When Matthijs de Ligt eventually signs for Juventus, for a reported €80m, the consensus opinion will be that they’ve bought the best under 21 defender in the world, and a player that is likely to become the best centre back in the world. But how certain can we be that this will be the case?
Maritime tradition states that a captain holds the responsibility for the ship and everyone aboard. If the ship starts sinking, the captain is expected to be the last one to leave, providing quite the incentive to keep ships afloat.
For organizations not cast out to sea, alignment of incentives between “ship” and “captain” becomes paramount […]
A lot was made of Tottenham’s ‘failure’ to sign any players during the summer window. That there were no new faces adorning the club website was often seen as a sign that the club would fail to match their recent high standards.
Yet here we are with it currently looking likely that Tottenham will virtually match […]
Liverpool’s prospects of winning their first league title in 29 years have seemingly been hit in recent weeks by injuries in defensive positions. Fortunately for them, they have a couple of versatile players like Fabinho and James Milner who can capably cover for Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Their versatility helps negate the need for […]
One of the major narratives of the 2018/19 European football season is the mixed results of the continent’s superclubs: Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. After a decade of dominance in the Champions League, none of the three are favourites for the competition, and they have collectively amassed 1.8 points per game domestically, 25% down […]
Spot the link between club, person and season:
Borussia Dortmund and Shinji Kagawa (2012-13)
Atlético Madrid and Radamel Falcao (2013-14)
Juventus and Antonio Conte (2014-15)
Atlético Madrid and Arda Turan (2015-16)
Juventus and Paul Pogba (2016-17)
Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho (2017-18)
The answer, obviously: the player or coach left that club during or at the start of that season. Eagle-eyed readers will […]
One of the things that makes sport different to other industries is a sporting organisation’s dependency on a relatively small number of individuals. In the UK for example, a large ‘normal’ business generating £200m+ in turnover will employ over 1,500 people on average. A Premier League club with the same income might have a workforce […]
It seems hard to believe that only a few months ago, Nick Foles was just another forgotten NFL quarterback mooching around on the sidelines waiting for his chance. On Sunday, the newly-crowned Super Bowl MVP spearheaded the Philadelphia Eagles to victory against the more-fancied New England Patriots, having grasped the opportunity only when the team’s […]
Selling our best player is an immensely difficult decision. We are naturally loss averse, and want to protect what we have. We imagine all the things that could go wrong without them. This is even harder in January, when it is felt the disruption is magnified.
Key decision makers at Liverpool probably went through this process […]
Between 2013 and 2016, Chile were one of the most watchable and successful teams in world football. From qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with 5 wins in their last 6 matches, to being the width of the crossbar away from knocking out Brazil in the tournament proper, to consecutive Copa América triumphs, Chile were […]