Invincibles & Convincibles

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Booking under: Nicole

Being widely recognized as the most influential home-grown defenders in the Prem history so far, these three Englishmen have enjoyed great success in individual club career both domestically and in the European continent. However, much to the England fans’ disappointment, they struggled to bring the national team to the next level at major tournaments over the past years.

While 2018 FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, what qualities and attributes can our young England defenders such as Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire learn from the senior?

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van Nistelrooy vs. Henry: the Rivalry

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Booking under: Keith

Back in the early 2000s, Manchester United vs. Arsenal was the biggest club rivalry in the Premier League.

Perhaps fittingly, the rivalry between the clubs’ top strikers was also the league’s most high-profile player rivalry.

Ruud van Nistelrooy: the quintessential goalscorer. Thierry Henry: the ultimate goal creator. It’s a question that still lingers to this day: Who was the better player?

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The European Players League

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Booking under: Keith

The Champions League is back! While our teams (Manchester United and Chelsea) both battled to draws, Real Madrid secured a big 3:1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain while Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Manchester City all blew out their opponents. What an exciting knockout round!

The Premier League is doing well this year, with an unprecedented five EPL teams making it to the round of 16 for the first time ever. And while English stars like Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are fun to watch, almost all of the best players in the league are foreign – Eden Hazard, Mohammed Salah, David de Gea. How did the Prem become so flooded with non-English players?

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The Red Devils From Newton Heath

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Booking under: Nicole

Happy Chinese New Year! May the Year of the Dog be filled with joy, prosperity, and faith!

Red, the official color of CNY, is considered to bring good luck and fortune to everyone and ward off evil spirits. Red is also the home color of Manchester United. With Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League table stretched to 16 points, it is certainly a lot of work for Jose Mourinho’s side to close the gap (is it possible?) and recover from the defeat at Newcastle before clashing with Sevilla in the Champions League next week.

20 years ago, United won a treble of trophies in the 1998/99 campaign, marking their success in domestic and European history. Credit went to the players and of course, Sir Alex Ferguson and his tactical acumen too.

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Speed kills


Booking under: Keith

This week’s chapter resonates a lot with me. For those who know me, I’ve never been a big, bulky, or particularly tall person. My advantage on the football pitch comes from agility, developing an understanding of the game, and the subject of this chapter: speed.

As the rise of deep-lying playmakers sees an increase in playing through-balls to on-running forwards, two players sped up the Premier League’s evolution with their pace.

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Come On You Gunners!


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As a die hard Chelsea fan, I absolutely feel weird to write about my team’s London rival. Ever since Antonio Conte took command of Chelsea, we weren’t able to beat Arsenal in the last six head-to-head games. Will this situation persist with the Gunner’s record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or drastically change as Olivier Giroud arrived at Stamford Bridge? Definitely look forward to seeing the effects of merry-go-around of strikers in the winter transfer window.

Before that, let’s deep dive on the early success factors of the Gunners.

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Rise of the playmakers


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People often say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If that statement was to be applied to Premier League football, there’s surely no club or player more flattered than Manchester United and Eric Cantona (whom we discussed previously).

United’s success, fueled by Cantona, led many other clubs to emulate their formula: buy a foreign playmaker and build the squad around him. Shortly after King Eric was lighting up English football, several other teams in the league began signing similar stars to their teams. Here are two of the best:

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If You Are Mature Enough


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Millennials Premier League fans like Keith and myself would probably perceive Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool as the traditional Big 4. As the world of modern football evolves, the rise of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, and most recently Leicester City, who improbably lifted the Club’s first League title in 2015/16, have intensified the competitiveness and dynamics in the League like never before.

If you have been watching the League since its start, you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Kenny Dalglish‘s Blackburn Rovers in 1994/95 and Kevin Keegan‘s Newcastle United in 1995/96 were once at the top of the table and dominated the Legaue by acquiring famous players and adopting simple footballing approach.

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