Talented Tanguy Ndombele Characterises Lyon’s Recruitment Strategy

On the surface, it looked like Lyon were in for a tough season. They didn’t just lose Ligue 1 superstar Alexandre Lacazette, their goalscoring machine, to Arsenal, but they also lost all-round midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich. Those were the biggest names to go, but midfield stalwart Maxime Gonalons also moved on, this time […]

Geoffrey Kondogbia Makes Positive First Impression at Valencia

The phrase ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’ seems to have been invented for people like Geoffrey Kondogbia. He’s the type of player who will be making perfectly timed sliding tackles and completing roulette turns one minute before producing something like his bizarre pre-season own goal against Chelsea. That involved a 40-yard back-pass that looped […]

Why Always Mesut?

When Arsenal lose matches they should win, people tend to go big on a couple of things. The first is a lack of leaders, which is an interesting and potentially plausible theory, even if it’s very difficult to quantify for observers on the outside. The second is Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker is always one […]

Neymar Makes Bright Start on Debut in PSG’s 3-0 Win over Guingamp

Guingamp never seemed like the most likely location for Neymar’s Ligue 1 debut. The Stade du Roudourou, the home ground of En Avant de Guingamp, holds only a tick over 18,000 people, and though that number is far from a huge capacity, it’s actually quite impressive given that the commune of Guingamp encompasses a population […]

Luiz Gustavo Highlights His Importance to Marseille in the Club’s League Opener

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Ligue 1 at the moment. The French top-flight has added a number of impressive names to its ranks, most notably Brazilian superstar Neymar. Then there are coaching additions such as the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa and Premier League winner Claudio Ranieri, who have signed on with Lille and Nantes respectively. […]

Borja Valero Could be Key to Inter’s Success this Season

On the surface, Inter signing a 32-year-old might not seem like such a big deal. On the surface, the Nerazzurri are a physical side packed with plenty of young talent, which ranges all the way from Geoffrey Kondogbia to Roberto Gagliardini and Gabriel Barbosa. On the surface, the backing of Chinese owners Suning should allow […]

How Giovani Lo Celso Starting to Show his Playmaking Capabilities for PSG

Giovani Lo Celso is currently away in the USA. He’s doing his best to break into Paris Saint-Germain’s first-team, and as a young player with plenty of talent, he’s on his way to doing just that. He enjoyed a solid showing in PSG’s most recent friendly match, which was played against AS Roma, and the […]

3 Key Things: Why Monaco Playmaker Thomas Lemar is a Man in Demand

Thomas Lemar is hot property at the moment. The young Monaco man is linked with a host of clubs, most notably Arsenal, and there’s good reason for it. He is an excellent player, one with a whole lot of quality and variation to his game, and here, we’ll take a look at some of his […]

Jeremy Toljan Unstoppable as Germany Progress to U21 EURO Final

Jeremy Toljan may not be the biggest name in Germany’s Under-21 team, and given that he plays alongside guys like Max Meyer, Serge Gnabry and Max Arnold, that’s probably not too much of a surprise. When he starts to charge down the right-hand side from his fullback position, though, observers quickly start to take note. […]

A look at Liverpool Target Luan’s Performance Against Fluminense

Gremio cruised to a 2-0 win over Fluminense last week in the Brasileirao, and as is often the case in Brazilian football, there was plenty of transfer speculation surrounding the game. On Fluminense’s side of the fence, there was plenty of talk about Richarlison, who is the subject of intense interest from Palmeiras. Gremio, meanwhile, […]