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Rough Diamonds

August, 2015

  • 21 August

    What role will new signing Benjamin Stambouli fulfil at PSG?

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    It came as a shock to many when PSG sold Yohan Cabaye, that too for a paltry sum of £13 million. But the Parisians had a trick up their sleeve. Enter Benjamin Stambouli. The strong, robust French midfielder, who was an integral part of the title-winning squad of Montpellier in 2011-12, is highly versatile: being able to operate as a ...

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December, 2013

  • 5 December

    Rough Diamonds #13-Mateo Kovačić (Inter)

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        One in a million talent, you say?  Try one in five million (approximately Croatia’s population) talent, and you would still be far from the truth. Since the golden era of Croatian football in the late ’90s and the likes of Šuker and Prosinečki, there wasn’t a player who could entertain fans and produce spectacle at such a young ...

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November, 2012

  • 15 November

    Rough Diamonds #12- Christian Eriksen (Ajax Amsterdam)

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    Danish people are not new to watching a technically adept, twinkle toed attacking midfielder who can unlock defences at will. So one can understand why they are excited about seeing Christian Eriksen doing “a Michael Laudrup”.Laudrup is definitely the greatest Danish football player ever. At 20 years old, Eriksen is being deemed as his successor. Eriksen plies his trade in ...

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April, 2012

  • 19 April

    Rough Diamonds #10-Marc-André ter Stegen (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

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    28 matches into the 2010-11 season German club, Borussia Monchengladbach, had conceded 62 goals and were in last place being five points away from safety.  Six matches later, the Foals, as they are lovingly called throughout Germany, ended their regular season overturning the five point deficit with their defence conceding only three more goals in those six matches. There was ...

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  • 8 April

    Rough Diamonds #9-Stephan El Shaarawy (AC Milan)

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    Most of us tend to associate Italian football with quality defenders and a dearth of attackers. Attacking talents are considered a rarity in Italy. In more recent times, Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi would come to peoples’ minds when asked about Italian attackers. Under the last three coaches, Cesare Prandelli, Marcelo Lippi and Roberto Donadoni, ...

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Blast from the Past

Gary Neville on Arsenal and Cesc Fabregas

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Gary Neville,Jamie Carragher and Thiery Henry discuss Arsenal’s performance in the Premier League in the last decade and whether Arsenal could challenge for the title this year. Gary bemoans Arsene Wenger’s insistence in not buying a replacement for Patrick Viera. Arsenal have struggled to make an impact in the Premier League after their last title more than a decade ago. ...

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What role will new signing Benjamin Stambouli fulfil at PSG?

benjamin strambouli psg

It came as a shock to many when PSG sold Yohan Cabaye, that too for a paltry sum of £13 million. But the Parisians had a trick up their sleeve. Enter Benjamin Stambouli. The strong, robust French midfielder, who was an integral part of the title-winning squad of Montpellier in 2011-12, is highly versatile: being able to operate as a ...

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Mikel Arteta,the Media Puntas and the False 9s

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A month ago,i came across this brilliant article by Phil Ball,on the power and rise of the media punta. He explains the reasons behind its importance and states that with an abundance of media puntas,Spain can dominate the world in the years to come. In that article Ball mentioned that,Arsene Wenger was the only manager in England who tried to introduce ...

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Satire

Gary Neville on Arsenal and Cesc Fabregas

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Gary Neville,Jamie Carragher and Thiery Henry discuss Arsenal’s performance in the Premier League in the last decade and whether Arsenal could challenge for the title this year. Gary bemoans Arsene Wenger’s insistence in not buying a replacement for Patrick Viera. Arsenal have struggled to make an impact in the Premier League after their last title more than a decade ago. ...

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The erratic locomotive prediction machine agitates once more into action

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English football descended into pandemonium this week as fans and pundits alike have been unashamedly changing their Premier League predictions after just two games. Not since the Kaiser Chiefs predicted a riot but instead brought five albums of toilsome, handjive-cum-bodypop shuffle-pop has there been such collective nationwide indifference. Last season, Paddy Power settled all bets on Chelsea to win the league in November, but whispers that ...

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What role will new signing Benjamin Stambouli fulfil at PSG?

benjamin strambouli psg

It came as a shock to many when PSG sold Yohan Cabaye, that too for a paltry sum of £13 million. But the Parisians had a trick up their sleeve. Enter Benjamin Stambouli. The strong, robust French midfielder, who was an integral part of the title-winning squad of Montpellier in 2011-12, is highly versatile: being able to operate as a ...

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8 things to look forward to in the next round of the World Cup [Satire]

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Xavi to examine the grass length before the Chile gameIt’s commonly known fact that if Barcelona/Spain ever lose a game then it’s because of the excessive grass on the pitch. So Xavi has taken it upon himself to cut the grass if it’s too lengthy,so that Spain can dominate possession and have a higher passing rate than Italy(Who have the ...

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