Amadi Tidiane

Senegalese-American journalism student and scholar of political science and international relations. Strong passion for writing about and playing the beautiful game. Bilingual. Recovering Drogbaholic. Licensed youth coach. I call it football, fútbol and soccer.
Chelsea’s best starting XI of all-time
Chelsea’s best starting XI of all-time

Since Roman Abramovich bought the club in July of 2003, Chelsea have become a different club than they were in decades past, both in stature and in the eyes of global fans of the game.  With the exception of Manchester City’s likely progression over the next few years, Chelsea are rather unique in the Premier League.  Since the […]

Chelsea desperately needs a leader, and that leader must be Mourinho
Chelsea desperately needs a leader, and that leader must be Mourinho

José Mourinho is a fantastic coach. His record speaks for itself. He’s a winner. He’s won all over Europe, in many competitions, with several different teams. Everywhere he’s gone, titles and trophies have followed. His time managing in the Premier League has been no different. In his first spell as […]

It’s time for Chelsea to envision a defense without Branislav Ivanovic
It’s time for Chelsea to envision a defense without Branislav Ivanovic

Since joining Chelsea in January 2008, Branislav Ivanovic has shown a steady improvement in quality and understanding of his particular role – until this season. Originally signed for his versatility as a center and right back, the Serbian’s game has evolved to include an attacking prowess now deemed necessary for […]

Progress report for Chelsea’s first four games of the Premier League season
Progress report for Chelsea’s first four games of the Premier League season

To say that Chelsea have started slowly this season would be a rather generous understatement.  The reality is their first month has been poor, especially when held to the standard of the previous season’s impressive performances. Last year, Chelsea hit the ground running, winning all four opening matches and doing so with […]

Chelsea aren’t in crisis mode, but this season will be a tougher test than last
Chelsea aren’t in crisis mode, but this season will be a tougher test than last

There are losses and, then, there are losses.  Some hurt more than others.  Some happen in preseason and come with a certain luxury of avoidance and denial.  Others happen during the season and can demoralize or inspire fans.  As a Chelsea fan, I know that watching them lose to a major rival like Manchester City earlier […]

Marcos Senna and Raul shine in New York Cosmos win against Tampa Bay
Marcos Senna and Raul shine in New York Cosmos win against Tampa Bay

In a rebirth of the rivalry which defined the 1970s of North American professional soccer, the New York Cosmos played host to the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their NASL Spring Season home opener on Saturday night. Reintroduced to the league in 2013, the Cosmos are currently top of the NASL […]

FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final
FIFA announce date for 2022 World Cup Final

FIFA has disclosed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Winter, with the Final coming on December 18, which is also Qatar National Day. The reasoning for such an unprecedented move from the traditional Summer schedule to a Winter one is essentially focused on the climate in Qatar.  A […]

Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response
Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response

European soccer has a distasteful history of racism from inappropriate comments by high-profile officials, to public displays by fans, to on-field altercations between players.  Perhaps more glaring than the incidents themselves is how they no longer seem shocking.  A front page featuring prejudiced quotes and incidents of discriminatory behavior seem […]

FA’s threat of punishing Diego Costa reeks of inconsistency and bias
FA’s threat of punishing Diego Costa reeks of inconsistency and bias

In response to The FA retrospectively charging Diego Costa for violent conduct from the Chelsea-Liverpool League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, Costa has decided to contest the decision with the full backing of Chelsea Football Club. The charge is a result of the perceived intentional stamp by Costa on Liverpool’s Emre Can. Now, the ball […]

Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 17
Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 17

Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during the weekend of Gameweek 17 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here’s my team of the weekend: Goalkeeper Pantilimon – [Sunderland] – Costel Pantilimon, who signed for Sunderland from Manchester City on […]

Premier League Team of the Weekend From Gameweek 16
Premier League Team of the Weekend From Gameweek 16

Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during the weekend of gameweek 16 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here’s my team of the weekend: Goalkeeper De Gea – [Manchester United] – David De Gea put in a memorable performance […]

Premier League Team of the Weekend From Gameweek 15
Premier League Team of the Weekend From Gameweek 15

Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during the weekend Gameweek 15 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here’s my team of the weekend: Goalkeeper Alnwick – [Newcastle United] – Jak Alnwick, Newcastle’s 21 year-old backup keeper, probably never imagined he’d […]