Author: Ian Katan

Matchweek Moments: Trossard’s Triple

By Ian Katan Despite dropping valuable points in February, Arsenal are still flying five points clear at the top of the Premier League table. This weekend, a dominant victory over Fulham solidified their return to form and took them one step closer to the title, thanks to new signing Leandro Trossard’s hat trick of assists.  […]

Matchweek Moments: New Manager Bounce

By Ian Katan After sacking Jesse Marsch in early February, Leeds United finally picked up their first win since November by beating Southampton 1-0 this weekend. Marsch’s replacement was Javi Gracia, whose appointment last week was able to inspire his new side to a much needed win and temporarily pull Leeds out of the bottom […]

Matchweek Moments: No Hope for Pope

By Ian Katan Liverpool and Newcastle clashed at St. James Park on Saturday in a game that saw Liverpool re-establish themselves as contenders for a top four finish. For different reasons, the two teams are in unexpected positions in the table, and if one is to enjoy success in May, it will almost certainly mean […]

Matchweek Moments: Warning Signs

By Ian Katan Tottenham Hotspur are a team full of ups and downs. Generally solid contenders in the league, their last finish outside the top seven was back in 2008-09. They nearly tasted Champions League glory in 2019, and consistently performed well in domestic competitions. They are also equally capable of shocking implosions.  Last week, […]

Matchweek Moments: Losing Leeds United States

By Ian Katan The January transfer window and its ludicrous spending slammed shut earlier this week, and Premier League teams are seeing varying degrees of transfer success. Leeds and Nottingham Forest met at City Ground this weekend, two clubs exiting the window with very different outlooks for the rest of the season. Leeds United, sitting […]

Matchweek Moments: Battle at the Bottom

By Ian Katan The Premier League has not disappointed since its return from the World Cup in December. Arsenal continue their fight to stay ahead of Manchester City; Liverpool and Chelsea have slipped to embarrassing ninth and 10th positions, respectively; and Fulham and Newcastle maintain their strong runs in the top half of the table.  […]

Same Old Story

By Ian Katan Two of the best teams in the world took to the field at Al Bayt Stadium on Saturday for the right to play in back-to-back World Cup semifinals. Sadly, only one could advance. England’s dream of bringing home the trophy was dashed in their 2-1 defeat to France, the defending champions.  In […]

Lions Against Lions

By Ian Katan The first knockout test for the Three Lions after finishing top of their group was Senegal’s Lions of Teranga. While Senegal proved to be a challenging adversary in this World Cup, England dismantled the opposing Lions with relative ease and secured a spot in the quarterfinals after a 3-0 triumph.  Senegal was […]

England’s Quest For Glory

By Ian Katan The 2022 World Cup is underway, and England has big expectations to live up to. They’ve been heartbreakingly close to success in recent major tournaments, finishing second at last year’s Euros and being eliminated in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup. Throughout history too, they have been a story of never […]