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What On Earth is Going on at Inter Miami?

May 29th 2021 a surreal scene is unfolding at the Miami Freedom Park Stadium. The Inter Miami players trudge over to applaud the home support, Stoke legend Ryan Shawcross and Gonzalo Higuain lead the way gesturing gratefully towards the main stand. The Miami faithful chant in Spanish along the lines of “Let them all go, … Continue Reading What On Earth is Going on at Inter Miami?

The idea of wave attacks connecting with complexity

Iván Militár, writer and coach, formerly of Barcelona’s international academy, explains the concept of wave attacks in this piece for FTF. There is a phenomenon that can be observed mostly with teams that organize themselves through an associative and collective game idea. This phenomenon can be called “wave attacks” but can also be referred to … Continue Reading The idea of wave attacks connecting with complexity

FTF’s African Insider’s comprehensive guide to AFCON 2021

The 2021 African Cup of Nations has finally been greenlit after persevering through a civil war, multiple threats of postponement & an intensive media campaign from the European press. Despite all of this, a ball will be kicked at the Stade Olembe on the 9th of January 2022. Another 2 years, another AFCON. Despite CAF … Continue Reading FTF’s African Insider’s comprehensive guide to AFCON 2021

The inside story of Felix Afena Gyan – The wonderkid catching Jose Mourinho’s eye at AS Roma

Felix Afena Gyan has burst to prominence following his brace against Genoa in Serie A. FTF charts his spectacular rise with his agent, Oliver Arthur. Growing up in Sunyani, football clubs from around Ghana approached Felix Afena Gyan, but his mum turned them all away. She wanted her son to stay in school. She knew … Continue Reading The inside story of Felix Afena Gyan – The wonderkid catching Jose Mourinho’s eye at AS Roma

Five under-21 players to transform Newcastle

The Saudi Arabian takeover of Newcastle has sparked rumours unprecedented transfer rumours, ranging from the impossible to the absurd. Here are five realistic young talent acquisitions that could transform the Magpies next season and beyond.

The inside story of: Matthew Hoppe – The USMNT star made in Barcelona

Matthew Hoppe is just 20 years old, but he has already played in two of Europe’s toughest leagues. FTF spoke to the USMNT forward’s former coach. As Schalke rolled into 2021 they were in a desperate position. Christian Gross had just become their third manager of the season and they hadn’t won a Bundesliga game … Continue Reading The inside story of: Matthew Hoppe – The USMNT star made in Barcelona

The inside story of: Kamaldeen Sulemana and Right to Dream

Kamaldeen Sulemana has caught the eye in his brief time at Rennes so far. FTF spoke to the scout that spotted him in Ghana about his origins and potential. Kamaldeen Sulemana’s legs sprang up from the ground and his lithe body spun mid-air in the Eastern Region sunshine. It was the first time Right to … Continue Reading The inside story of: Kamaldeen Sulemana and Right to Dream

Rising Nations: The World’s Largest Island Dreaming of Becoming Official

Greenland is over nine times the size of the United Kingdom. The world’s largest island sits just North of Scandinavia and technically belongs to Denmark. Despite its gargantuan appearance, Greenland is home to just 56,800 people. Which means places such as Barnsley, Torquay and Wrexham all have bigger populations to work with. Although Greenland is … Continue Reading Rising Nations: The World’s Largest Island Dreaming of Becoming Official

How Hannibal Mejbri can become “a future Scholes” at Manchester United

Hannibal Mejbri has been catching the eye at academy level for Manchester United. FTF spoke to his former coach, Reda Bekhti about his rise. The big clubs had come knocking on the door in the past. Arsenal, Liverpool, you name them. But none were persuasive enough for Hannibal Mejbri. The allure of money or prestige … Continue Reading How Hannibal Mejbri can become “a future Scholes” at Manchester United

Lincoln Red Imps: Making history in the Europa Conference League

When UEFA announced the formation of the Europa Conference League in December 2018 it presented the smaller nations an opportunity. Footballing minnows like Armenia, Estonia and Kazakhstan all stood a legitimate chance of having one of their sides represent them on the European stage. For Gibraltar qualification remained realistically out of reach. No team from … Continue Reading Lincoln Red Imps: Making history in the Europa Conference League

The inside story of Karim Adeyemi: The teenager wanted by Klopp and Liverpool

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 teenager wanted by Klopp and Liverpool

Scouting by the numbers – 5 smartest WSL signings this summer

The build up to the 2020/21 season saw an influx of world class stars arrive in the WSL. Countless members of the United States world cup winning side jumped across the Atlantic to try their hand in England. Alex Morgan joined Tottenham, whilst Sam Mewis and Rose Levalle signed for Manchester City. Reigning champions Chelsea … Continue Reading Scouting by the numbers – 5 smartest WSL signings this summer

How one coach gave Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah his lucky break in Egypt

Once upon a time, Mohamed Salah was just a teenager playing in Al Mokawloon… until Ivica Todorov came along and the rest is history… Ivica Todorov still remembers the first time he saw the lightning bolt. It was a hazy evening in Cairo. He had come to watch a group of boys playing on a … Continue Reading How one coach gave Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah his lucky break in Egypt

Alasana Manneh: On Barcelona, Messi and making history with Gambia

From playing on the streets to training alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona, Alasana Manneh is on the verge of making history with The Gambia. Alasana Manneh could not believe his eyes. The men he had watched as infallible deities on the Television and from the stands of the Nou Camp, were mere mortals. And they … Continue Reading Alasana Manneh: On Barcelona, Messi and making history with Gambia

Ilaix Moriba: A martyr of the Barcelona crisis

The contract situation of Ilaix Moriba is becoming louder than his ability on the pitch. This should not be the case for one so gifted and rare. Such is the access and unlimited content created in football, that a contract renewal can be as exciting, and marketed as a new signing. Lent over a desk, … Continue Reading Ilaix Moriba: A martyr of the Barcelona crisis

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