Rumman Islam

Rumman Islam

The author is a senior, majoring in Social Sciences at Szabist. He previously studied at KGS and Southshore. In his spare time, he likes watching, playing and writing about football. When he's not doing football related things, he likes to catch up on his reading, especially history.

FC Barcelona: Simply the best

When Pep Guardiola took over from Frank Rijkaard as manager of Barcelona in the summer of 2008, surely even he did not expect to gain such phenomenal success with the Catalan club. After all, here was a youthful former Barcelona player in his late 30s with only one year of managerial experience; that too with Barcelona’s reserve team. Here was a man taking on the mantle of one of the most demanding jobs in football. Fast forward three years and you have a manager whose team has left everyone short of superlatives. Yes, the football may be influenced by the ...

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Chelsea’s detrimental obsession

Another year has gone by, and Chelsea still waits to win the European Cup. The Blues were well beaten by a Manchester United team who Marseille manager Didier Deschamps claimed lacked fantasy and who Spurs boss Harry Redknapp stated were winning the league by default. It was a disappointing exit for Chelsea who have been banging on the door year after year but have not been let in despite spending millions and changing managers. It was built up to be a classic all-English quarter-final between two giants that were in no mood to miss a chance to reach a London final. ...

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Manchester United’s ‘little pea’

Manchester United’s scouts who found Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez certainly deserve full praise for landing the Mexican. They truly have unearthed a gem. When news of the Hernandez deal was first announced, it was so clandestine that only his father and the United board (mainly David Gill) and the boss knew what was happening while his agent was kept in the dark. It was therefore no surprise that everyone’s initial reaction was ‘Hernandez who’? Quite clearly, that is unthinkable now considering the massive impact he has already made in his so-far short Old Trafford career. Hernandez soaring high It’s remarkable how far he ...

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Sir Alex Ferguson: The importance of longevity

The breaking of the record by Sir Alex Ferguson recently of the late Sir Matt Busby as Manchester United’s longest serving manager of all time (24 years, one month and 15 days) shows just how important it is to stick with managers rather than wield the axe at the slightest dip in form. It really is the exception rather than the norm in today’s fast-paced world of football. We see the form of a team fall and at once there are strong rumours that the board (and now in most cases owner) of the club will be changing the manager. Gone ...

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