68 teams, 67 games, 20 days, Welcome to March Madness

The tournament was only hours old but already brackets were being ripped up and the best laid plans were left in tatters. This wasn’t supposed to happen. They weren’t expecting this but then again, this is March Madness. The NCAA … Continue reading

Long read: a look at Xabi Alonso’s illustrious career

“Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.” These were the seven short words that announced the end of Xabi Alonso’s career, and what a career it has been. At Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, he lived it. … Continue reading

Helsinki: A tale of one city

‘ABSENSE make the heart grow fonder’ Helsinki’s Stadin derby is unique almost because of its scarcity. In over 100 years, Helsinki’s two biggest teams Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna i Helsingfors and Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi, also known as HIFK and HJK, have only played … Continue reading

Feature: Analysing the Link Between Europa League Participation and Domestic Performance

Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday showed once again that competing in the UEFA Europa League has a negative impact on domestic performance. The Reds took to the pitch against Palace less than 70 hours after beating Rubin … Continue reading

Feature: A Look at the Growing Issue of Football Tourism

Ahead of last weekend’s Manchester derby, Manchester United pub ‘The Trafford’ introduced a ban on half and half scarves. The pub encouraged fans to put their half and half scarves in the bin before entering in order to ‘clear their conscience.’ For any … Continue reading

Close from Start to Finnish: A Look at the Coolest League in the World

With only one game left in the season the top three teams in Finland’s top division are separated by 2 points. This week, I have a look at Finland’s Veikkausliiga and the three teams aiming to lift the championship this Sunday. The … Continue reading