Entries by Charlie Carmichael

Unsung Heroes – Juan Manuel Lillo

Spain’s youngest ever La Liga manager, accredited with the revolution of the 4-2-3-1 and a man Pep Guardiola himself calls ‘my maestro’. Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lillo is a Basque born coach and a football romanticist whose ideas have transformed the face of the modern game. From futsal to management to philosophy, this is his story. […]

Naby Keïta: Africa’s brightest starlet

Born in the Guinean capital of Conakry, Naby Leye Keïta spent his formative years progressing through the youth ranks of local team Horoya Athlétique Club’s academy. Standing at just 5ft 8, the central midfielder casts a diminutive shadowing figure on the pitch, however, at just 21 years of age he has shown just why he […]

Associação Chapecoense de Futebol: Champions of Hearts

In the early hours of Tuesday the 29th November, football and indeed, the wider world was shook. News filtered through of a tragic event unfolding that had seen La Mia airways, Flight 2993 crash upon its descent into José María Córdova International airport, Colombia. The disaster subsequently claimed the lives of no fewer than 75 […]

Why travelling could aid English management

Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United are currently 2 points adrift in the English Championship title race from current table toppers Brighton, with many still considering the Toon to be favourites to win the race come May. Doing so would see Rafa become the first foreign (non-British) manager to oversee this feat in 17 years since Jean […]

Meet tomorrow’s elite

Nothing quite captures the imagination like seeing a youngster blooded at first team level. There’s always a keen sense of anticipation amongst supporters who will have no doubt eagerly tracked the player’s progress up through the youth team ranks, already having their own high expectation of what’s to come. There’s a lot of pressure before […]

Safe stands for Hammers fans

The shocking scenes in the Olympic Stadium mid-week have yet again, highlighted the safety epidemic surrounding West Ham’s new home. The cup game between the Hammers and Chelsea descended into anarchy after the two sets of fans managed to clash inside the ground as a result of poor stewarding and limited segregation. The whole evening, […]

Pep Guardiola: Genius or ignorance?

It’s 5pm on Saturday the 24th September. Manchester City have just completed their 9th consecutive win of the season and their 6th in the Premier League. Any pre-conceived doubts about Pep’s adjustment to life in England had been well and truly dismissed. It’s funny how much can change in just 3 and a half weeks. […]

Project England

Trnava is a small city located in western Slovakia known for its scenic views and dubbed the ‘little Rome’ of its country. It’s also well renowned for its religious beliefs, playing host to numerous churches. It was perhaps fitting then, that another band of passionate, vibrant people with their own faith arrived there on Sunday – […]

Do world class managers guarantee success?

So Euro 2016 has ended and all eyes will now be cast keenly back to the upcoming Premier League campaign. In a tournament that may not go down as one of the most exhilarating, one thing was an ever-present – tactical warfare. Two of the best teams to come out of the recent Championship were […]