By Sona Walla After a palpitating group stage that already left many fans gasping for air with three former World Cup winning sides Spain, England and Italy all eliminated, the round of 16 matches have brought little relief serving up an exciting Holland-Mexico that was decided in the dying seconds of regular time, a Brazil-Chili and a Costa Rica -Greece that both had to go to...Read more
World Cup Watch 2014: The African footballers are coming…but are their federations???
By Sona Walla [caption id="attachment_670" align="alignleft" width="749"] African hopes super-talented Black Stars sabotaged by their own federation.[/caption] Football's undisputed king Pele said over a decade ago that the future of football pointed towards Africa and to begin to substantiate his statement multiple important developments followed, the most eye-catching being talented...Read more
Brazil World Cup Watch 2014: Early impressions
By Sona Walla Every four years the planet's football fans travel, gather and congregate wherever they are to be transfixed for a month by the cultural festival of football that is the World Cup. At its conclusion, a World Cup champion will be crowned but most importantly this rich and diverse football party will shed light on the game's new trends, unique cultural expressions and future...Read more
Deconstructing tactics: Real Madrid crush Bayern Munich 4-0 in Champions League semi-final
By Sona Walla - April 30th 2014 In our current ultra-rapid world where it seems all must be explained instantly and within the nanosecond, there is a troubling tendency to revert to sensationalism when searching for truth. But sensationalism and simplistic answers hardly help one understand the complexities and contradictions that tend to decide the outcome of a football match. Over time, I have come to find that...Read more