La Liga Preview, Part 1: Atletico Madrid's Most Dangerous Team
This upcoming season doesn't feel like an iteration of Atleti, but an entirely new sequence. Atleti can still win matches 1-0, but they can also score four goals if necessary. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale exists in the two states: recovering from a calf injury and on the verge of a pulled hamstring. He's somehow been somehow invisible at the biggest club in the world, but that's changed with Ronaldo leaving for Italy. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Cristiano Ronaldo
We often ask athletes that they build their lives around the game they play, because we feel that if they're not doing everything in their power to play well, we're somehow being robbed of their potential. Ronaldo is one of the few players who clears that ridiculous bar and he still occasionally catches flak, because he's doing it for selfish reasons. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Mauro Icardi
There are rare instances when a player develops an institutional bond with his club. Mauro Icardi appears to have one with Inter, having joined back in 2012 and stuck around through some lean years and now they're back on the upswing. Read more »
End-To-End-Stuff: Thomas Partey
Thomas Partey, coming off a great season, has arrived in Atleti's midfield. Now he has to arrive again, repeatedly, in order to keep hold of what he's got. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Paul Pogba
If the Pogba-Mourinho relationship is to be mended, Pogba must be the one who bends. He's well within his rights refuse, which is why cataclysm at United looks increasingly certain. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Lionel Messi
Barcelona has built a muscular team around Lionel Messi that aims to devastate rather than transcend. Now 31, it's about time to take the measure of thes arc his career has traveled, and where it's headed. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Manchester City 2, Arsenal 0
While Pep Guardiola's City works to find improvements from the smallest details, Arsenal's first match under Unai Emery showed the club plays best when attacking vertical instead of side to side out of the back. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Wolves 2, Everton 2
Everton and Wolves entered the season with tremendous optimism under new managers. Their 2-2 draw highlighted several key storylines to monitor this season. Read more »
Do Wolves And Fulham Signal The Future Of The Championship?
Both Fulham and Wolves are expected to not only survive relegation, but push into the mid-table and beyond - all with style. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 18-19 Premier League Season
Here are the 50 essential players and managers you need to know about entering the start of the 18-19 Premier League season. Read more »
How Will Foreign Managers Continue To Influence England?
The spine of the national team side came largely from the clubs of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Jose Mourinho, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp. Instead of England's players getting off the island, managers have come to the island to help England. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Mohamed Salah
Mo Salah had a breakthrough year. How are we to describe what he is coming out the other side of that? It calls out for a name, or at least a couple of adjectives. Read more »
Can Maurizio Sarri & Jorginho Replicate Their Napoli Magic At Chelsea?
Chelsea's season lies upon how much their 59-year-old manager is willing to struggle, learn and ultimately adapt without sacrificing his style. Read more »
The 2018 Edition Of What's Eating Jose Mourinho?
Jose Mourinho may be the same quality of manager as he was a decade ago. But the world that has changed, and all that's left is what he's described as a difficult season ahead. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: David De Gea
United's back line- good, but shaky; organized imperfectly- did us a favor last season in (accidentally) letting David de Gea cook with the club's league-best goals conceded tally standing as evidence of his brilliance. Read more »
How Will Pep Guardiola Raise The Bar On A Historic Campaign?
Based on his current form, this could not only be the year of Bernardo Silva, but a breakout season could also represent the future of Manchester City's attack under Pep Guardiola. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: N'Golo Kante
We tend to feel grateful toward athletes who redraw the game's parameters for us, help us appreciate what we previously couldn't. We sometimes call them geniuses: a title Kante would definitely reject, but might deserve. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Harry Kane
Harry Kane's relative isolation- his bone-deep nine-ness, if you will- allows him to affect matches in a peculiar way his more dynamic peers don't. He can arrive out of nowhere. Read more »
Andreas Pereira, Developing On Loan, And Preseason's Eternal Optimism
A player turns from prodigy to forgotten just as quickly. Except on Twitter, where we'll always have those brief moments to remind us of what a player could have been. Read more »