Italy are one of the traditional forces in international football. After a trying decade for the four time world champions, they are back and rejuvenated.
Dutch football is once again riding a wave of nauseating young talent. PSV Eindhoven possess a huge chunk of this talent, and under the gaze of Roger Schmidt, could become a special force again.
Brandon Diau talks exclusively to First Time Finish about his incredible journey to make it in the game. Brandon was watching a game on his television set. His eyes fixed … Continue Reading Brandon Diau talks about dreams, never giving up and his incredible story
With renewed hope, new ownership and a god at the helm, SC East Bengal begin a new chapter this year as the latest members of the ISL. The city of … Continue Reading Fowler, Tifos and the Ultras – This is East Bengal
Matheus Cunha is ripping through Germany and soon will be the attention of Europe’s biggest powers. His former coach Maurizio Jacobacci spoke to First Time Finish about this brilliant forward.
Few will remember the visit of Pelé’s Santos to Plymouth in 1973. To the fans of Plymouth Argyle however it meant more than any fixture could, as Lewis Blackmore explores.
After years and years of disappointment Finland are finally among Europe’s elite and the country look to write history next summer. When you think of Finland you think of glistening … Continue Reading Rising Nations: Finland’s new generation writing history
Twins are a rarity in football. When they possess the ability and personality of the Vieira twins, there are none that come close.
Occasionally, it doesn’t doesn’t take a statistical anorak or a scout with a crystal ball to highlight a skillful playmaker running rings around his peers. There are times when sheer … Continue Reading Ziyech, Veerman and the Heerenveen Incubator
Hungary have been in the shadows of their predecessors for decades. But a new generation might change that. In 1953, on the turf of the hallowed pitch in the ‘home … Continue Reading Rising Nations: Hungary in pursuit of the impossible
Asian talent has flourished in Europe’s top five leagues in recent years. These five players could follow suit. At the 2002 World Cup football ‘arrived’ in Asia. The frenzy and … Continue Reading The next Son, Kagawa and Park: Asia’s top five prospects
Ledley King’s career should not be discussed as an obituary, as potential torn down by injury. At Tottenham his legacy stands tall, as speaking to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare showed us
The Toure brothers were icons who inspired a generation. This is the story behind their careers. ‘Kolo Kolo…Yaya, Yaya,..Toure!’ On the outskirts of Abidjan, a little further from the Ebrie … Continue Reading The heart-warming inside story behind Yaya and Kolo Toure
Once, the role of the goalkeeper was to stop shots going in. Now they are required to be an asset in possession. These are some of the key moments in the birth of the modern sweeper-keeper.
Dominik Szoboszlai has worked his way to the top. The Hungarian has a bright future and one an entire nations holds its breath for. In 2019 January, a piece of … Continue Reading The inside story of Dominik Szoboszlai: Hungary’s greatest hope
Before becoming one of Europe’s best playmakers, Bruno Fernandes had to learn his trade in Italy. It was at Novara Calcio that he made his professional debut, and where many remember him fondly.