The transfer rumour mill will be churning out the usual suspects’ names once more. Yet these young midfielders represent cheaper, uncovered gems for your club to take a look at this January, or in the Summer.
The world came to a standstill when the Berliner Mauer fell and in Berlin, what followed was a moment to behold. This is a trip down memory lane. The scene is Berlin and the year is 1961. After the end of the second World War, there was a lot of disarray in Germany especially around … Continue Reading Berlin reunited – a tale of two becoming one
The African continent has produced some of the best players to have played the game. These next five could follow suit. There has never been a greater time for African football. Some of the world’s best players have come from the continent to conquer Europe in recent years. Stars like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. … Continue Reading Five players from the African continent set to break-out in 2021
Kaká is rightly regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of the modern game. Yet why did it not work out for him in Madrid?
Whether it is in the sporting or political context, the history of Palestine is embroiled in war, unrest and an will to be recognised internationally. The footballing landscape speaks of much the same, as Leo Style explores the history and future of Palestinian football.
The financial restrictions of the pandemic has forced scouting teams to become creative. Those in search of a centre-back should look no further. It’s that time again. Christmas is over, the new year is upon us but the cause for excitement has not ceased. January is the month of the transfer window after all, where … Continue Reading Transfer window special: Five underrated centre-back targets
Germany’s capital city has two representatives in the top-flight, of the two, Union Berlin’s story is different than most A quick Google search will tell you that there are more than 50 football clubs operating at different levels of the German footballing pyramid, originating from the city of Berlin. It would probably take more than … Continue Reading Of the fans, by the fans, for the fans- This is Union Berlin
Joško Gvardiol’s recent transfer to RB Leipzig turned heads in football circles. Was this relative unknown the latest great recruit by the German club? James Beagley assesses this diamond talent’s potential.
Taiwo Awoniyi has had a remarkable journey in the game. But his journey has only just begun. FTF spoke with Awoniyi’s former coach, Atiba Bankole. Only six players remain from the disjointed Liverpool squad Jurgen Klopp inherited over half a decade ago. Joe Gomez, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Taiwo Awoniyi. … Continue Reading The inside story of Taiwo Awoniyi: The Nigerian star on Liverpool’s doorstep
Michael Olise is hot property, and the name on everyone’s lips. Yet his story is more than just an explosive 2020, and shows he is a player made of remarkable minerals.
At 18 years of age Karim Adeyemi is catching the eye at Salzburg. His journey to the Austrian giants hasn’t always been easy. This is his inside story. Karim Adeyemi was onto the Lokomotiv defender like a hawk pouncing on its prey. As any predator he had sniffed out his opponent’s weakness, and he lunged … Continue Reading The inside story of Karim Adeyemi: The heir of Haaland and Daka
The Eredevisie’s talent pool is bulging at the seams. AZ Alkmaar’s Jesper Karlsson is yet another catching the eye, as Adam Khan explores what makes this young Swede so special.
Rodrigo de Paul has carried his Udinese side to the point that he is now a league leading midfielder. One that Europe should take good notice of.
South London has produced a plethora of stars, but perhaps none bigger than Jadon Sancho. This is the story of his roots in the sport and the city. London’s utopian mirage is painted by shimmering skyscrapers. Million-pound lavish mansions. Terraced houses with elaborate facades and towering urbanised flats. But in the alcoves, hidden behind the … Continue Reading The inside story of Jadon Sancho and his South London roots
Powerful, creative, and ridiculously talented. Tanguy Ndombele is a remarkable talent. Yet for all his ability, his career has been anything but plain sailing. First Time Finish spoke to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare about Mourinho’s mercurial midfielder.
VfB Stuttgart’s 5-1 demolition of Borussia Dortmund turned heads across Europe. However their recent success goes beyond this one result, and has come after years of short sightedness.
Enock Mwepu’s steady rise has often gone under the radar. But the 22 year old midfielder is developing into one of the most exciting midfielders in Europe. In 2017, Lee Kawanu sat down with his two proteges. The Kafue Celtic club director had guided their careers with extreme attention to detail up to that point. … Continue Reading Exclusive: The inside story of Enock Mwepu: From Chambishi to the Champions League
Where did it all go wrong for Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson retired? It was early December and another European outing for the glamourous stars of Manchester United, in the UEFA Champions League. This time, their opponents were Wolfsburg. When Anthony Martial scored in the first ten minutes, it seemed as though three points … Continue Reading Man Utd Class of 2013 – Succession plans and lost cards in the shuffle
Kieran Higgs has been on a journey unlike any other in football and his story is an example of grit and determination. It was like a pang. Kieran Higgs felt the slightest contact, and then a twinge of pain in his knee. He went tumbling down to the ground in agony. His knee throbbed and … Continue Reading Kieran Higgs talks ACL injuries, playing with Cantwell and fighting back
In 2019/20, Emiliano Buendia was among the Premier League’s best creators. After being relegated with Norwich, once again the league’s clubs are turning his way.
Tokmac Nguen has become an icon on and off the field. His actions of defiance and political activism have made him a hero. In June under the floodlights of the Pancho Arena, a small crowd of 600 watched on from the stands. Their echoes reverberated around the elaborately designed arches of the stadium situated just … Continue Reading The year of Tokmac Nguen – an icon and an ace
Upon winning the 2019 U-20 World Cup’s Golden Ball, Kang-in Lee was marked as one of world football’s brightest talents. Now is the time for him to prove his worth, in a struggling and damaged Valencia team.
22 Years On From Their Last Taste of a Major International Tournament, Scotland and the Tartan Army will be ‘Boogieing’ Their Way to the Euros Next Summer. As a country which has famously hailed both world-class players – namely Dalglish, Law and Souness, as well as managers – including Ferguson, Shankly and Busby, the sport … Continue Reading Rising Nations: Scotland back from the wilderness