Author: Julian Delicata

An avid Liverpool fan, I graduated as a medical doctor in 2014 from the University of Malta. Currently in my second year as a junior doctor, I'm currently pursuing and studying for a career in General Medicine. In the stressful world of medicine, it's in writing articles where I find my relaxation. Twitter account: @delicata_julian

Nacho proves diabetes is no obstacle for World Cup greatness

It is the demanding environment of a World Cup tournament and a professional footballer’s life that makes Spanish defender Nacho’s story so impressive and heart-warming, especially on the back of the 28 year-old’s performance during his nation’s first game in the World Cup. Having already been on the books of Real Madrid for two years, a 12 year-old Nacho was taken to see a doctor by his concerned mother who noticed that her son was becoming increasingly thirsty and passing lots of urine. Nacho’s blood glucose level was noted to be sky high and he was soon given the dreadful ... Read more

Dubravka proves winter bargain for Newcastle United

Over $600 million dollars were spent by English Premier League clubs during the winter transfer window. Signing players in January has always proven to be tricky. Even more true in an era of ridiculous transfer fees. The risks of deals during this period are well known! Andres D’Alessandro was the catalyst for Harry Redknapp and Portsmouth’s remarkable survival in 2006. D’Allessandro became an inspiring deadline day signing. Afonso Alves, however, flopped pretty badly after signing for Middlesbrough 24 months later. For every Luis Suarez, there’s an Andy Carroll The financial rewards for staying in the English Premier League are becoming ... Read more

Oumar Niasse goes from outcast to savior at Everton’s Goodison Park

“We made a fast decision about [Oumar] Niasse and others who will find it difficult to be part of the team. If Niasse likes to play football, he needs to leave Everton.” Those were new Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s scything remarks in August 2016, delivered before a ball had even been kicked in the English Premier League. Six months after his £13.5 million transfer from FC Lokomotiv Moscow, Niasse found himself unwanted and a point of ridicule. His Everton career entailed 152 underwhelming minutes and he became the emblem of all that was wrong in Roberto Martinez’s final season in ... Read more

How soccer continues to unite us during an era of difficult times

Clubs in the English Premier League alone have spent a record £1.4 billion on transfers of players. In one of these transfers, Liverpool coughed up £35 million on Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain, a player who had just one year left on his contract and has been struggling to nail down a first team place for Arsenal for years. He had recently rejected a £180,000-per-week contract from the Gunners. The current national living wage in the UK currently stands at £7.50 an hour, or £300 if one works 40 hours per week. Bizarre. According to aljazeera.com, a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey could ... Read more

The rise and fall of Adriano, the greatest player Zlatan ever played with

Take a second to consider these footballers: Alessandro Del Piero, Andrea Pirlo, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Henrik Larsson, Clarence Seedorf, Javier Zanetti, Pavel Nedved and Patrick Vieira; the list of illustrious names to have shared the pitch with Zlatan Ibrahimovic is truly remarkable. Even so, it was the Brazilian striker Adriano who has recently been given the nod by the Swede as the greatest player he has ever played with. Yes that’s right. The same Adriano who squandered his talent bingeing on alcohol and partying until the early hours in clubs all over Brazil and Italy. That very same ... Read more

Stiliyan Petrov’s fight against leukaemia

The date June 23, 2016 will go down in history as the day the people of the United Kingdom voted to get out of the European Union. As the referendum made big headlines all over world, one would be forgiven to miss the announcement, done on the same day, from newly-relegated Aston Villa Football Club that their former captain was returning for pre-season training. Surely, such news is trivial in the context of Brexit; but, is it really? This is, after all, the story of a man who came back fighting after being diagnosed with a terrible disease. This is the ... Read more

England vs. Slovakia preview: Hodgson still searching for his best starting XI

The supposedly conservative England manager Roy Hodgson surprised many when he picked five strikers – alongside offensive midfielders Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley – in his final 23-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2016. With just three specialist center backs, the plan was clearly to outscore the opponent. In the final warm-up friendly against Portugal, Hodgson toyed with a formation containing two strikers ahead of a midfield diamond with Rooney at its apex. It’s fair to say that Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, the strikers chosen to spearhead the attack, flattered to deceive with England’s attack ... Read more

Leicester prove you don’t need mind games, money and ruthlessness to be champions

The world is one dour place, is it not? News headlines are riddled with incredible social injustices while we have also faced injustices and tough times in our personal lives. Some of us may even be going through a rough patch as I am sitting here writing this article. The depressing truth is that money seems to reign in this world of ours. While the minority gleefully fill their already fat bellies with riches, the majority of us have to fight our way in life. Unfortunately, for many millions trying to escape war-torn countries, the reality is even grimmer. Now, ... Read more