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Costa Is Bayern’s Engine

When Douglas Costa signed for Bayern Munich for €30 million this summer from Ukrainian champions, Shaktar Donetsk, many people questioned the deal including his former manager Mircea Lucescu.  Speaking to German newspaper, Bild, he remarked, “I think Costa is not yet strong … Continue reading

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Raheem Sterling & The Evaluation of Wingers

Wingers: managers love them, pundits love them, we love them. Wingers have evolved from cross-launching specialists that weren’t fully involved in the game to the most dynamic players on the pitch. Modern day wingers run, shoot, pass, cross, and dribble … Continue reading

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2014 FIFA World Cup Power Rankings: Last 16

The 2014 World Cup group stage is now complete, and the original 32 team field has been trimmed to 16 after a two-week round-robin bonanza. The EDIZD staff members have each ranked the remaining teams 1-16 as we say our … Continue reading

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Karim Benzema and Being “The Man”

This is familiar territory for Karim Benzema. Yet, at the same time, it isn’t. France have advanced to the round of 16 at the World Cup for the first time since 2006, going through as Group E winners. Didier Deschamps’ … Continue reading

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2014 FIFA World Cup Preview: France

When Didier Deschamps announced his squad for Brazil, there was one notable omission. Deschamps decided to drop Samir Nasri, the Manchester City forward, for the sake of what he calls squad harmony. And so this is where we are with … Continue reading

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