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Dan Adu-Gyamfi

STORIES BY Dan Adu-Gyamfi

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Barcelona

/ 144 days ago

Yet again, financial dilemma influences Barcelona's summer spending

Barcelona's summer spending is questionable. That also applies to the fiasco from a season ago when Lionel Messi departed. Simultaneously, it came out that Barcelona sat over a billion dollars in debt. To be fair, it is always a challenge to juggle team building while constructing a competitive roster. Executives and coaches must bet on […]

Chelsea

/ 146 days ago

Raheem Sterling arrival at Chelsea marks beginning of new era

After a turbulent season, the acquisition of Raheem Sterling marks the beginning of a new era for Chelsea FC. Last summer, the Blues stood as the kings of Europe. The Champions League title from 2020/21 is just the second in the club's history. Like their opponents in that final, Manchester City, Chelsea relied on a […]

Arsenal

/ 163 days ago

Gabriel Jesus signing helps Mikel Arteta's aims at Arsenal

Arsenal is on the brink of signing their number one target in the transfer window. Renowned transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano announced a deal that brings Brazilian and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus to the Emirates. According to Romano, that fee hovers in the realm of $55 million. At Manchester City, Jesus was surplus to requirements […]

Cristiano Ronaldo

/ 189 days ago

Kylian Mbappé's road to being the greatest of all time

Kylian Mbappé's rapid start to his career could put him in the running for the greatest soccer player of all time. That topic is one that sparks debate among a certain set of players. Four men separate themselves from their peers in their respective eras. Pelé, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Mount […]
Shaun Botterill

Why possession is not the key factor in 2022 Champions League Final

Possession is something that each team takes into account when trying to reach the Champions League Final. Pep Guardiola's reimagining of total soccer pushed possession into becoming a dominant statistic. In fact, it is often the first thing on stat reports during postgame analysis. In the big five leagues of Europe, three of the five […]

France

/ 254 days ago

Christopher Nkunku's decision to leave PSG pays off for midfielder

The dilemma wonder kids face at major clubs is whether to stay and fight for a place in the first-team or go elsewhere to continue their development. Christopher Nkunku made his debut for Paris Saint-Germain on December 8, 2015, against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League. It was 24 days after his 18th birthday. […]

World Cup at stake in Ghana and Nigeria's Jollof Derby

In the final stages of CAF World Cup qualifying, Ghana and Nigeria play for a berth over two legs. Ghana, the heroes of the 2010 World Cup, hit rock bottom two months ago. In the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, they failed to win a game in the tournament. This is something the Black Stars […]

AFCON

/ 297 days ago

Sadio Mané's legacy among Africa's best solidified by AFCON

On February 6, Senegal won its first AFCON title by beating Egypt on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes. Among the storylines going in was the duel between Liverpool teammates Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. Many consider Salah the greatest African talent of the last five to 10 years. However, it his Anfield teammate takes […]
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Africa

/ 336 days ago

AFCON 2021 schedule: Africa's best battle for top honors

The AFCON 2021 schedule of games shape up to be yet another dramatic international tournament in one of the most diverse areas. Originally, CAF scheduled the tournament for the summer of 2021. However, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the tournament to early 2022. Regardless, the tournament still carries its importance (and the 2021 moniker). Soccer players […]
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Leagues: EPL

/ 343 days ago

Joao Cancelo's emergence as one of the world's best full-backs

Possession-based soccer remains the preferred style of play for many teams in Europe. Clubs look to play through the middle of the pitch to dominate the game. Therefore, the flanks emerged as a critical area for teams to exploit in order to create more chances. Nowadays, play-making ability is essential for full-backs. Manchester City’s Joao […]
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Arsenal

/ 352 days ago

Arsenal's youth project continues to produce results

Arsenal's youth project dominated headlines to start the season. An expensive, but young, batch of transfer acquisitions provided the Gunners the youngest squad in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta had the options at his disposal for natural development of players. The question remained as to how well they would fit in with the squad. Once […]

Africa

/ 386 days ago

Ghana's World Cup bid on hold amid goal controversy

Ghana's World Cup bid seemed more likely after advancing out of their group. A dramatic 1-0 victory over South Africa on the final matchday jumped Ghana to the top of the group. As it stands, Ghana advances to the playoff stages of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) World Cup qualification. However, South Africa has […]

Leagues: La Liga

/ 441 days ago

Vinicius Jr. poised for breakout season with Real Madrid

Real Madrid signed Vinicius Júnior in 2017 as a 16-year-old Brazilian starlet. Los Blancos mined South America for gems following their failure to land Neymar in 2013. The team from the Spanish capital waited for the Brazilian to turn 18 for him to come to the Santiago Bernabeu. Then, the club waited a little more. In his […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 442 days ago

Paul Pogba on track to set Premier League assist record

After five Premier League games, Paul Pogba sits on seven assists. Granted, he picked up four of those in the season-opening demolition of Leeds United. With the four services, Pogba tied the record for most assists in one Premier League game. But, excluding that historic performance, his three helpers in the other four games would […]

Leagues: Ligue Un

/ 449 days ago

Lionel Messi inching closer to yet another record

A historic hat-trick against Bolivia gave Lionel Messi the men’s record for most goals scored by a South American international with 79, passing Pele’s mark of 77. However, Messi’s focus is on another Brazilian legend’s achievement. The record Messi is now aiming for is that of most trophies in a career. Currently, Dani Alves holds […]

Barcelona

/ 452 days ago

Memphis Depay already under microscope at Barcelona

Memphis Depay arrived at Barcelona on a free transfer. Great value, especially considering the circumstances surrounding the club. FC Barcelona experienced the worst transfer window in the club's recent memory. Yet, much of that came out of necessity. Poor transfer windows and investments in years prior set the club back billions. Memphis Depay arrives […]

Leagues: La Liga

/ 462 days ago

Eduardo Camavinga, Real Madrid's new midfield gem

Eduardo Camavinga may not have been the French international Los Blancos set their sights on for the summer transfer window. Kylian Mbappé dominated the rumor mill, but Camavinga will enter the Santiago Bernabeu this season. Real Madrid purchased Camavinga from Stade Rennais for $47 million. Furthermore, this figure includes guaranteed add-ons. Beginning this season, the […]

Kylian Mbappe

/ 465 days ago

Kylian Mbappé’s ego may get in way of his greatness

Paris Saint-Germain are expected to compete for the elusive UEFA Champions League title with their new additions and their already talented roster. Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, center-back Sergio Ramos, goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma — who won Player of the Tournament at Euro 2020 — and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum arrived on free transfers. Right-back Achraf […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 468 days ago

Pep Guardiola seeking another untimely exit

Pep Guardiola owns a monumental resumé of achievements earned during his time at Manchester City. But, things are not happy go lucky at the Etihad, at least over the last couple of months and days. Guardiola made a statement on his future on the same day Harry Kane declared he would stay at Tottenham for […]

Chelsea

/ 468 days ago

Chelsea eyeing a coveted quintuple in 2021/22

No English club has achieved a quintuple of trophies in one season. Most recently, Chelsea reached the pinnacle of the sport with a Champions League triumph in 2020/21. However, despite not picking up a Premier League trophy last season, the Blues show no sign of slowing down. It has not always been a successful ride […]