Marica’s agent Ioan Becali has described the Romanian free agent as ‘a really great striker who has already got experience in western European football’ and this may be true in a number of areas of his game but it does not appear to be in the key department of goal-scoring, an area that, say Giroud picks up an injury, Arsenal will struggle in.
The Full-Back. A frequently passed over position in terms of importance due to it not forming part of the central ‘spine’ of a team, some of the most influential and best players in world football have been left or right-backs. Continue reading
Watch the Dortmund fans incredible 3D banner as they show remarkable choreography within the Sud-West Tribune to correlate and produce this work of art.
Considered arrogant by some, labeled ‘the best teenager in the world’ by others, Paul Pogba, of Juventus Turin, certainly seems to have an incredible future with both club and country (France). Continue reading
The former Lens academy graduate has broken onto the first team scene this year at Real Madrid, possibly the most competitive club in the world to make a name at, and has shown maturity far beyond his mere 19 years this season. He produced an assured, man-of-the-match performance in his first ever appearance in the world’s biggest club fixture, El Classico, and looks set to enjoy a long relationship with Madrid if he continues to produce performances such as the one he produced only 2 weeks ago. Continue reading
Signed from Wigan on a free transfer this summer, Mohamed Diame has rapidly established himself as a key member of the West Ham squad with a match winning performance against Chelsea and several other good performances against other teams. He is fast becoming one of the bargains of the season and this has obviously generated interest from other, larger clubs. Continue reading
The signing of Balotelli in this year’s January transfer window represented much more than the return of an old fan of the club. It represented the completion of what is a conglomerate of the three hottest talents in Serie A at this time, all playing as one beautiful combination of devastating pace, panache, flair and power. Continue reading
Plucked from obscurity for the at the time seemingly excessive fee of £7 million, the former Genk 22 year-old has lit up the Premier League this season for Aston Villa and has been the only spark of light in a struggling team and these performances have seen him implanted firmly in the Belgium starting XI. Continue reading
Three years ago, Carl Jenkinson was playing non-league football for Welling United. Now he has been capped by England in the recent friendly against Sweden and until recently, with the return of Sagna from injury, held the Arsenal right-back spot as his own. A full-back that is good defensively, but also good in the attack, Jenkinson has the potential to remain in the England set-up for years to come. Continue reading
The publicity surrounding Udinese’s clearly superb scouting network has clearly grown since the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona for the princely sum of £23 million. This figure is all the more impressive when you consider that the Zebrette originally bought him for a pittance, a mere £100,000. The management and nous that they showed to turn him from a raw and inconsistent fledgling into one of the best wingers in the world sets an example to other clubs in the modern game. The recent return to Chile of Eduardo Vargas, supposedly one of South America’s top talents, is a depressing example of mismanagement. He joined Napoli for a large fee which definitely placed him under far more pressure than he was used to, and instead of simply loaning him back to South America straight away, he was left to sit on the bench, his first-team action hard to come by due to the burgeoning talents of Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi. Continue reading