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Author Archives: Thariq Amir

Sir Matt Busby and Santiago Bernabéu – A tale of two icons

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Mention Real Madrid and Manchester United in the same sentence these days and invariably the conversation will shift to the transfer sagas involving David de Gea and Sergio Ramos. Currently, both clubs refuse to give an inch with respect to … Continue reading

The strange and curious case of French talent Yoann Gourcuff

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Yoann Gourcuff is France’s soccer enigma. On his day Gourcuff is a mesmerizing presence who makes the game of soccer look ridiculously easy. Elegant on the ball, creative with an uncanny ability to dictate the pace of a soccer match … Continue reading

The return of Clement Grenier could be a catalyst for the Ligue 1 title

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There was a point during Lyon’s match against Bastia at the Stade de Gerland where the crowd felt that things were not going to go the home side’s way. Nabil Fekir was having an underwhelming game, Alexandre Lacazette was becoming … Continue reading

Why Guingamp’s Jocelyn Gourvennec would be ideal Newcastle manager

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Predicting what Mike Ashley has got in store for Newcastle United is a dangerous game to play. During his reign, the Magpieshave seen Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and currently John Carver in … Continue reading

Scotland’s 19-year-old Real Madrid footballer Jack Harper at center of controversy

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It’s easy to feel a measure of sympathy for Jack Harper, the Spanish-born Scotland footballer currently on the books at Real Madrid.  Through no fault of his own, the 19-year has set off a debate in Scottish soccer that has seen the … Continue reading

West Brom to pay tribute to Jeff Astle on April 11

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The 11th of April boasts some intriguing Premier League fixtures but there’s one game where football will be part of a larger tribute. That fixture is at the Hawthorns and it sees West Bromwich Albion face Leicester City. The day and … Continue reading

The curious case of Rafael and his increasingly uncertain future at Manchester United

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“Rafael is one of the club’s brightest young prospects. He has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best fullbacks in the world”. Those were the words … Continue reading

An in-depth review of a stunning AFC 2015 Asian Cup tournament

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Going into the 2015 AFC Asian Cup there were a number of teams who had a point to prove. After a disappointing showing at the World Cup in Brazil the likes of Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia had an … Continue reading

Australia vs South Korea: AFC Asian Cup Final preview and prediction

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So after 30 games, 257 shots on target, 178 saves and 77 goals, we’re down to one final meaningful game in the AFC Asian Cup — Australia against South Korea (live on One World Sports and DishWorld at 4am ET/1am … Continue reading

Australia vs United Arab Emirates Asian Cup semi-final: Preview and prediction

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Australia and South Korea are the favorites to meet in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup final but Australia must dismiss the United Arab Emirates to book a place in the final against the Korea team that defeated Iraq 2-0 earlier on Monday. … Continue reading

Highlights of China PR vs Australia and South Korea vs Uzbekistan games [VIDEO]

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup witnessed a unique event. That’s right, for the first time since the tournament kicked off, there was a game that didn’t have a conclusive result after 90 minutes. South Korea versus Uzbekistan has the ‘honor’ … Continue reading

5 observations from stunning Iraq-Iran Asian Cup Quarter-Final match [VIDEO]

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The quarterfinal between Iraq versus Iran was never going to be a run-of-the-mill affair. Coming into the match, Iraq had only beaten their arch rivals once in their previous five AFC Asian Cup meetings losing the other four. Iran, on … Continue reading

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AFC Asian Cup Quarter-Finals preview and predictions

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The group stage of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup is over and there wasn’t a single draw at all. There have been 24 definitive results in 24 matches, which is quite remarkable. The knockouts have a lot to live up … Continue reading

5 observations from Japan’s 2-0 victory against Jordan at the AFC Asian Cup

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Japan have been efficient if not spectacular in their defense of the Asian Cup. They dealt with Palestine easily and eased past Iraq. Against Jordan the Japanese had a chance to finish Group D on top with a 100% record … Continue reading

Reviewing Games From AFC Asian Cup Group C

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This is a group that featured one dead rubber and a game that would determine who would finish on top. Iran eventually came up trumps against an impressive United Arab Emirates in a tense match. Indeed if the UAE were … Continue reading

2015 AFC Asian Cup Weekend Wrap-Up: Australia Feeling the Pressure

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The 2015 AFC Asian Cup has written itself in the history books. How so? Well after this weekend’s results, the tournament has seen 20 straight games with a winner. That’s right there have been no draws in this tournament thus … Continue reading

Catching Up On Latest Games Played in AFC Asian Cup Group C

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We’re starting to see the knock-out phase of the AFC Asian Cup take shape as two more teams qualified for the quarterfinals. Both the United Arab Emirates and Iran extended their stay in the competition at the expense of Bahrain … Continue reading

5 Observations From Jordan-Palestine Game in 2015 AFC Asian Cup

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Both Jordan and Palestine needed a result Friday morning to give themselves a chance of qualification for the knockout phase. Of the pair the Jordanians came in with pressure on their shoulders.  They had lost their previous six international matches … Continue reading