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Beyond Brenner: Five exciting MLS transfers to watch in 2021

The arrival of Brenner has created a seismic shift in Major League Soccer. FTF explores five new MLS stars to watch. America is no longer just for Europe’s ageing stars looking to play out the rest of their career on the country’s sunny shores. The days of Beckham, Henry, Gerrard, Ibrahimovic and Pirlo in the … Continue Reading Beyond Brenner: Five exciting MLS transfers to watch in 2021

The story of MŠK Žilina: A club back from the COVID-19 brink

Can a club made up of entirely academy players and U23 stars compete at senior level? This is the story of MŠK Žilina and how a pandemic began an experiment. Just over a year ago, the future of MŠK Žilina hung in the balance. The Slovakian outfit teetered on a dangerous precipice. In the aftermath … Continue Reading The story of MŠK Žilina: A club back from the COVID-19 brink

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Scouting by the numbers – Finding the next Insigne, Bonucci and Immobile from Serie B

The Italian second division has never been in short supply of talent. In fact, the players coming through are growing year in, year out. There have been some legendary teams that have well-founded legacies in the Serie B. Zdenek Zeman’s famous Pescara team of 2011/12 or the Giuseppe Iachini Palermo side of 2014/15 were all … Continue Reading Scouting by the numbers – Finding the next Insigne, Bonucci and Immobile from Serie B

The inside story of Ollie Watkins: Super-Mare to superstar

From loanee in the non-league to England debut goalscorer, the story of Aston Villa and England striker Ollie Watkins is nothing short of miraculous. Six years after a career-changing loan move to non-league Weston-super-Mare, Ollie Watkins is scoring for fun with Aston Villa in the Premier League. Having stepped up for boyhood club Exeter City, … Continue Reading The inside story of Ollie Watkins: Super-Mare to superstar

What is the UEFA Europa Conference League and who could play in it?

The UEFA Europa Conference League launches in 2021-22, FTF takes a look at the potential line-up for the competition and how it will function. There have been many murmurs about the fundamental restructuring of the Champions League in 2024. However, below Europe’s elite competition, change is already upon us. The UEFA Europa Conference League has … Continue Reading What is the UEFA Europa Conference League and who could play in it?

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