Tag: chelsea

The wizardry of Gianfranco Zola

The thing with being an instantly likeable footballer is that it’s oddly linked with being consigned to relative obscurity. As a mercurially gifted playmaker, Gianfranco Zola dazzled fans wherever he played. He was a magician.…

José Mourinho: the Chelsea diaries

“IN FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, probably nobody will remember that I was Chelsea manager, and it becomes absolutely normal, just because I left a couple of years ago.” It would be fair…

Gianluca Vialli: the Chelsea diaries

When Gianluca Vialli arrived at Chelsea, he was one of the game’s best strikers. He would show that and more during a stint in London on and off the pitch

In defence of Diego Costa, the master of war

Illustration by Federico Manasse. View more of his great work here “YOU EITHER DIE A HERO or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” Harvey Dent’s renowned one-liner from…

Claude Makélélé and the importance of knowing your role

Both overrated and underrated, Claude Makélélé’s public perception changes with each passing year. Perhaps it’s the idea that we’ve already seen his upgrade in the form of the high-speed blur that is…

Michael Essien: the most complete Ghanaian export of all

Illustration by Federico Manasse The goals, the power, the engine; all done with that unmistakable beaming smile on his face for club and country. Few players are eulogised about fondly across supporter partisanships,…