World Football’s Dark Horses?

Canada’s footballers have only ever graced the World Cup on one occasion. That was back in 1986 in Mexico when they failed to score or register a point. They by no means disgraced themselves however, narrowly losing 1-0 to France in their opening game before suffering 2-0 defeats against both Hungary and Soviet Union. FortyContinue reading “World Football’s Dark Horses?”

One to Watch: #3) Jorge Mere

The first two One to Watch posts have exclusively featured Spanish based players. This time however we’re going to Germany… to feature a Spaniard! 23-year-old centre-back Jorge Mere plays for FC Koln having transferred from Sporting Gijon for a chunky €9 million in 2017. Prior to linking up with Gijon, Mere had progressed through theContinue reading “One to Watch: #3) Jorge Mere”

Bamford’s Burning Ambition!

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has come in for some criticism today after suggesting that he would like to remain at the club for “… the next five years…”. Admittedly five years is a long time in football but you’d like to think that the Elland Road faithful would welcome some commitment and loyalty fromContinue reading “Bamford’s Burning Ambition!”

One to Watch: #2) Moussa Wague

In the second ever One to Watch, we take a look at a 21-year-old right back on the books of the mighty Barcelona with eighteen international caps already to his name. Moussa Wague gained experience by clocking up 23 first team appearances at Belgian side Eupen before a €5 million move to Spain. Having gotContinue reading “One to Watch: #2) Moussa Wague”

Young Gun!

Eredivisie outfit Ado Den Haag, the team saved from possible relegation by a combination of Alan Pardew and Coronavirus, have signed Emilio Estevez… no not that one! Emilio Estevez Tsai is a 21-year-old Canadian born Chinese Taipei international midfielder. He’s joined the Dutch side from Ontario based Canadian club York 9. I can’t actually sourceContinue reading “Young Gun!”

Euro 2021?

What was Euro 2020 has been rescheduled for next summer but there must be serious doubts as to whether or not the competition will take place at all. In a novel approach the tournament is due to be held in twelve cities across Europe. Immediately that rings alarm bells and if the competition is likelyContinue reading “Euro 2021?”

One to Watch: #1) Victor Mollejo

Welcome to the first post in what I intend to be a regular series highlighting lesser known upcoming talent to keep an eye out for. This series will primarily focus on youth prospects but that’s not to say some more experienced pros (Possible late bloomers) won’t feature from time to time. I can only apologiseContinue reading “One to Watch: #1) Victor Mollejo”

Remembering Roberto… but not Forgetting Giuseppe!

The lasting image of the 1994 World Cup in USA is that of a forlorn Roberto Baggio having just blazed his penalty high over the bar in Pasadena to hand Brazil their fourth world crown. That it’s the tragic failure of Baggio that is remembered above the goal scoring exploits of Brazil’s Romario and BebetoContinue reading “Remembering Roberto… but not Forgetting Giuseppe!”

Chirivella a Canary?

Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella looks set to sign for FC Nantes on a three-year-contract in what would be a fantastic coup for Les Canaris. Chirivella, who spent nearly a decade in hometown Valencia’s youth set-up winning 15 Spain under-17 caps for good measure, would add significant quality to an at best mediocre Nantes team. ChirivellaContinue reading “Chirivella a Canary?”

Bundesliga is Back!

One week today the Bundesliga will be back. If Belarus hasn’t been sufficient for your European football fix then the Bundesliga should quench your thirst. The big names will be there, the likes of Jadon Sancho, Serge Gnabry and Brit Erling Haaland but here Left Back Footy takes a look at some alternative players toContinue reading “Bundesliga is Back!”