The Contrasting Fortunes of Lukaku and Morata

During last season’s summer transfer window, Manchester United and Chelsea’s search for a new number nine got the rumor mills churning. Would United sign Morata from Madrid? Would Lukaku rejoin Chelsea? That seemed to be the expectation. Eventually Lukaku instead joined Manchester United with Morata going to Chelsea. We look at who got the better end of those deals. Continue reading The Contrasting Fortunes of Lukaku and Morata

ManUtd slowly overcoming post-Fergie malaise under Mourinho

Manchester United are slowly overcoming the post-Fergie malaise under Jose Mourinho. After a morose Moyes ‘era’, a short stint by club legend Ryan Giggs and the two years of false dawn under the insufferable dutch coach Louis Van Gaal, United decided to go for a proven winner in Jose Mourinho, who while LVG was struggling in Manchester, was winning the league with Chelsea. 2 years after Mourinho’s appointment, for the first time in a long five years Manchester United will be enjoying two consecutive years in the Champions League and a second place finish. We reflect on Mourinho’s achievements at the english superclub and the bright future ahead. Continue reading ManUtd slowly overcoming post-Fergie malaise under Mourinho

Could the World Cup be rigged?

Recent revelations by much maligned ex-UEFA president Michel Platini concerning “trickery” in the World Cup draw in 1998 has brought up many questions from football fans all over the World. Given the corrupted nature of FIFA and how the two most powerful persons in football at the time Sepp Blatter and Platini himself were banned from the game, we could not help wonder how much trickery is actually involved in the showcase tournament of the sports we all love. Continue reading Could the World Cup be rigged?

Russia 2018: Upcoming must-watch games

Do you not speak football fluently? Are you having trouble picking which games to watch in the group stage? Was France v Peru too boring for you? Or did you fall asleep  halfway through Egypt v Uruguay? Do not worry, The Overhead Kick is here for you. Here’s our list of upcoming must-watch games from now until Tuesday the 26th. The list is in order of expected explosiveness.
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Rating Portugal, Spain at Russia 2018

Portugal takes on Spain at Fisht Olympic Stadium in what is the first big clash of Russia 2018. While Portugal has been serenely preparing for the World Cup, their opponents were rocked by the dismissal of their coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the game. A Spanish squad which came to the World Cup as absolute favorites were suddenly in doubt.  Continue reading Rating Portugal, Spain at Russia 2018