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
Dennis Bergkamp – Ajax Amsterdam: Young players need freedom to express themselves
By Sona Walla - February 14, 2014Read more
Technique, creativity, flair...the flying DutchmanDennis Nicholaas Bergkamp is one of the the finest footballing jewels to be honed at the famed Ajax Amsterdam and Dutch youth development system before being released unto the world to soothe the aching hearts of football purists. He duly obliged but...
Why aren’t American players taken seriously in Europe
The recent return of Michael Bradley , often cited as the best active American player, from Italy's in-form Serie A outfit Roma back to MLS club Toronto left many soccer fans puzzled. Although the repetitive line from much of the American press has been that of a hero returning home to a a lucrative contract he could not refuse to help boost the...Read more