Stories about English Premier League

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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How Manchester City set the bar last season, only to surpass it this season

Martin Tyler’s commentary on the final day of the 2012 season of the Premier League will always remain an unforgettable moment for every Manchester City fan. It is a moment which has been etched in their minds and souls, something they will cherish for the rest of their lives and is a tale which will be narrated to many upcoming generations. It was the apogee of Manchester City’s history; their biggest moment and also a declaration of their arrival at the summit of the Premier League. Jump to the 2013-2014 season, when Liverpool bungled the opportunity to win the league ...

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A victory for Pakistan does not necessarily mean a loss for India

Ever since I can remember becoming zee shaoor (in possession of one’s full mental capacity), my household has been a hard core, absolutely bonkers, completely ridiculous, and rowdy cricket fan. It runs in the genes, so they tell me. My father often tells me how my paternal great grandfather used to listen to the English commentary of cricket matches on the radio in the 50s, where he was one of the few individuals in my rural hometown of Hala, Sindh, to own a radio. English commentary? Rural Sindh? 50s? What am I saying? But yes, he had received a scholarship of Rs5 before the Partition from the ...

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Islamabad has what it takes to set football standards for Pakistan, do you?

Football and Pakistan  don’t usually go together, especially Islamabad and football. However, despite Islamabad’s unwanted perception of going to sleep early, the capital is home to a thriving football scene and an ever-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem of football facilities. Though the concept had been introduced a decade ago with the advent of the F-6 multi-purpose facility, things really took off after 2014 when Total Football ventured into the market. Photo: Facebook “I was enamoured by the concept during my days as a student in London,” said Hamza Kayani, who launched Total Football in late 2014. Born and bred in Islamabad, Kayani claimed that the city lacked in the entertainment department, leaving eating out or ...

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After signing Gabriel Jesus, can Manchester City win the 2017 Premier League?

There comes a time, twice every year, when football fanatics ignore the on-field war games and are glued to the off-the-pitch reports of the ins and outs of their beloved clubs – yes, the most anticipated time of the year for us diehard fans, the transfer window time. I myself am very guiltily proud of spending (read: wasting) hours every day during these months, scanning through news and gossip columns on the transfer updates, scouring through all the stats and info of the rumored players who may be heading towards my team. Oh, the sheer thrill and excitement when the ...

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Four reasons why Jose Mourinho will not be a good fit for Manchester United

Since the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United (Man Utd), the club began witnessing a downward spiral and failed to impress its fans around the world. After retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season; Sir Alex appointed David Moyes as his successor. But Moyes was sacked after a short period of 10 months due to his lack of success and Dutchman Louis van Gaal became the first non-British manager in the club’s history. Van Gaal had a successful career with the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. AFC Ajax won the Champions League title under him in 1995. But during the 2015-16 season, Man Utd, the 13 times ...

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Had Arsenal signed Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or Edinson Cavani they might have won

For an average Arsenal fan, this season is characterised by a number of vacillations. Cautious optimism in September followed by a false sense of superiority over other teams in January that was swiftly followed by a cruel realisation of another season of ‘what-ifs’ and regrets over what could have been but didn’t materialise in the month of April. It appears that the team doesn’t have the winning mentality, no real leaders in the squad, too many injuries at crucial stages, no adequate investment in the transfer window, a manager who is past his sell-by date, and the list goes on ...

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Can Leicester City, the underdogs, take the Premier League crown?

If there is a term that sums up the Premier League this season, it is unequivocally ‘unpredictable’. The club which currently is in pole position happens to be the very same team which improbably escaped relegation last season. While all the cynics believed they would fall-away in the race by this stage, they continue to defy the collective football world with their results week in, and week out. Will this Leicester City romance end with them winning the ultimate prize or just falling short of the elusive premier league crown? If you look at the potential qualities of previous champions, ...

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Has Manchester United fallen from grace?

The great Manchester United, a club which has won a record; 13 titles in the Premier League era that hasn’t been equalled by any other team to date,  achieved under the managerial reign of the imperious Alex Ferguson, who arguably is, the best manager in the history of professional sports. In the title run-in, his teams were always competing if not winning the Barclays Premier League (BPL) crown. Photo: Reuters When he announced his retirement in 2013, the football world was left in shock and knew one of the greatest football minds would be bidding farewell to the club he transformed ...

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Will Alexis Sanchez bid farewell to the Gunners for the Red Devils?

Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez has been in magnificent form for Arsenal this season. Ever since he joined them from Barcelona last season for a fee of £33 million, Sanchez has been the Gunners’ best player so far, scoring seven goals and providing four assists. Last season, he missed winning the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year award by a close margin to Eden Hazard. Similarly, his extraordinary pace, power, and creativity has helped him destroy his opponents. His overall form has transformed him into a force to be reckoned with, and it is this very form that has appealed to Manchester ...

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