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Opinion: N’Golo Kante should win the 2018 Ballon d’Or

Source We are roughly four months away from the decision of world football’s most prestigious, individual award: The Ballon D’Or. The shortlist will feature yet again, the games most glitzy, flamboyant and characterful superstars; the showmen who play the leading role, in their teams attacking, blockbuster production. The favourite again appears to be Juventus new man, Cristiano Ronaldo, which would further boost ...

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Thierry Henry Quotes: Quotes on Thierry Henry

Those lucky enough to have a ticket to watch an Arsenal game or who are taking one of the popular stadium tours, can hardly fail to notice a statue outside the south-east corner of the Emirates of a footballer on his knees celebrating. It commemorates an Arsenal legend and the club’s all-time goal scorer, but this is not somebody from ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Stefan Kovacs

Stefan Kovacs began his playing career as a midfielder for Oradea in Romania and went on to play for several outfits in the country as well as Charleroi in Belgium. He also had a three-year stint with CFR Cluj, before he hanged his boots at the end of the 1952/53 season at Universatea Cluj. He wasn’t as gifted as his ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Moussa Dembele

There are a fair few Dembeles going around in top level football these days and the one Dembele ( Moussa Dembele ) that Celtic managed to acquire in the last summer transfer window is enthralling Celtic Park with his splendid displays. This Dembele is of Malian descent and has represented France at the youth levels. He spent eight years at ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Ousmane Dembele

In the 2016 summer transfer window Borussia Dortmund acquired the services of Ousmane Dembele after signing him on a five-year contract from French club Rennes. The youngster was much in demand and was also linked with a move to the English Premier League giants Liverpool, but the Black and Yellows were able to take him away to Germany. And the ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Samuel Umtiti

  Barcelona have acquired France international Samuel Umtiti for a €25 million transfer fee earlier this summer. The youngster has been a key figure for Lyon in their past few campaigns and if his performances at the Euro 2016 are any indication then Barcelona have secured a potential star in their ranks.  Playing style Umtiti is a well-rounded centre-back. He is ...

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Greatest European Championship Teams – II

France 2000 France were the world champions going into the European Championship in 2000, and it would be no exaggeration to say that they had got significantly stronger in the two intervening years. The midfield was at time impenetrable with three tacklers Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps and Emmanuel Petit negating any attacking move of the opposition well before it reached ...

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Greatest Underdog Stories – N’Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante’s story is a proper fairytale. The French footballer of the Malian decent is a typical example of a late bloomer. Early Years in France Five years prior to lifting the Premier League title, N’Golo Kante was playing for a small club in Paris suburbs in France’s eighth division. Kante was born and brought up in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, ...

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Top 5 Goals at Euro 2016 so far

The first round of the group games are over now. A total of 22 goals have been scored in the tournament so far. There haven’t been many matches with a goalfest, however, just 12 matches into the tournament, we already have some of the strong contenders for ‘Goal of the tournament’. Here’s our pick for the top five Euro 2016 ...

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1984 Euro – The legend of Michel Platini

In the 1983/84 Serie A campaign, Michel Platini had guided Juventus to the Serie A title with his 20 goals from 28 league appearances. He was also instrumental in helping the Old Lady to a triumphant campaign in the Cup Winners’ Cup. The Frenchman’s stupendous performances were enough to see him win his second successive Ballon d’Or, and as a ...

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