Frank Rijkaard: the reluctant one

Delving into the treasure troves of Dutch football’s history is an often emotive and enriching experience. Juxtaposed to the relative mediocrity of the present, the Netherlands’ footballing past showcases a talent pool that ought to be impossible for such a small nation. From the foreign forefathers of Jack Reynolds and Vic Buckingham came the drive…

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Diego Maradona: the disastrous Sevilla diaries

Ask any football follower about the greatest players to play the sport and Diego Maradona will gloriously be at the very top of most lists. A career that started and ended in his homeland of Argentina, Maradona’s path detoured at some of football’s most prestigious locations – Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell’s Old Boys and famously…

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The renaissance of Iago Aspas

Google Iago Aspas and you will find yourself presented predominantly with the words ‘Liverpool’ and ‘flop’. Google Iago Aspas and press space bar and you will be given the suggestion ‘Iago Aspas corner’. The fact that he is most well-known – at least in the UK – for the above is misleading. When the average…

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The near-misses and future hope of Uzbekistan

Ask a knowledgeable football expert about the powerhouses of Asian football and the answers would be familiar: Australia, South Korea, Iran and Japan. Uzbekistan may not be on that list, but its history and potential is just as compelling as any of the other Asian nations. Its’ domestic league has been fiercely contested by the…

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