Stories about football

What does sugarcane have in common with football? Answer: Mohammad Adil

Swift pace. Check. Speed. Check. Stocky build. Check. No, I am not talking about Carlos Tevez; this is Mohammad Adil, the star winger of the Pakistan national football team and the new signing of the Kyrgyzstan league giants, Dordoi Bishkek. Adil, a blistering winger with bags of pace and skill, who lit up the SAFF Championship 2013, reached the final of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Presidents Cup with KRL FC and attracted attention from several clubs in Nepal and Palestine in 2013. Belonging to a country where the domestic structure for football provides very little for player development and talent polishing, Adil and his achievements are a testament of his struggles. However, he has clearly proven ...

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Ronaldo won the Ballon D’Or but Messi deserved it!

Cristiano Ronaldo won the fourth 2013 FIFA Ballon D’Or and he rightly deserved it. The types of performances he showed last year have been, without a doubt, extraordinary. The fact that in terms of performance statistics, he outscored the other two contenders to top the charts makes his case very strong. If he had failed this time, the credibility of Ballon D’Or would have been seriously questioned. In the end, it was a good result for football in general. However, the result doesn’t reflect accurately on who the best footballer in the world is. People have made all sorts of arguments in favour of ...

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10 footballers of Pakistani descent who have made us proud

Despite being a minnow in world football, Pakistan has a vibrant diaspora of footballers playing across Europe and Asia who are eligible to represent a ‘Pakistani football team’ internationally. While some have already starred for the national team, others remain waiting for a call-up in the future. Here is a list of the top 10 players of Pakistani-descent who have shown their magic in Europe and other countries. Mohammad Ali (BK Avarta, Danish second division) The former FC Copenhagen striker has already been capped by Pakistan, after making his debut in the friendly match against Singapore. Deemed as a superb find by the coaches, Ali cemented his place as ...

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Let the Premier League transfers begin: 3 transfers that will complete the puzzle

For football fans, the January transfer window always serves as the best New Year gift. The rumour mill has already been fuelled by magazines, critics and eager football fans. The English Premier League (EPL) has been the most competitive league in Europe this year and if the clubs play their cards well then it will certainly be the most unpredictable league too. Let’s take a look at some of the moves that the big guns of EPL can make. Javier Pastore to Liverpool The 24-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder has found himself down the pecking order of their new manager Laurent Blanc. After appearing in only 12 games ...

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‘Kidz Dunya’ teaches your 5-year-old to get a job and manage money!

Finally, after a plethora of anticipation, ‘Kidz Dunya’ (KD) opened its doors to the entertainment starved kids of Karachi. Nobody really knew what was being done behind the sky blue panaflex on the food court floor of Dolmen Mall Clifton. The general perception was that a Sinbad style recreation facility is under construction and that the children will have yet another venue to go and enjoy coin rides. However KD changed the entire approach towards child entertainment and for the first time in Pakistan’s history, a dedicated facility for activity based entertainment and learning was introduced. Children role playing ...

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Can Arsenal win the Premier League 2013-2014?

The 2013-14 Premier League season is said to be the most anticipated one in recent years. The competition is fiercer than any other league in the world, with six clubs battling it out for glory. Every club, who is entering this year’s campaign, has its own distinct story. Jose Mourinho’s return has instilled new spirit within Chelsea, while David Moyes is struggling to fill in Sir Alex Ferguson’s shoes at Old Trafford. Tottenham’s new summer signings are starting to bear fruit and Andre Villas-Boas is intent to prove that the Spurs are still a quality side without Gareth Bale. Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bring ...

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Why is Joe Hart still England’s number one?

No matter how many goals he saves, people will always talk about the one he missed. This is the story of Joe Hart. For those of you who are not familiar with him, Hart is Manchester City FC’s and England’s national football team’s goalkeeper. He has won three consecutive Premier League Golden Glove awards and has also been rated as one of the finest goalkeepers in English football. However, the Manchester City goalkeeper has been criticised for his performance during the Champions League match against Bayern Munich, in which his team faced defeat. In that match, Hart missed a long-range ...

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5 reasons why Arsenal will win the English Premiere League

“Football fans are fickle in nature.”  This is the claim that I am sure Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger, will make for the rapid turn his fortune took within the span of a few weeks. Just a few weeks ago, however, on the opening day of the season when Arsenal suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, its fans were chanting,  “You don’t know what you are doing.” Needless to say that the atmosphere was all doom and gloom then. However, six weeks after that Villa disaster, the tide has completely turned in Wenger’s favour and Arsenal is currently sitting ...

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Has Wayne Rooney lived up to his potential?

The world of football has seen many wonder kids over the years enter the field, showing great promise. However, most don’t live up to their expectations while a few end up making history. In August 2002, Everton introduced a prolific talent to the world, with a keen eye for goal. Wayne Rooney had made his breakthrough in the Premier League, at the tender age of sixteen years and ten months. Two months into his senior professional career, Rooney made headlines all across England as he scored a last-minute goal against Arsenal and grabbed three very important points for Everton. As a ...

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Wenger in, Wenger out and shake it all about

This summer wasn’t an easy time for Arsenal fans. The eight-year trophy drought had already cast doubts over Arsene Wenger’s ability to deliver silverware at the Emirates and there were thoughts if it was time for the French tactician to hang his boots. Fans turned against him and went so far as to call for his head. Arsenal’s lack of success coupled with their reluctance to spend money in the market over the past seasons had aggravated frustrations among its ranks and fans. With rival clubs dishing out Russian oil money and Arab capital to strengthen their squads, one thing was ...

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