Inside The Modern Footballer

  • The Quiet Man of Ligue 1: Baptiste Santamaria (Issue 1)

    ANGERS are known as a club that, using their specialised and sophisticated scouting network, have an impressive record recruit talented players from French lower league clubs. These talents nestle under the wing of manager Stéphane Moulin whose experience in developing young players is similarly highly regarded. The club has a profile based on continuity in almost every aspect from coach Moulin, a former player, who has been back at the club since 2005 and the first team coach since 2011, to General Manager, Olivier Pickeu, also at the helm since 2005, and his brother, Benoît, serving as fitness coach for almost as long...
  • Erling Haaland; The world's most exciting talent (Issue 1)

    NO matter the size of the achievement, there will always be detractors. Score 12 league goals in 25 games as a 17-year-old? Well it’s only the Norwegian league. Score nine goals in one game? It’s only the Under 20 World Cup. Become the third youngest player to score a Champions' League hat-trick? It's only against Genk. Now though, the penny finally seems to have dropped. As Erling Braut Haaland tore his way through his first four opponents in Germany, scoring eight times in the process, few were doubting the talent they were witnessing this time...
  • More Than A Distant Memory: Deisler and Depression (Issue 1)

    The annals of football history are littered with stories of what could have been. We can all cite former players who showed powers beyond understanding, but never quite made it for one reason or another. Everyone remembers Denílson during his time at Real Betis; how he dazzled with his sheer mastery of a football. There was also Ricardo Quaresma, who some thought to possess even greater potential than Cristiano Ronaldo. There are other names as well, both in recent memory and from days gone by, but one in particular will be remembered in Germany rather well; Sebastian Deisler...
  • Inter Reborn: An arduous decade has culminated in a new and exciting future (Issue 1)

    Inter's old President Massimo Moratti, either got it wrong or could not afford to address the facts. Inter’s treble winning team of 2010 was the end of an era, not the beginning. A decade on from those incredible scenes in Madrid, it is only now that the Nerazzurri finally believe they can break Juventus’ stranglehold on Serie A. Even more than this, they have faith, that, with one or two more transfer windows, they could even push deep into Europe’s elite competition. What has changed? Arguably, everything...