Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Sancho and Reus Dominate the Derby

After the worst Video Assistant Referee decision in the history of football, Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus came to life to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 victory in the Riverderby.  It was a quick start for Borussia Dortmund, an early foul on Achraf Hakimi was turned into a brilliant set-piece by Marco Reus. Reus … Continue reading Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: Sancho and Reus Dominate the Derby

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Moulding Players into Specific Positions: A Case for Developing Confidence

At any level, there can sometimes be a mismatch that occurs between a player's preference for a position and their playing style. Don't get me wrong, as a youth coach, you should always play your players in the positions they want to play. Rotation is an equally important consideration. But sometimes there's a mismatch that … Continue reading Moulding Players into Specific Positions: A Case for Developing Confidence

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Manager of the Year

What would a football team be without their manager? Sometimes better off; but most often a team would be absolutely lost without their manager. A manager can often make or break a football club and the best in the world can make a team of average players look like superstars. These are The Mastermind‘s 2017 nominations … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Manager of the Year

The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Personality of the Year

When it comes to footballers, it isn't all about looks. A lot of what makes a footballer, manager or referee special, is their personality. It's their ability to make people laugh, their crazy hairstyles, strange outbursts and hilarious press conferences that keep us entertained for weeks. Although most let their play on the pitch do … Continue reading The Mastermind Award Nominees 2017: Football Personality of the Year

Borussia Dortmund Should Have Never Sacked Thomas Tuchel

I've been watching Borussia Dortmund since 2010. Back in those days, Dortmund was the best team in the Bundesliga. They immediately caught my attention for their exciting attacking play and verve. Every game was full of excitement and instantly, the Black and Yellows became my favourite club. Things haven't been as good as of late, … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund Should Have Never Sacked Thomas Tuchel

OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (20-1)

The final list of this year's compilation is finally here. Real Madrid rightfully have more players than anyone else while Juve and Barcelona aren't too far behind, but this year's final list also features the most controversial pick for number one ever. Enjoy! TOP 100 FOOTBALLERS 2016-17 20-1 20. Arjen Robben We all might have … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (20-1)

Predicting Germany’s Euro 2020 Squad

Following Germany's win at the UEFA Euro U-21 tournament in Poland and Deutschland's B+ squad taking home the 2017 Confederations Cup, the future certainly looks bright for Joachim Low's team. Youngsters and rising stars were on fire at both tournaments and were able to make a claim for the full national team at the tournament … Continue reading Predicting Germany’s Euro 2020 Squad

OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (40-21)

TOP 100 FOOTBALLERS 2016-17 40-21 40. David De Gea Although it wasn't his best season, David De Gea still did enough to earn the respect of his fellow professionals and earn a fourth PFA Team of the Year selection. Of his four TOTY selections, this was by far his weakest season, with Jose Mourinho even … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (40-21)

OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (60-41)

Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 60-41 60. Sadio Mane This season, Sadio Mane not only established himself as one of the world's best wingers, but also became Liverpool's key man in attack. Loaded with pace and power, Mane has been Liverpool’s star and standout player this season and when he wasn't in the team, Klopp’s system … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (60-41)

OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (80-61)

Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 80-61 80. Roberto Firmino Roberto Firmino has been desperately close to making this list so many seasons in a row and now has finally cracked our end of season Top 100 list for the first time! The Brazilian forward has been so consistently stellar for Liverpool this season, just providing Liverpool … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (80-61)