Safeer Syed

Safeer Syed

The author has completed his MBA from NUST and is currently working in Islamabad. He is a die-hard football and tennis fan. He also loves to read and travel. He tweets @Safeeersyed (twitter.com/Safeeersyed)

Is a Solskjaer sacking on the cards?

“And Solskjaer has done it. Manchester United have reached the promised land!” No Manchester United fan can forget this memorable sentence. Exactly two decades ago, Manchester United were crowned the champions of Europe after a thrilling encounter against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou, Barcelona. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fabulous goal in injury time made him a hero for the Red Devils that night. Twenty years later, Manchester United once again put their faith in Solskjaer as he arrived at Old Trafford as United’s caretaker manager in the middle of the season. But his tenure at the club since then has been rocky to say ...

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Who will emerge victorious in the Arsenal-Manchester United clash?

Arsenal and Manchester United have always shared a memorable, long-enduring rivalry, one which acquired a new spit of fire during the tenures of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson.  But that era has long since departed, and both Arsenal and Manchester United currently find themselves in a bit of a fix. The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have raised the bar of the English Premier League (EPL), a bar which seems insurmountable for Arsenal and Manchester United. Both clubs currently sit outside the top four in the EPL table and, if either club truly harbours ambitions of booking ...

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Is removing Unai Emery the answer to Arsenal’s Premier League woes?

After an abysmal showing at Vicarage Road over the weekend, it looks like Arsenal’s title chances in this year’s Premier League could well be over even before they had a chance to cross the first hurdle. In a league which features heavy hitters and unrelenting sides like Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, this deeply flawed Arsenal team simply does not look like they will be able to go to toe with England’s top clubs. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the criticism has been aimed at the manager, Unai Emery, who has so far failed to impress after Arsene Wenger’s departure ...

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You may want to reconsider your bets this English Premier League season

Now that the international break is finally over, football fans across the globe will once again be glued to their television screens this weekend. Although it’s still early days in this season of the English Premier League, the table is already shaping up in an intriguing and both, unexpected and expected, manner. The battling titans from last season, Liverpool and Manchester City, have already pulled into pole position and look like early favourites to win the title, while the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have gotten off to a slower start than they would have liked. Undoubtedly, the ...

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Champions League draw: A look at the thrilling clashes

With the commencement of Champions League’s new season just a few weeks away, it looks like the group stages are primed to set up some mouth-watering clashes. Since the dramatic semi-finals from last season are forever etched in people’s minds, fans are now hopeful that the same level of thrill and drama will continue this season. And based on the group stage draw which took place in Monaco recently, that certainly appears to be the case. Some big clubs will be seen in action against each other in the group stages and here is a look at what will surely become ...

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While Klopp is surely a winner, the Best Player Award is a race between Salah-Dijk-Kane

The upcoming Best FIFA Football Awards will take place in Milan, Italy on September 23rd, and the ceremony will allow fans from all over the world to vote for their favourite players and coaches.  While Cristiano Ronaldo and Luca Modric have previously lifted the Best Men’s Player trophy in 2017 and 2018 respectively, this year could perhaps see a new winner. Similarly, the draw which features the Best Men’s Coach could also result in a previously uncrowned coach taking home the award. Best Men’s Player If there is one player in the world who deserves this award more than anyone, it’s Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. The big Dutchman had a ...

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The game of courts: The Wimbledon final of the tennis kings

Since 2017, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the Grand Slams. While their status as legends of the game is already secure, it appears that neither one of them is willing to relinquish their iron grip on each tournament. Their consistency and hunger keeps the rest of the pack on their toes and it therefore seemed inevitable that two out of this reigning triumvirate of tennis kings would go onto reach the final at this year’s Wimbledon.   But which two? Federer has been looking to add to his tally of 20 titles, while Nadal has been snapping ...

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After 14 long years, will Liverpool finally lift the Champions League trophy?

The 2019 Champions League final in Madrid will be reminiscent of the English final of 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea in Moscow to lift the trophy. However, this time around, Liverpool are contesting for their sixth European crown and only their north London rivals, Tottenham Hostpur, stand in their way. It may come as a surprise to many that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have qualified for the final of Europe’s biggest club competition but there is no denying that the Lilywhites have been in a sublime form this season. On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp’s side have reached the ...

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A victory for the ages: Liverpool and Tottenham and their fate-changing semi-finals

There is no doubt that football always leaves people with some of the most beautiful memories. Memories which they will cherish forever. It is a game of emotion, instinct and passion. How many times have we seen managers and players lay bare their emotions after the final whistle? Countless. The same happened in this week’s Champions League semi-finals, when both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur defied the odds to defeat Barcelona and Ajax respectively. The two English sides booked their place in the Champions League final after pulling of miraculous comebacks. 🔴🔴 ALLEZ, ALLEZ, ALLEZ 🔴🔴pic.twitter.com/r8TRL9vvTC — Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 7, ...

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For Ajax, the Champions League final beckons, but will the Spurs spoil their party?

After 22 long years, Ajax are in the semi-finals of the Champions League and have been absolutely dominant in Europe this season. After eliminating current champions Real Madrid from the competition, they continued their dream run by defeating Juventus at Turin. Erik ten Hag’s side surprised everyone when they extended their stellar form against Tottenham Hotspur and won 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Can Ajax retain the lead or will the Spurs reduce the deficit when the two sides meet in the Netherlands? Ajax’s players pose for a team ...

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