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Soccer Reflecting Life: How Samuel Eto'o Defined His Era

by Yu Miyagawa

Sep 20, 2019 9:25 PM

With his journey, there may be no footballer who better represented what it meant to be shaped by the game, by how the game could move, by what it could give and take away. Eto'o may not have been the defining player of his era, but no player experienced the era more deeply. Read more »

Tags: Barcelona, Chelsea, Internazionale

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Frank Lampard Searches For Character, Know-How In Youth

by Yu Miyagawa

Aug 23, 2019 10:06 PM

Even without challenging for a title, Frank Lampard could do everything right - he could be a good manager with an ability to develop young players - and still fail to get results due to the circumstances he inherited. Read more »

Tags: Chelsea

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2019 Premier League Opening Weekend Diary

by Yu Miyagawa

Aug 13, 2019 4:44 PM

Overreactions define the opening weekend in any sport, but we still check in on Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Manchester United. Read more »

Tags: Brighton & Hove Albion, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Sheffield United, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers

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The Essential 50 Of The 19-20 Premier League Season

by Yu Miyagawa

The following is a list of the 50 essential players and managers who will define the 2019-20 Premier League season. Read more »
Jose Mourinho Explains The World

by Yu Miyagawa

Somehow, 2019 represents a vital time for the perception of Jose Mourinho in how he'll be remembered within soccer history. He is undoubtedly an era defining manager, but he's recently left himself vulnerable to revisionist criticism due to his inability to evolve. Read more »
Eden Hazard To Real Madrid: A Transfer 20 Years In The Making

by Yu Miyagawa

With Eden Hazard's idolization of of both club and Zinedine Zidane, the move was cultivated over the decades. Read more »
Pragmatism In A Changing Serie A: The Legacy Of Max Allegri

by Yu Miyagawa

The most interesting aspect of Max Allegri's success is that it came with no defined, built-in style or catchphrase, no tiki-taka or gegenpressing branding or philosophy easily consumed by audiences. Read more »
Transfer Bans & Rows: Sarri Navigates Another Chelsea Week At Chelsea

by Yu Miyagawa

The mentality and pestilence brought on by instability looks to set Chelsea into a culture of short booms like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte initially experienced, followed by an inevitable decline regardless of the manager. Read more »
Premier League Match Report: City 6, Chelsea 0

by Yu Miyagawa

How does Maurizio Sarri recover from this? It was the heaviest defeat for Chelsea in 28 years and they looked lost as a team. Read more »
Tactics, Mentality, Cooperative Football: Maurizio Sarri Hits A Wall

by Yu Miyagawa

Maurizio Sarri, perhaps too successful too early in the season, is a victim of his own success and expectations. Read more »
How Cesc Fabregas Revolutionized The Premier League Midfielder

by Yu Miyagawa

The beginning of Cesc Fabregas' career coincided with an era where the footballing world was obsessed with replicating Spain's passing model. Read more »
Diego Costa's Rage Against The Dying, Anti-Hero Light

by Yu Miyagawa

When it comes to Diego Costa, that anger and madness are an integral part of what makes him an essential player. Read more »
Zlatan, Drogba & Rooney Complete Their Soccer Story In America

by Yu Miyagawa

Drogba, Ibrahimovic and Rooney recontextualized the move in terms of those viral moments that only superstars can create, those plays that define seasons, teams and eras that burn in supporters' minds long after they've gone. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1

by Yu Miyagawa

Klopp revealed the joy of his locker room in stealing a point. Sarri, on the other hand, admits Chelsea are much closer to Liverpool and Manchester City than he imagined. Read more »
Premier League Match Abstract: Chelsea 3, Arsenal 2

by Yu Miyagawa

As managers new to England quickly discover, Maurizio Sarri will need to figure out his defending off scrambles and second balls to prevent what he described as a "horrible" 15 minutes in which Arsenal evened the score in the first half. Read more »
The Essential 50 Of The 18-19 Premier League Season

by Yu Miyagawa

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?

by Yu Miyagawa

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

by Colin McGowan

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?

by Yu Miyagawa

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 »
End-To-End Stuff: N'Golo Kante

by Colin McGowan

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 »

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