What's the Importance of a Defender in Modern Football?
This is an article that I looked forward to writing as I am a defender in real-life. Let's get into the makings of a defender and why they're so important to modern football. This is the second most under-rated position in modern football.
The 4-4-2: A Legendary Formation Still Used Today
The simplicity of the 4-4-2 formation has undoubtedly became a household formation in English Football (Soccer) in the 1990s and 2000s. It was the standard formation for most clubs during that time, and it's still used today when playing conservatively. Let's see how it works.
The 3-5-2 Formation Makes a Comeback in World Football
With the initiation of an attacking minded 4-3-3 formation, many coaches see the 3-5-2 formation as a counter to teams using such formation. Let's see how this formation works in the Premier League setting.
Top 5 Surprise Football Teams of the Last Two Decades
As a football fan, I often watch games when my favourite team is not involved. In most of these cases, I root for the weaker team. In this article, I collected some of the most successful underdogs since I started following the sport.
Guide to the Malaysian Football League System
Following up on my last article on the English Football League system, which was rather difficult to write, here's my next article on Malaysia's Football League structure, which is a little closer to home. Take a look!
Why Is the Away Goals Rule Being Abolished in UEFA Club Competitions?
For nearly 60 years, the away goals rule has determined some huge victories and huge upsets in UEFA Club Competitions. However, as the landscape of football changes, so do the rules. Let's take a look at the away goals rule and why it is being abolished.
Why Are Midfielders So Important in Football (Soccer)?
In football (soccer), there are three important positions on the field; the defenders, midfielders and the forwards. All positions are important, however, midfielders have the ability to change the whole dynamic of the team. Let's see why midfielders are so important in football.
AFC Wimbledon: One of the Best Comeback Stories in Football
Comeback stories are some of the best moments as a football fan, no matter what club you support. Listening to another club's comeback story is really satisfying to hear. Let's read AFC Wimbledon's rise back to league football.
A Guide to English Football's Pyramids, Promotion, & Relegation
Confused by football? One of the selling points of football (soccer) is the promotion & relegation rule. It's the source of "Final day" dramas, success stories, happiness, and disappointments. Let's take a look at how deep the football pyramid goes in English football.
How Will the Europa Conference League Affect the Champions League and Europa League?
The Europa Conference League, a new addition to the existing European Club Football (Soccer) competition, will act as the third division of the UEFA competition behind the likes of the Champions League and Europa League.
The Best Football Books Ever Written
We look at some of the books written about football, which will truly enrich your understanding of the game and will help you develop a deeper appreciation for the game and its players. From autobiographies to tactical breakdowns, this list has a book for every kind of football fan.
23 Football Referee Signals With Images and Meanings
In this article, I will describe 23 football referee signals and provide images to illustrate them. Read on to learn how referees communicate with players, assistant referees, and other soccer match officials.
Comoros and Its 16-Year Sojourn to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
Admitted as a FIFA member in 2005, Comoros achieved its historic moment on Mar. 25, 2021, when it qualified for its first major tournament. In 2022, the Indian Ocean archipelago reached the Round of 16 in its first major tournament - the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 5 All Time Best Premier League Players
I’ve based my selections within this list on players’ abilities and the impacts they had on their teams whilst in the Premier League. That means the list isn’t purely based on the players' longevity or team accolades, but rather their personal contributions and the legacies they left.
Defenders Who Took Free Kicks in the English Premier League
Free kicks are normally the job of a midfielder or a striker. However, defenders have been recently stepping up against the wall to take direct free kicks and score. Here are some prolific defenders who took free kicks in the Premier League era.
Tactical Analysis of Liverpool FC's 4-3-3 Formation
Did you know that the secret to Liverpool FC's recent success in both the league and European competition relied on the 4-3-3 formation? Let's analyse the tactical usage of the 4-3-3 formation by this team.
Miracle at Darmstadt: Defying the Odds
After being spared relegation, SV Darmstadt 98 hoped to take advantage of its second chance. In doing so, the club won the hearts of neutrals as the club completed successive promotions and returned to the Bundesliga in 2015.
Survival at Darmstadt: Seeking the Footballing Formula
SV Darmstadt 98 achieved successive promotions in 2014 and 2015 to cap a remarkable turnaround. Relive the early rocky road that included a low point when the club nearly went bankrupt.
Five Greatest English Players Who Played for Manchester United FC
Old Trafford has seen countless English greats come and go. They will be etched in our memory for years to come.
Reliving the Finest Moments of Manchester United's 1998–99 Treble
May 26, 2020, marked the 21st anniversary of the historic treble when legends were forged and a living legend, Sir Alex Ferguson, was en route to becoming the greatest manager of all generations. Let us take a look at their incredible 10-day journey in May 1999.
Iceland's Fulfilled Soccer Sojourn: Albert's Descendants Arrive
After narrowly missing out on the 2014 World Cup, Iceland hoped to continue its ascent. What followed saw Iceland soar to new heights, including its historic achievement at Euro 2016.
Iceland's Soccer Sojourn: Humble Origins and Near Misses
In the 2010s, Iceland was one of football's biggest risers, having risen over 100 spots in five years. Relive Iceland's long struggle to get to prominence, including its worst ranking in 2012 before a near-miss at reaching the 2014 World Cup.
What Was Premier League Like in 2013?
The 2012-13 season marked the end of an era for the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United for the final campaign, crowning themselves as Champions of England for a record 20th time. But how was the rest of the league looking?
Where Was the Premier League a Decade Ago?
The new decade of the 2020s is upon us, so we thought we would look back at the first season of the previous decade to see just how far the game has come. We take a look back at the 2009/10 season down below, the first campaign to see in the 2010s.
The 2005 Champions League Final: How the Drama Unfolded
Arguably the most infamous football match of the last twenty years, Liverpool stunned the entire world with a scarcely believable comeback against European giants A.C. Milan in 2005. We take a look back at that unforgettable night in Istanbul and relieve the drama unfolding...
Finland's Drought-Breaking Qualification for Euro 2020
On its 33rd qualifying campaign across eight decades, Finland qualified for a major tournament, Euro 2020. Relive the nation's long journey that included a "golden generation" and its search for the manager who was a school teacher at one point.
Premier League Team of the Decade 2010–2019: Mid and Attack
In this article, we'll take a quick look back at the true giants of the footballing world who graced the pitch in the 2010s in the Premier League.
Premier League Team of the Decade 2010–2019: GK and Defence
In this article, we'll look back and reflect on the thrilling decade of the 2010s in football. United fell, City rose and a new team rules supreme in North London. It might look like very different, but who has excelled the most?
The 2018 Champions League Final: How the Drama Unfolded
One of the most intense finals in recent times, the 2018 Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool had it all. Goals, drama and tension for both sets of fans played out across ninety minutes as Zidane's Madrid side romped to their third consecutive European title.
The Most Underrated Striker Partnerships in the Premier League
Everyone remembers the likes of Rooney/Ronaldo and Shearer/Sutton. However, the Premier League has seen countless duos that haven't quite enjoyed the same longevity in people's memories. In this article, we pay homage to some of the most underrated Premier League strike partnerships.
Turkmenistan’s 14-Year Sojourn to the 2019 Asian Cup
Nearly 14 years after qualifying for the 2004 Asian Cup, Turkmenistan qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup. Revisit the Central Asian nation's rises and falls across the years since the 2004 Asian Cup.
How the Drama Unfolded at the 2012 Champions League Final
The 2012 Champions League Final was one of the most drama-filled and action-packed football matches of its generation, with most football fans still scratching their heads at how Chelsea were able to overcome Bayern Munich in their own ground. Read on to see how the drama unfolded.
Kyrgyzstan and Its Flight to History at the 2019 Asian Cup
The 2019 Asian Cup marked the first major tournament for the Central Asian Nation. Relive the journey from struggling within Central Asia to its historic qualification for the tournament.
Tanzania National Team: Football Journey of Historic Proportions
After Uganda's return to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2017, another east African nation returned to Africa's premier tournament after a 39-year absence. In 2019, Tanzania capped off its best campaign in nearly four decades. Relive Tanzania's historic journey to Egypt.
Madagascar's Epic Adventure to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Iceland stunned the footballing world with its quarterfinal appearance at Euro 2016 in its debut. Three years later, Madagascar emulated that feat in a more improbable fashion. Relive the journey that Madagascar undertook.
Mauritania's Expedition to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
Mauritania was one of three nations that debuted at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Relive the West African nation's journey that revitalized a nation after surviving three footballing droughts.