The curious case of Portuguese sensation Dani

Portuguese, devilishly handsome, full of himself and self-centred. A product of the Sporting Clube de Portugal academy, fond of a step-over or two and a footballer who made his name in the Premier League. There the comparisons end, for we are not talking about Cristiano Ronaldo. In 1996, some seven years before the multiple Ballon d’Or…

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Michail Antonio: from Tooting and Mitcham to West Ham star

Michail Antonio’s rise from non-league star to getting an England call-up interestingly mirrors that of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy. Both came from semi-professional football to eventually reach the promised land of Premier League and international football, albeit with setbacks and obstacles along the way. For Antonio, his story encapsulates the beauty of football: a…

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The polarisation of Craig Bellamy

Few players have split opinion amongst football fans as much as Craig Bellamy. The former Welsh international striker was the epitome of a Marmite footballer. Born and raised in a working-class area of Cardiff, Bellamy quickly showed his talent with a football at his feet. At just nine, he was signed up to the Bristol…

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The relentless, restless mind of Paolo Di Canio

They are there for all to see; the burning intensity of the glare, the endless cavern of passion, and the relentless desire that seems to give an advantage in any confrontation. They’re ever-present in the sublime, the ludicrous, and the controversial, and on show throughout a career that has encapsulated reruns of all three. If the eyes are indeed the window to the soul, Paolo…

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