35 things to look out for in the new Premier League season

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech Mo Salah might be the Arab world’s biggest footballing star, but Hakim Ziyech of Ajax and Morocco is right up there in terms of performance. In the 90 league games he’s played so far for Ajax he’s recorded 39 assists and scored 32 goals, which for a midfielder is a phenomenal return.…

Pep Guardiola – Football’s Most Stylish Manager

  The new season has just started and already Man City manager Pep Guardiola has taken a significant lead as the most stylish manager in the Premier League. The V-neck with shirt and tie has long been one of his looks, but this more casual approach with trainers and a polo under a V-neck is…

40 Things For The New Football Season

1) More Friday night Premier League games  There were 12 throughout last season and it’s expected that there will be more this year. The season starts for the first time on a Friday with the Arsenal v Leicester match and with Monday night games still numerous it’s going to be more common than ever to…

Zinedine Zidane: What I’ve Learned

I have an affinity with the Arabic world. I have it in my blood, via my parents. I’m very proud of being French, but also very proud of having these roots and this diversity. Diversity is a great advantage for any family. Children who have parents of different nationalities speak different languages and learn from different cultures.…

Messi: The best of all time?

So when can we say he’s the best player of all time? How about now? There was a moment in April 2007, amid the ongoing debate over how close Messi was to the playing level of Maradona, when something brilliant happened. In a Copa del Rey game against Getafe, the famously non-communicative Messi scored a…

12 Things We Learned From the World Cup

1. England’s diminished expectations There’s a line that John Cleese says in the film Clockwise that’s long been applicable to the way England fans have felt about the team at international tournaments: “It’s not the despair. I can stand the despair. It’s the hope!” Well, going into this World Cup the hopes and expectations for…

Backing Black

Do referees favour bigger clubs? Patrick Vieira, who is on the Manchester City staff, thinks officials are biased in favour of certain big Premiership teams. He recently stated that, “When [Man] United play at home they get some advantages that other teams don’t get.” His comments came after Fulham were controversially denied what appeared to…