What is a “Trequartista” in Football?

No, it’s not a made-up term on Football Manager, as I initially assumed when I discovered while trying to lead my beloved Everton to virtual glory in the carefree days of my childhood. The trequartista is, in fact, a real position – if slightly more obscure one – in football. So, where is it? Who plays trequartista? And who have been the best trequartistas throughout history? We’ll discover all of this and more below: The Trequartista Role Essentially, a trequartista is a playmaker who operates behind the front line but …

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Can You Be Offside from a Goal Kick or Throw-In? [EXPLAINED]

It’s been the source of many spectators’ headaches for years, and now only seems to have exacerbated the confusion with the introduction of VAR. We now live in an age of vertical and horizontal imaginary lines, of stray armpits and toes preventing goals from standing, of goals and games being at the mercy of a man in a room in West London. But the offside rule and its plethora of grey areas had been a mystery to many football fans long before the rise of machines, so here we’ll do …

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Which Team Had the Most Promotions in a Row?

Not every team has their place in the football pyramid set in stone. The Premier League may have six ever-presents, for instance, but elsewhere, things are less certain. Clubs can shoot up the divisions as quickly as others begin an irreversible nosedive. Let’s take a look at the five most back to back promotions in football history, as well as some more impressive rises through the leagues (if not via successive promotions): Iwaki FC (Japan) Number of Successive Promotions: 5 Rose From: 9th to 4th tier of Japanese football From …

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What is the Fastest-Growing Sport? [It May Surprise You…]

Move over, rugby. Take a hike, tennis. See you later, golf. These may have been the future once – and of course, they’re still almost universally popular – but maybe they’re becoming old hat as some new sports come to the fore. Here, we’re going to take a look at five contenders for the fastest-growing sport in the world – some of which you would surely never have even dreamt up as ideas – as well as discussing what the most popular ‘new’ sport in the UK might be. So …

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Which Player Has Scored in the Most FA Cup Finals?

It’s the oldest club cup competition in the world, whose finals have involved Dave Whelan breaking his leg (but you already knew that), Alan Pardew dad-dancing and a white horse called Billie. It could only be the FA Cup. Though its star may be on the wane now, the FA Cup remains the one to win for English football’s traditionalists. Not only is it a major piece of silverware, but it’s a chance to write your own chapter in a competition steeped in a history. We’re going to look back …

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Which Premier League Clubs Are in Debt? [RANKED]

You’re probably sick of hearing the word by now, but until coronavirus abates, these truly are ‘unprecedented times’. Face masks, two-metre rules, tracking and tracing – you name it, it’s unprecedented. A more precedented impact of the pandemic, though, has been Premier League clubs incurring debt. Many were in the red before COVID-19, but the loss of revenue as a result of this global health crisis has only exacerbated their money woes. But just how bad were their problems prior to the pandemic? Are Liverpool in debt? Are Spurs in …

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