The man we talk about today goes by the name of ‘Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite’ … or simply ‘Kaka’ to his mates. I know it seems crazy to think about, but there was once a time where Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t hold… Read More »When Kaka was a Ballon D’Or Winner in ’07
During the Messi & Ronaldo Era (2003-)
We don’t know how long we’re going to have Messi & Ronaldo … so let’s just rejoice in this incredible era for however long we can!
There are many players that are handed the label of ‘What could have been?’. Mario Balotelli, Adriano or Alexander Pato are prime examples of footballers who never quite hit the heights they were expected to. It is rare to find players in this world like… Read More »Ledley King: Spurs’ Great ‘What If’ Centre-Back (1999-2012)
I’ll always condemn the mistreatment of our game’s players, and though I can appreciate why certain fans were peeved off, this stuff was just uncalled for. Before the words ‘Sol Campbell’ became ensconced within the same sentence as ‘Judas’ – and other equally delightful terms… Read More »When Sol Campbell Became ‘Judas’ in ’01
Most fans will point to Lionel Messi as the natural heir to Diego Maradona. However, a select number of older fans will appreciate the genius of Juan Roman Riquelme. Riquelme was the quintessential No. 10 attacking midfielder, with playmaking ability, infinite passing range, and dribbling… Read More »How Great Was Juan Roman Riquelme?
Whether it’s for his jaw-dropping exploits in one of Celtic’s strongest sides or his dazzling displays for Japan, how could you not love Shunsuke Nakamura? I’ll always have a strong sense of nostalgia for anything and everything connected to the 2002 FIFA World Cup. As… Read More »Shunsuke Nakamura & His Special Spell as a Celtic Hero (2005-09)
Fans of the Premier League have been treated to an array of remarkable relegation escapes, but arguably the best of those was Fulham’s near impossible revival during the 2007/08 season, that saw the Cottagers defy all the odds to remain a staple in the Premier… Read More »Fulham’s Preposterous ‘Great Escape’ from Relegation in 2007/08
Sometimes, it pays to just do the ‘simple stuff’ well. And barely anyone did this better than the Spanish maestro himself. In an era where FC Barcelona evolved into one of the greatest outfits ever formed, it takes a lot for even someone like Xavi… Read More »Xavi: The Great Tiki-Taka Conductor of FC Barcelona (1998-2016)
Dimitri Payet, a creative mastermind that left defenders on the deck, fans off their seats and pundits in awe. Double decent! Among Dimitri Payet during his own period as a Premier League player, a number of players have provided breathtaking seasons since the league was formed… Read More »When Dimitri Payet was a West Ham Favourite in 2015
God, that’s pretty much a decade ago! But it was a simpler time, wasn’t it? Sitting back, witnessing a baby-faced Jack Wilshere teaching Barcelona how to play Tiki-Taka football. Glorious Scenes! I was scrolling through Twitter a few nights ago (as I have done every night since… Read More »Jack Wilshere’s Glorious Barcelona Show in 2011
It can certainly be a daunting task to be an Espanyol fan, mainly due to the fact they dwell in the same city as one of the most popular and prestigious teams on the planet in FC Barcelona, yet the ‘Periquitos’ have seen their fair… Read More »Raúl Tamudo: The Greatest Striker in the History of RCD Espanyol (1996-2010)