Entries by Charlie Carmichael

Radja Nainggolan: Rome’s modern day warrior

Rome is a city steeped in ancient history. The Italian capital is home to many an iconic landmark, not least the imperious Colossuem. It’s here where gladiators would compete against one another much to the adulation of 80,000 onlooking spectators. These brutish warriors would enthral crowds with their skilful mastery of a blade and fearless […]

Grazie Claudio

As Andrea Bocelli sang the iconic Nessun Dorma, I wiped a tear from my eye. Sitting in the West Stand at the King Power Stadium, starring at the Italian classical singer as he serenaded us with his perfect rendition of an all-time classic, I didn’t think I could have loved a man more. But the […]

El Tigre to El Fénix: The Resurgence of Radamel Falcao

It’s Wednesday night, 22nd January 2014. The Monaco supporters inside the Stade Ludovic Giuly have gone deafly silent. Laid before them in a crumpled heap, is Radamel Falcao. The Colombian striker appears to be in some discomfort following a heavy challenge by Soner Ertek. Unable to walk off, the stretcher is called and Falcao is […]

Can Leicester shock the world, again?

If you were to walk through the hallowed tunnel inside the King Power stadium, just before going out onto the pitch you’d immediately be struck by the two club crests on the wall that sit either side of a quite ominous-looking fox. Above it, is a phrase that the club has championed throughout its long […]

What does the future heart of England’s defence look like?

As the Three Lions crashed out of the 2010 World Cup on South African soil in an all too familiar sight, many believed England’s so called ‘Golden Generation’ was over. Despite the controversy of Frank Lampard’s infamous disallowed goal the truth was that the team simply wasn’t good enough. Since then the likes of John […]

Ambitious And Talented, Rui Vitória’s Young Benfica Side Can Cause Dortmund Problems In Europe

As Rui Vitória prowled the Estádio da Luz touchline he must’ve thought he was on the verge of something few believed possible. His Benfica side had just gone into the lead against German giants and strong favourites Bayern Munich, Raúl Jiménez’s 27th minute goal taking their Champions League quarter-final tie with the Bavarians to one-a-piece […]

Unsung Heroes – Matt Crocker

“All kids need a little help, hope and somebody who believes in them.” Sporting icon Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson believes it’s impossible for youth talent to succeed without having the confidence of a senior figure behind them and with that in mind, no-one has helped bring through more England internationals over the last 10 years than […]

Guerrilla FC: The Washington Revolution

The notion of ‘winning at all costs’ is one ingrained in the American sporting psyche. As former American Football coach Vince Lombardi puts it “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” It’s a sentiment also established at the heart of Britain’s societal values, so it’s perhaps no surprise that football, or ‘soccer’, has advocated such beliefs […]