within the footballing world were surprised by the severity of the punishment, as very few teams in Premier League history have...
It's always an exciting moment when a bright young talent announces themselves on the world stage with a big performance in a crucial game or a string of top showings across a tournament. Even today, with wall-to-wall football coverage and many fans having a constant eye on emerging talent across the globe, the World Cup still regularly exposes us to new players, offering a platform for unknown (or at least little-known) quantities to make a...
Professional football has been transformed in the last thirty years. The level of wealth at the top of the game these days is staggering, with clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City spending hundreds of millions each year on signing new players, and TV broadcasting revenue and sponsorship deals boosting the bank accounts of Premier League owners , who are some of the wealthiest individuals on the planet. These changes have had some...
Over the years, a number of legendary goalkeepers have showcased their skills in the top division of English football, the Premier League. Clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea have benefited from having some of the best shot-stoppers of all time, while the players themselves have cultivated folkloric status amongst fans for their explosive dives, dramatic saves, and key moments of leadership. In this article, we'll be...
The immense storytelling power that football holds means that special goals have a knack of going down in history forever, gaining unforgettable status amongst soccer fanatics of all backgrounds. Whether it's Gareth Bale's extraordinary overhead kick in the Champions League final for Real Madrid or Diego Maradona's dizzyingly long, mazy dribble and finish against England at the World Cup in 1986, some goals stick long in the memory....
Football can be a source of serious debate. Something about the world's most popular sport makes it capable of producing heated arguments on everything from the best strikers of all time to the most decorated players in history or whether Lionel Messi is the greatest of all time . Regardless of all these disagreements, there's one thing that many football fans can agree on: the Premier League is the most competitive division in the...
Scoring a free kick in football is no mean feat. It takes time and effort to develop your striking technique, get your body positioning right, and beat the opposition defenders and goalkeeper. When fans watch top players step up to the ball and strike a successful free kick into the back of the net, they're seeing the final result of hours and hours of work. This dedication has been crucial to all the stars that have become known across...