February 2017

From the Touchline

The Perils of Being Up a Man

It must feel wonderful as a manager to not have to worry about tactics. At least, that is what many people assume happens when a team goes up a man. When a player is sent…


Are Liverpool a one Mané team?

It’s a familiar refrain heard in football conversations around the world – ‘you’re just a one-man team!’ Ironically football is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball made…

Euro Roundup

Euro Roundup

As the English Premier League stepped aside to allow the magic of the FA Cup its rightful attention, the top European leagues didn’t hang around. Juventus took a seven point lead over nearest challengers Roma…

Athletic Bilbao

The man they called “El Chopo”

José Ángel Iribar Cortajarena, nicknamed El Chopo, or “The Poplar” was born 1 March 1943 and is a Spanish retired football goalkeeper and manager. Having played almost exclusively for Athletic Bilbao, he appeared in more…

Andres Ecobar

Andres Escobar and the life lost to an own goal

Andres Escobar was a centre back for Altetico Nacional and Colombia. A player with 51 caps for his country and 222 appearances for his club, he was an accomplished defender who had been offered a…

Ngolo Kante Chelsea

General Kante

‘I was at the Chelsea training ground last week to see Eden Hazard and noticed N’Golo Kante wandering back to the changing rooms. So I went over to him and stood in front of him….

The Euro Roundup

The English Premier League reached an extremely interesting stage as several teams picked up vital wins, but how did their European counterparts fare? Barcelona now find themselves just a point off Real Madrid at the…

Freddy Adu

Much Adu about nothing?

Back in 2004 there was a lot of noise from America, as D.C. United had signed an unknown 14-year-old in the MLS Super Draft. Fast forward three months and the same young player made his…