The Modern-Day Example: Sergio Ramos, El Capitán

The past two seasons have been defined by Liverpool’s dominance, as they won the Champions League in 2019 and were on course to win the Premier League by a landslide this year. Their hegemony has resulted in world admiration for Dutch center-half Virgil Van Dijk, who has seemingly racked up all possible personal accolades for […]

The Maitland-Niles Conundrum: Why His Arsenal Future Rests in His Own Hands

The date is January 18th, 2020. Ainsley Maitland-Niles has just completed yet another mature 90 minutes for Arsenal at right-back, highlighting both his importance to and improvement under Mikel Arteta since his arrival at the helm in December. It was Maitland-Niles’ 5th Premier League start in a row with his new manager on the touchline. […]

Back to the Homeland? Player Spotlight: Leroy Sané

The Wonderkid Turned Superstar Ever since his Champions League performance against Real Madrid for boyhood club Schalke in 2015, Leroy Sané has seemed destined for the top. Since then, Sané moved to Manchester City in 2016, where manager Pep Guardiola has turned him into an excellent system left winger. In his last two full campaigns, […]

From Russia with Love: Alexsandr Golovin, The Next Russian Premier League Star?

In 2018, Russia hosted a memorable World Cup, partly because the host nation made an admirable run to the quarter-final. They lost to eventual runners-up Croatia on penalties, and made their fans fall back in love with the sport in the process. When you take a look at that 2018 squad, there aren’t many promising […]

Player Spotlight: PSG’s Unsung Hero, Idrissa Gana Gueye

The shortened 2019-20 season has left many of us wondering how domestic leagues and European cups would have finished. One of the “surprises” of this year was Paris Saint Germain’s ability to finally make it past the Champions League Round of 16. The prior three seasons had seen PSG suffer a monumental meltdown at the […]