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5 Ballon d’Or prospects in the Premier League

Paul Pogba In one of the biggest transfers of the close season Manchester United have acquired Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee believed to be around £89.3 million. Pogba has long revealed his ambition to one day become the best player in the world and with the talent he has there is no question that one ...

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Top 5 highly educated players of all time

Socrates The legendary Brazilian midfielder was renowned not just for his silky skills on the football pitch but also his philosophical musings about all that was happening around the world, and especially in his home country. The cerebral captain famously introduced a democratic system of decision making at his club Corinthians, where everyone from top players to the kit man ...

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The kidnapping of Barcelona star Quini

Football has become an absolute juggernaut now, with transfer fees having gone past the €100 million barrier. Transfers in the range of €30m-€40m have become commonplace and players live in a kind of bubble that it has become almost impossible for their fans to have any kind of interaction with them. However, not too long ago things were simpler. Even ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Marcello Lippi

 Marcello Lippi is a managerial legend of modern football. At the end of his playing career, during which the Italian operated as a defender and had over a decade-long spell with Sampdoria, he went into management and proved extremely successful. Tactics and Man-management Lippi is a tactically acute manager. His ability to plan for different kinds of opposition can be ...

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Football’s Rising Stars: Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Manchester United have a proud history of promoting players from their youth system to the first team. In fact that policy has been so successful that the 20-time English champions have always had a youth team player at least on their bench – if not the first team – since the 1930s. That is a fantastic return for any club ...

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Premier League 2016-2017: Top 5 managerial rivalries

Pep Guardiola – Jose Mourinho Two of the most acclaimed managers in modern football will renew their rivalry in the Premier League this season. The Manchester United boss will have an upper hand owing to his extensive working experience in English football, while Guardiola might take some time to settle in the fast-paced league. However, there can be no doubt ...

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The Best Ever XI of Ballon d’Or winners

Lev Yashin The Soviet goalkeeper remains the only custodian to have won the Ballon d’Or. He earned the nickname of Black Panther for his quick reflexes and reach. Yashin was a member of the inaugural European Championship winning Soviet Union side. Franz Beckenbauer The man credited with the invention of the libero position was the first ever defender to win ...

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