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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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Top 5 forwards to never win Ballon d’Or

Ferenc Puskas Puskas was the leading figure of the Mighty Magyars as they dominated the world of football in the 1950s, and are regarded amongst the greatest international sides of all time. Puskas was a prolific goalscorer for his national team as well as Budapest Honved for whom he scored at the rate of more than a goal per game. ...

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Top 5 midfielders to never win Ballon d’Or

Didi The Brazilian was the central figure for his national team at the 1958 World Cup triumph – Brazil’s first. The central midfielder possessed great stamina, vision, accurate passing and ball control – basically all the attributes that make a midfielder great. Didi used his skills to great advantage winning two World Cups and multiple club honours. He is also ...

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Top 5 defenders to never win a Ballon d’Or

Franco Baresi Baresi is considered to be the greatest defender to have played football. He had a 20-year storied career with AC Milan, during which he captained the side for 15 years and went on to win six league titles, three European Cups and two Intercontinental Cups. Priscinin, with his superb positioning and reading of the game was a joy ...

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Top 5 Premier League matches to look out for in August

Arsenal vs. Liverpool (14th August) The very first weekend of the 2015/16 Premier League season will feature a high voltage clash between two potential league title contenders. Arsene Wenger has so far followed his usual transfer policy and has made only one high profile signing in Granit Xhaka, while Jurgen Klopp has made full use of his first pre-season at ...

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The History of Manchester City F.C.

The year 2016 was a historic one for the four-time English champions Manchester City as they reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the very first time. The Sky Blues are now a global brand and according to Forbes they are the sixth most valuable football club in the world worth a whopping $1.92 billion. However, a decade ago, ...

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Top 5 Goalkeepers to never the Ballon d’Or

Gianluigi Buffon Through the course of his long and illustrious career Gianluigi Buffon has won many trophies for both club and country. The Juventus and Italian national team number 1 has won seven league titles and two Coppa Italias with the Old Lady, while his international career reached its apotheosis at the 2006 World Cup as he helped the side ...

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Top 5 Best women footballers to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or

Marta The Brazilian star is one of the greatest female footballers of all time. Pele himself has reported to have called her “Pele in skirts.” She holds records galore. With 15 strikes she is the record holder for most goals scored at FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments. She was a member of the Brazilian national teams that won the silver ...

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