Author: Thariq Amir

‘We want our Charlton back’: Supporters embark on fight to save club’s future

Another Saturday, another defeat. Charlton’s loss at home to fellow strugglers Bristol City last weekend was another slap in the face for the long suffering Addicks faithful. The club, south of the River Thames in London, sit bottom of the Championship table and are four points adrift of safety. League One football seems a sad inevitability. A club that was once the model of good footballing governance is now an outfit whose structure looks just as stable as a house of cards on a windy day. Longtime supporters of Charlton Athletic know what it’s like to fight for their club. ... Read more

PSG’s dominance is hurting Ligue 1

Soccer dynasties aren’t uncommon in France. Since the French league turned professional in 1932 Saint-Étienne, Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and most recently Paris Saint-Germain have had the honor of ruling the roost for a significant period of time. Saint-Étienne were the first club to stamp their authority, winning the league four times in a row starting in the 1966-67 season and then claiming a hat trick of titles by finishing first in ’73-74, ’74-75 and ’75-76. Marseille were the next team to assert their dominance, winning four titles on the trot beginning in the 1988-89 season. It could have been an ... Read more

Andre Schubert and Borussia Moenchengladbach are the story of the Bundesliga season

The Bundesliga title race isn’t exactly setting pulses racing, but there are still plenty of talking points. Pep Guardiola is leaving for pastures new at the end of the season, and the Munich giants have acted swiftly in securing Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement. There’s Borussia Dortmund under the stewardship of Thomas Tuchel, whose team has scored more goals than any other side in the Bundesliga. Then there is the most remarkable story of them all, the tale of Borussia Mönchengladbach and their phoenix like revival inspired by a reluctant hero, Andre Schubert. “I don’t need to be a coach ... Read more

The forgotten story of Manchester United player Adrian Doherty

Adrian Doherty, the forgotten fledgling. A player from Strabane, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland who was seen as the genuine heir apparent to the legendary George Best. However Doherty’s story is a sad one. A tale of just how cruel football can be. READ MORE: Chris Smalling’s transformation from stooge to defensive stalwart has been astounding Doherty played in the same youth team as Ryan Giggs at Manchester United and was considered on par if not better than the Welshman. He was so gifted Sir Alex Ferguson included him in his squad at the age of 16 in March 1990. ... Read more

Experiencing Lyon vs. Lille game in person: A game in need of Nabil Fekir

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Those were the sage words of Joni Mitchell and it certainly applied to Olympique Lyonnais’ case, the big yellow taxi excepted of course. On a cold, rainy evening yesterday at Stade de Gerland, Hubert Fournier’s team huffed and puffed but were left frustrated against a well-drilled and disciplined Lille team superbly prepared by Hervé Renard. With the start of their Champions League campaign on the horizon, Les Gones lacked a cutting edge, they were short of a spark and they were missing Nabil Fekir. The Lyon star ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments ... Read more

Is David de Gea’s new contract a rare victory for Ed Woodward?

  What a difference two weeks makes. David de Gea was minutes away from joining Real Madrid. A stage had been built at the Bernabéu to introduce Florentino Pérez’s latest Gálactico, and the Spanish international had a suit ready for the occasion. A couple of weeks and a few rounds of finger-pointing later, Spanish Dave has signed a new four-year deal with the option of a fifth to keep him in Manchester. DE GEA’S SAGA: Close | No | He said | She said | Make up | New deal No doubt champagne corks will be popping at Old Trafford, while ... Read more

The FC Start Movie; an Interview with Tyler Gooden (Part 2)

“Making the film has always been the goal, not having an office with bagels and coffee and tons of overhead”. So said Tyler Gooden the director of The FC Start Movie. Bagels and coffee aren’t bad companions to have though in creating an animated featurette and feature. The making of The FC Start Movie has been a long, challenging journey for the director who has surmounted seemingly impossible hurdles on several occasions. A less passionate filmmaker may have already given up on the project but Gooden’s drive has ensured that his vision of FC Start’s story will be told. “This ... Read more

Progress report on FC United’s season after 8 matches

Let’s deal in cold, hard facts first.  After eight games played, FC United of Manchester sit 10th in the table on eleven points.  The purveyors of punk football have won three, drawn two and lost three.  It’s a solid if unspectacular start to life in the Vanarama National League North. Beyond the ‘cold’ and ‘hard’ facts, FC should have nothing to fear after winning promotion to the National League North.   Going up as champions, ending seven frustrating years in the Northern Premier League and complete with a brand new stadium, Broadhurst Park, FC United have the platform to build on ... Read more