Despite winning the greatest individual accolade in football, Oleg Blokhin is rarely mentioned outside Ukraine. In Kiev however, Blokhin is King.
Alou Kuol’s rise from playing in the Australian youth leagues to becoming Sven Mislintat’s next potential diamond in the rough, has been exciting. Modern-day football is an intense business. The expectations from footballers are greater than ever before. When they step onto the pitch, the game has to be played with a laser-eyed focus. And … Continue Reading The inside story of Alou Kuol from South Sudan to Stuttgart
Already a star of the women’s game, Catarina Macário is only just beginning her journey to superstardom. This is her inside story to date.
Christophe Galtier has arrived at Nice. Armed with some fascinating signings, and a talented squad, they will be a force to watch in coming years.
Slashed from Italy’s initial squad, a twist of fate saw Matteo Pessina step up to help his country win Euro 2020. From humble beginnings at Monza to the present day, this is the inside story of Matteo Pessina. As little as three years ago, Matteo Pessina was playing in Serie B. This summer, the Lombardy-born … Continue Reading The inside story of Matteo Pessina: Monza’s jewel to Mancini’s joker
Eastern European footballers caught the eye in 2020/21 and more will follow. From strikers faster than Kylian Mbappe to silky wingers and more. From Dominik Szoboszlai scoring belters from long range at Red Bull Salzburg last season, to Adam Hlozek’s rampaging through defences in Sparta Prague colours and Dusan Vlahovic shrugging Serie A defenders aside, … Continue Reading Five Eastern European stars who will have a break-out 2021/22 season
Red Bull Salzburg are set to undergo yet another metamorphosis, but what can we expect after Marsch and Daka? And who are the new stars to watch? Half of Jesse Marsch’s face was smiling, the other was welling up with tears. On the closing Saturday of the season, a small section of fans at the … Continue Reading What’s next for Red Bull Salzburg after Daka and Marsch?
As the summer transfer window looms in the shadows of Euro 2020, FTF takes a look at some standout performers at relegated clubs who will look to take the next step. Emi Buendia had a standout year in the EFL Championship in the 2020-21 season and many felt that not picking him up in the … Continue Reading Scouting by the numbers – Finding bargains at relegated clubs
Sportswashing is as taboo a term as one can find in modern sport. Entangling the intricacies of sporting success with the means of getting there is a messy web for the brain to unwind.
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