Author: Panagiotis Tsochalis

September 22, 1996. The date Arsene Wenger was unveiled as the new manager of Arsenal Football Club following a two year spell in Japan. As exciting as it seems, it turned out to be one to most important days in the Gunners’ history. The 22 October 1949 born Alsace would write his own golden pages in the English football history becoming the longest serving and most successful manager of the North London based club, being one of the most influential individuals in the last 30 years along with Sir Alex Ferguson, and certainly a rejuvenator of the game approach in…

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Yuri Lodygin has been the starter goalkeeper for FC Zenit for the past five years or so since joining from Greek first tier club AO Xanthi for € 500.000 in July 2013. With Vyacheslav Malafeev being solid guarding the Sine-belo-golubye goal, he was originally brought to St Petersburg for a backup role, but the former Russian international’s injury, gave Yuri the chance to shine, which he absolutely grabbed proceeding to make 163 official appearances for Zenit as for today according to Transfermarkt. Lodygin’s time at St Petersburg has also seen him become part of a four title winning team (1…

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Athletes’ debuts are one of the most discussed topics among sports fans worldwide and a potentially significant factor in an individual’s fate in the sporting world. But are debuts really an indicative forecast of a professional sportsperson’s career? Or is it just the speculation and media pressure that makes them highly anticipated by millions of fans around the globe? The Mavropanos Example. Writing my own debut article for Fox Sports Stories, and having watched my compatriot Konstantinos Mavropanos making a great debut for Arsenal in the Old Trafford a few days ago, despite the 2-1 defeat from Manchester United, made…

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