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A play-off final victory over Huddersfield last May sealed Nottingham Forest's return to the Premier League after a 23-year absence that proved painfully long for the City Ground faithful. It was a huge moment for Forest, a moment which ensured that manager Steve Cooper will forever enjoy legendary status at the east Midlands club. And since then, a huge amount of upheaval has taken place. The Reds made headlines during the summer of 2022...
During the reign of the Pozzo family, Watford FC has gained a reputation as a ruthless club that hires and fires coaches with greater regularity than almost anyone else. Since December 2013, 17 head coaches have taken the hot seat at Watford, a remarkable tally for a period of less than a decade. That being said, this period has seen several years of Premier League competition, as well as a historic run to the FA Cup final in 2019. So with so...
Wolverhampton Wanderers is a football club that's committed to doing things a little differently, whether that means the development of a world-beating eSports Division or the launching of an innovative club-affiliated record label . Ultimately, they operate on the basis that you need to be able to think outside the box if you want to compete with the best clubs in the Premier League on a budget that simply doesn't match up to the likes...
In recent years, Real Madrid have consistently shown their pedigree by blowing away the competition to win European football's biggest prize: the Champions League. Their latest victims were Frank Lampard's Chelsea, and regardless of whether or not they win the 2023 edition of the knockout tournament (next up, they face Manchester City ), their European record in recent years has been remarkable; they've won five of the last nine...
Many football fans have been shocked by Fulham's impressive performances during the 2023-23 Premier League season. After winning the Championship at a canter last season, they've fired their way into a genuine battle for European qualification, against the odds. It's almost unheard of for a newly-promoted side to make such an impact, particularly within the Premier League era, and Marco Silva and his players have gained themselves plenty of...
Vincent Kompany's start to life at Burnley has been remarkable. Despite undergoing an intense transitional period in which a number of key first team players have departed and been replaced by younger professionals, the Lancashire club have shot to the top of the Championship table whilst playing a scintillating brand of possession-oriented football. With the Championship title now in the bag, they'll find themselves ding at the top table of...
Manchester United's AON Training Complex has undergone some important renovation work in recent years, but the Red Devils' training ground still repeatedly comes under fire from critics, with many people frustrated by the fact that it doesn't match up to state-of-the-art new facilities like the Leicester City FC Training Centre . At the same time, United's home stadium has also faced criticism, with ex-player Gary Neville describing Old...
Lionel Messi's recent move to MLS side Inter Miami has provided a major boost for a national soccer league that's aiming to raise its profile and attract some of the biggest stars from across the world (while also producing its share of homegrown talent). Numerous teams have joined Major League Soccer over the past decade as part of an extensive expansion project. One of those new additions is FC Cincinatti. At the time of writing, FC...
It's been a period of upheaval for Tottenham Hotspur of late. In 2017, they moved out of their home ground White Hart Lane and into the brand-new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, saying goodbye to 118 years of history at the Lane. Those at the club hope the stadium move will fuel an upward trajectory on the pitch, although to date that hasn't materialised, with successive teams struggling to push forward, despite the efforts of elite coaches such...
Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta — the list of players that have graduated from Barcelona’s academy and gone on to become world class talents is seriously impressive. It’s no surprise that over the years, La Masia (the name of Barcelona’s youth facility) has gained a reputation for developing extreme technical ability in young players. Barcelona's relative struggles in recent years have arguably come...
As the amount of money at the top end of professional football continues to grow, it's becoming increasingly difficult for less wealthy English sides to mix it with the Premier League's strongest outfits. In recent seasons, numerous clubs have bounced around between the top flight and the Championship, consistently proving too strong for the second division, but not competitive enough in the Premier League. Perhaps the most archetypal "yo-yo"...
The success of England's men's and women's teams in recent years has been impressive. While Sarina Weigman's Lionesses brought home England's first trophy since 1966 last year, Gareth Southgate's team has also repeatedly sparked excitement amongst England fans of all ages and backgrounds, developing a newfound level of connection with the Three Lions' young, hungry, talented squad. A factor that played a huge part in fostering this atmosphere...