Najib Guiti is the man behind the curtains, as well as the founder of the eponymous news website; he has written for various different news outlets in the British, American press and has had a successful career in football news reporting, mostly through his influence and presence on social media. He aims to integrate statistics in the sport whilst keeping his analysis focused on the non-quantifiable parts of the Game such as tactics and playing style.

Bilel Aouacheria: “I have lots of work to do!”

Every week, The Ballboy aims to provide its readers with the opportunity to learn more about a promising player starting prove himself in one of Europe’s top leagues. This week, we interviewed Bilel Aouacheria, who recently joined Moreirense (Liga NOS). You left Saint-Étienne when you were only 20 years old to go play in Portugal, precisely in Segunda Liga. Why did you make this decision? Saint-Étienne did not offer me a professional contract, and I was then free to sign wherever I wanted. I decided to join Covilha in Portugal as a free agent, because I thought this would be an interesting move for my career. How was your adaptation to the Portuguese style of play? Are there that many

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Romelu Lukaku’s early opener wins it for Manchester United

Despite being on a great run of form, Manchester United struggled to win over Southampton away from home, but were saved by Romelu Lukaku’s early opener. The Premier League race hasn’t been this close between two Manchester clubs in quite a long time. Both teams seem to never stop winning, and today again they have both surpassed their opponents by different margins, putting them both atop of the league with 16 points; 3 points ahead of third-placed Chelsea. Today’s Manchester United clash was at Southampton, as José Mourinho’s Red Devils took on the Saints at St. Mary’s. Manchester United was facing a great deal of injuries, with the main ones being those of Marco Rojo and Paul Pogba, key players

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Harry Kane’s early brace saves Spurs from late come-back

West Ham hosted Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium this Saturday, for the opening game of this week’s Premier League matchday. Pochettino’s Spurs won 3-2 thanks to an early brace from Harry Kane and a splendid goal from Christian Eriksen. Both teams would start the game with their own share of chances, with Javier Hernández and Harry Kane being the key players of the first thirty minutes of the game – getting shots on target and creating scoring chances from all sorts of set pieces. The first goal would come from an attack led by Dele Alli down the right wing. Tottenham’s playmaker and English international would fire a powerful cross into the box, before Harry Kane would barely touch

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Messi scores four goals as Barcelona win 6-1 against Eibar

Lionel Messi netted four goals in Barcelona’s 6-1 thrashing of Eibar at Camp Nou. Despite the predictions of Barcelona falling down in the La Liga standings this season, Lionel Messi and his teammates have been standing tall, managing a perfect record of five wins in five games. The Argentine star has also been on a roll in these early stages, with 9 goals in 5 La Liga games; and a brace against Juventus in the Champions League. His teammates have also been doing quite well, though the club’s record signing Ousmane Dembélé did injure his hamstring in the last fixture of the club against Getafe. However, Yesterday’s game was routine for Valverde’s Barcelona. After Messi giving the lead to the

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Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid grab important 3-1 win against Sociedad

Real Madrid have earned themselves a key win today as Los Merengues triumphed 3-1 against Real Sociedad away from home, without Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo. This fixture was quite an important one. Real Madrid, who had already disappointed in the past couple of weeks, with draws against Levante and Valencia, needed this win in order to come back in the title race and to increase their hopes of catching up to FC Barcelona, who had maintained a splendid record this season. Real Madrid started the game with the absences of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, and victory was far from certain at this point. Real Madrid’s first goal would come from a long cross to Sergio Ramos.

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Aaron Ramsey hits woodwork as disappointing Chelsea draw Arsenal

Despite Chelsea and Arsenal both putting decent offensive displays, poor finishing from both sides resulted in a 0-0 draw between the Gunners and the Blues. This game was undoubtedly the biggest European fixture of the week-end. In the second half of this Premier League matchday, Arsenal visited Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with the hopes of grabbing an important win that would finally place them in the race for the title, a race that featured Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea as key runners. The Arsenal lineup featured some surprises, with Alex Iwobi being given a chance on the starting eleven in favour of Alexis Sánchez. Danny Welbeck was also preferred to Mohammed Elneny, who has yet to have earned himself

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Paulo Dybala scores treble as Juventus win 3-1 in Sassuolo

Paulo Dybala netted a stunning hat-trick to win the game for Juventus, as the champions won 3-1 against Sassuolo. This weekend’s Serie A fixtures featured Juventus visiting Sassuolo for both of their respective fourth games of the season. Juventus was in the need of a win if they were to take back the lead from Internazionale (who has been on their best start of the season in years). Sassuolo was also looking for a win, though their start to the campaign was fairly disappointing; Sassuolo had yet only earned one draw out of three games, losing the two others. Juventus were the clear favourites ahead of this clash at the MAPEI Stadium. Sixteen minutes into the game, after already having

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Mohamed Salah shines for Liverpool in 1-1 draw against Burnley

Mohamed Salah has scored yet again for Liverpool, as Burnley held out for a draw against the Reds at Anfield, thanks to an opener by Canada’s Scott Arfield. This fixture would be one of the most exciting of the matchday. Burnley, one of the surprises of this beginning of the season, against Liverpool, who was on a good run of form last year and start the season with 7 points in 4 games. This game was going to be decisive for both teams, as they both needed that win equally; both teams had the same amount of points, and their goal difference was only different by one goal, in favour of Burnley. Scott Arfield would be the first player to

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Sergio Agüero nets hat-trick in Manchester City’s 6-0 win on Watford

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have put on another offensive display in their most recent 6-0 win at Vicarage Road against Watford. Manchester City’s incredible start to the season has been one of the biggest talking points of the Premier League. Again today, they have shown their domination by winning over Watford by six goals, earning their second away win in a row, and their fourth this season. Today again, City has netted more than five goals in an away game, and proved its outstanding Premier League dominance over a team that was unbeaten in the Premier League since May 2017. On that day, they had lost 5-0 at Vicarage Road against none other than Guardiola’s Manchester City. The first half

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Ousmane Dembélé injured as Barcelona win over Getafe

Despite Barcelona being onto what many may call a perfect start with 4 wins already in La Liga, today’s 2-1 win over Getafe, along with Paulinho’s first Barcelona goal were outshone by Ousmane Dembélé’s hamstring injury. Barcelona’s starting eleven featured the lineup that everyone expected, with the exception of Sergi Roberto being placed at the right-back spot ahead of Benfica signing Nelson Sémédo, who impressed many in his first couple of games for Barcelona (whether that be in the Real Madrid clash, or in the early La Liga fixtures). Ousmane Dembélé’s injury would come right after a successful backheel, nearly thirty minutes into the game. The player performed his back-heel flick successfully, before the receiving player to be dispossessed; Dembélé

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