Much is made of the midfield options available to England for the forthcoming Euros, but how best to fit them all in? Tom Cross explores the merits of the 4-2-3-1 to do so.
The Serbian’s contributions at Stamford Bridge were pivotal in European success in consecutive years. Branislav Ivanovic and Chelsea were fighting what was the battle of their lives. The venue was … Continue Reading Remembering Branislav Ivanović’s epic 2011/12 season
The MENA region is a largely unmined land for talent. Mohamed Salah, Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi have shown that great players lie within it, as David Cohen finds out.
Already a Europa League winner with Sevilla, twenty two year old Jules Koundé is another terrific French talent. It will likely be no time before he is the talk of your club’s rumour mill.
North Macedonia’s qualification for the European Championships represents a huge shift in their sporting but also political history, writes Jeremy Goldstein.
Harvey Elliott is the new talk of the town. FTF spoke to his first coach at QPR and those who have followed his fledgling career closely. Slowly but surely Harvey … Continue Reading The inside story of Harvey Elliott: Made in the South, thriving in the North
Lyon have assembled an unlikely, but highly effective strikeforce with Tino Kadewere at its heart. George Hartley spoke to Kadewere’s school coach to see where this star emerged from.
In 2012, Zambia achieved one of the biggest underdog stories in football when they won the African Cup of Nations. Here’s how it happened. In the dying embers of the … Continue Reading Remembering Zambia’s incredible 2012 AFCON victory with Isaac Chansa
Alhassan Yusuf has enjoyed a swift and impressive rise in European football. He spoke exclusively to First Time Finish about his academy days, moving to Sweden, and the essence of his play.
Andre Onana is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. This is his story from a Barcelona ban, to learning from mistakes and leading by example. When it comes … Continue Reading The inside story of Andre Onana: The Ajax wall made in Barcelona
For all their exciting attacking intent and impressive individual talent, Brighton still find themselves seventeenth in the Premier League. This is an analysis of their season so far, and where things can pick up.
Beneath the cloak of controversies, in Max Kruse, Union Berlin have brought back one of the Bundesliga’s finest gems to the Alten Försterei. If Max Kruse’s career had to be … Continue Reading Mad Max Kruse embracing Die Eisernen of Union Berlin
The CHAN tournament is a competition which gives an opportunity to lesser known African footballers to showcase their ability and some have done just that. There may be no African … Continue Reading Five U23 players catching the eye at CHAN 2020
Teun Koopmeiners is a midfielder for both the tactical enthusiast, and for those that revel in the aesthetic. For all his technical ability, his character sets him apart as a potential superstar. This is his Inside Story.
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 … Continue Reading Berlin reunited – a tale of two becoming one