How different are matchday experiences across Europe?

From getting black-out drunk and starting fights to sitting back and consuming sunflower seeds and a half-time sandwich, the matchday experience across footballing Europe is polarising. Allow me to take my broadest brush and paint a picture of the countries I have visited so far.

Five years later: The biggest goal in Real Madrid history

The day is May 24th, 2014, and time is running out for Real Madrid at the Estádio da Luz. Local rivals Atlético Madrid are about to pull off an incredible stunt. Real’s European curse seems to have struck again. Their elusive 10th Champions League, ‘La Décima’, which the club has been obsessively chasing for 12…

Adama Traoré, a unicorn in football

The unbelievable combination of speed, strength and take-on ability make him one of the most fun players to watch in football, but his lack of end-product makes him equally as frustrating to watch; Adama Traoré is one of a kind.

Life after Ronaldo: What’s next for Real Madrid?

The Di Stéfano era, the yé-yé team, the ‘Quinta del Buitre’, the Galácticos, and now the Cristiano Ronaldo-era has come to an end at Real Madrid; how do you replace the ultimate goal machine?

The Arsenal re-build: Midfield & attack recruitment

We’ve done the backline, we’ve discussed the tactics, and now it’s time to look at what Arsenal need in midfield and attack to make a push for the Champions League places again. Legs in midfield Granit Xhaka is an excellent passer and controller of tempo, but the Swiss international is very slow, which has caught him…

The Arsenal re-build: Backline recruitment

We’ve talked some tactics in my last post, and now it’s time to make some tough executive decisions – what positions need strengthening and who needs replacing? Unai Emery has been appointed as Arsenal’s new manager since my latest post, which has somewhat changed the way that I’ve approached this article. Still, the fundamental changes…

The Arsenal re-build: Tactics

Wenger is out so Arsenal Fan TV are happy again, and now it’s time for the Gunners to build the team around the best chance creator in the world; Mesut Özil. For me, it’s quite obvious. Özil has been a dividing figure since he signed from Real Madrid on deadline day in the summer of 2013, but…