Sebastian Giovinco and the Conundrum of the Backwater League

In August 2015, Sebastian Giovinco and Andrea Pirlo were called up to the Italian national team for their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Malta and Bulgaria the following month. They were set to become Italy’s first representatives from the MLS in North America. While Giovinco was subsequently injured and only Pirlo could play, the forward was finally granted his bow against Azerbaijan and Norway in November. … Continue reading Sebastian Giovinco and the Conundrum of the Backwater League

Manchester United’s Odd Man Out

When Mourinho came to town in May, Manchester United had just won the FA Cup courtesy of Jesse Lingard. As possibly the least talented of a crop of youngsters that were given sustained opportunities during Louis Van Gaal’s last few months, his contribution was supposed to be forgotten to time. Theoretically, Lingard is in the worst possible situation, considering Jose Mourinho’s track record with youth. … Continue reading Manchester United’s Odd Man Out

The Unmistakable Genius of Pep Guardiola

As featured on the Huffington Post One of the Ignorant Fan’s many musings. Pep Guardiola is truly the genius the Premier League has been missing. But we’ve known that for a while, haven’t we? He first came to prominence as the little known manager who managed to change the landscape of the Champions League in 2009. Before him, it was practically an all-English affair. After all, … Continue reading The Unmistakable Genius of Pep Guardiola

The Future of Football

When Manchester United’s friendly against their city rivals in Beijing was cancelled last month, the critics claimed that it was karma for placing their off-field branding over their on-field training. Never mind that these international pre-season tours are so saturated that even Leicester City are participating in them, this one isolated incident clearly proved that global expansion was hurting English clubs. Whether you agree with … Continue reading The Future of Football

Italy’s Last Age of Superfluous Spending

All Euro values are from Transfermarkt. Transfer expenditures are described via seasons, i.e. 1998/99, because the transfer window was only universally introduced in the 2002/03 season. Before that, transfers were conducted year round. Things have changed a bit since @Crespo moved for £35.5m in 2000… @Sport360 pic.twitter.com/TdSn1CuodY — Mark Lomas (@marklomasSport) August 10, 2016 Even by the exuberant standards of the Premier League, England has … Continue reading Italy’s Last Age of Superfluous Spending

Tales from the Top Flight, by Chris Darwen

Darwen, an Englishman by birth, moved down to the south coast of Spain on a whim, after taking on local team CD Torrevieja on Football Manager. This excitement for life and overwhelming passion for football is evident in his new book, Tales from the Top Flight (TFTTF). The book is a compilation of satirical articles he wrote about the 2015/16 English Premier League season for … Continue reading Tales from the Top Flight, by Chris Darwen

Pre-Season Ponderings: Swansea City to West Ham United

As featured on the Huffington Post One of the Ignorant Fan’s many musings Praise be the gods, club football is almost back! After enduring a summer that was somehow both packed with football and had nothing interesting to watch at the same time, we get to look forward to the excitement of the Premier League! I mean if Leicester City – the greatest underdog story … Continue reading Pre-Season Ponderings: Swansea City to West Ham United