Taimoor Siddiqui

Taimoor Siddiqui

A Sub editor at The Express Tribune’s Sports Desk and an avid Liverpool fan. He tweets @mohdtaimoor (twitter.com/mohdtaimoor)

Move over Ronaldo; Let Messi, the real champ, reign the field

If someone had said superstar Lionel Messi would be crowned ‘FIFA World Player of the Year’ in 2016 for a record fifth time, I’m pretty sure everyone would have considered that person as deluded. Why though? Simply because the Argentinian maestro was nowhere near the form which won him four successive ‘World Player of the Year’ awards from 2009 to 2012. Photo: AFP In fact, he had just endured the terrible ordeal of losing a World Cup final to Germany, a feat which has not only tested his physical strength but his mental endurance as well. The entire topic of discussion ahead of ...

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Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic: The fairy tale ending that was not to be

Regardless of how much the heart yearns for something miraculous to happen, the human mind has this uncanny ability to quash those hopes and let you see the reality of the situation. That same thing happened in the Wimbledon final between world number one Novak Djokovic and the man the Serb had idolised all his life — Roger Federer. Federer, the darling of the world of tennis, the winner of 17 Grand Slams and a joint-record seven Wimbledon titles, had the entire world behind him. Every single fan wanted a fairy tale ending for the Swiss maestro who had inspired ...

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Pakistan versus India: And the jinx continues…

Well it was 8am that the subcontinent started to get abuzz with the excitement surrounding the clash between Pakistan and India in the World Cup. There always is a different kind of excitement whenever the two teams face off. Sometimes it ends in player’s houses being attacked in India and sometimes it ends in brawls in Sydney. Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain – there are a lot of emotions involved in the clash of the titans of the subcontinent. (I highly doubt that Pakistan can be called a titan as of today but it sounds catchy ...

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Merseyside Derby: In the showdown between Liverpool and Everton, who will come out on top?

Another edition of the Merseyside derby is set to take place today at Goodison Park and emotions run high in Liverpool as the city-clubs look to enforce their domination and earn the bragging rights for the Premier League’s most explosive fixture. Few would need to told about the Merseyside derby but for those who do not know, this highly tense fixture in the Premier League takes place between two of the oldest clubs in the League – Liverpool and Everton. Traditionally, this derby was known as the ‘friendly derby’ with many common families supporting both teams and is the only derby ...

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English Premier League transfers — Most expensive but not the most rational

The winter transfer window, which ended on February 2, 2015, rather than its usual January 31st deadline, saw the Premier League clubs splashing out a total £130 million – the same as of the January 2014 window. Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal accounted for the highest spending by the Premier League clubs but the most active was Crystal Palace, who under new manager Alan Pardew, are aiming to ease the pressure on the 13th placed club in the league table. Palace saw 11 players leaving the club, while eight players joined the club either on a loan or on a permanent ...

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Ballon d’Or 2014, Cristiano Ronaldo and becoming the Alpha-male of football

For the second time in a row and third overall, Portugal and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned as the best player in the world, beating the likes of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer at the glitzy gala in Zurich, Switzerland. The result comes as little surprise as the Portuguese has had a remarkable year, winning three trophies for his club – UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup – and netting an astounding 54 goals in 60 appearances for club and country during the voting period (November 30, 2013 to November 21, 2014). On ...

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The miraculous 3-4-2-1 — The perfect end to the year for Liverpool

Liverpool ended the year on a high note as the £25million signing from Southampton, Adam Lallana, scored a brace, while the entire squad shined on Monday night at Anfield. The Reds completed a 4-1 rout of manager Brendan Rodgers’s former club Swansea City AFC. The last Premier League game of the year was a delight to watch as both sides contested for the win; however, Liverpool were by far the dominant side and went into the lead with Alberto Moreno netting the goal – his second of the campaign – in the 33rd minute. The second half kicked off quite brightly as two goals in two ...

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Liverpool’s bandaged hero provides some solace for Brendan Rodgers

Philippe Coutinho gave the lead to the Reds, but it was Martin Skrtel who took the headlines with his header in the stoppage time, which preserved a point for Liverpool after trailing Arsenal 2-1 throughout the second half. Liverpool drew first blood as the Brazilian scored in the 45th minute after the home side had dominated possession (80% in the opening 30 minutes) in the first half. But, as we’ve seen before, Liverpool succumbed to yet another set-piece goal when Arsenal centre-back Mathieu Debuchy overcame Skrtel to head home the equaliser. Photo: AFP The second half kicked ...

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Liverpool: Brendan Rodgers, you’ll never walk alone

Liverpool, one of the most decorated football clubs in the world, has been going through an extremely rough patch since the departure of ‘bite master’, Luis Suarez, to Barcelona in the summers. Manager Brendan Rodgers has faced pressures of organising a side plagued by injuries and consistency issues, after a scintillating run and an ‘almost incredible’ season last year. To add to the woes, the team qualified for the Champions League. Although this achievement did seem like a blessing at the moment, due to their absence from the elite competition since the last five years, it became a platform to highlight the frailties of the team. Simply ...

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Champions League Round of 16 draws: Who will progress?

The UEFA Champions League draws were announced on Monday and one cannot be surprised at the number of repeat fixtures between Europe’s super clubs. It is remarkable that a competition, which has not seen a repeat winner since the last 25 years, witnesses such a number of repeat fixtures in its pre-final stages. However, regardless of who got to play against whom, one fact is certain – we are in for some spectacular competitive football as the clubs look to stamp their dominance in Europe. Two fixtures especially caught the eye of the world as Barcelona goes up against Manchester City in last ...

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