Lucas Torreira and the Carrilero

The race to sign world-class central midfielders goes on in perpetuity. The holy grail for any manager hoping to get his team in contention for continental and domestic success is often founded on an unbreakable core: the carrilero. The carrilero is a role that has been essentially pioneered by the legendary Blaugrana defensive midfielder Sergio […]

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Debuts Part 18: Danny Rose

KAT LUCAS remembers an unlikely teenaged hero in the North London derby Had Danny Rose left Tottenham Hotspur this summer, it would have left a strange taste in the mouth. It looks increasingly likely that the England international will remain in North London for at least one more season, but he will do so knowing […]

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Debuts Part 14: Nick Culkin

DAN WILLIAMSON looks at the shortest debut of them all, which turned out to be Nick Culkin’s only ever appearance for Manchester United Growing up kicking a ball around the school playground, or dodging cars on the street outside the house, most football-loving kids dream of playing just one second at the top level of […]

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Debuts Part 10: Sol Campbell

GARY THACKER looks back on Sol Campbell’s bizarre debut for Notts County, a game that would be his last for the club Sol Campbell was one of the Premier League’s most accomplished defenders in the early years of the 21st century. After a nine-year career at Spurs during which he lifted the League Cup in […]

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Debuts Part 6: Mark Robins

PHIL WITHALL on Mark Robins’ unforgettable Norwich debut, as the youngster silenced a shocked Highbury A player’s first game for a new club is never an easy one. For the player there are the problems of a new city, a new manager, new teammates to meet and form a bond with, and pressure. For the […]

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Relive: Wright

It is often said that footballers don’t have the same passion for the game as the fans. It is a job to them after-all and they are doing it for work as much as enjoyment. Every now and then though a player comes along with such infectious enthusiasm for the game that it is as […]

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Golden Goal Part 14: Andy Linighan

PHIL WITHALL fondly, and begrudgingly, recalls an Arsenal goal which benefitted his beloved Norwich City When I started thinking about this piece my mind automatically went through the showreel of Norwich City moments. Fashanu against Liverpool with his ridiculously casual celebration. Robert Fleck at the Old Den. Jeremy Goss against Bayern Munich, Leeds, or some other […]

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