Remembering Erik Lamela: Replaced But Still Worthy

Sprinting in triangles, chasing lost causes, lunging in recklessly… I miss the energy of Erik Lamela. Though desperately lacking in something, he was starting to become a bit of a cult hero at White Hart Lane for his effort, ever-improving capability and class. Some rightfully sneered at his £30m transfer figure, but Pochettino was beginning to…

Remembering Luka Modric: Tottenham’s Best Player In A Decade

Nine years ago on Wednesday, Juande Ramos’ Tottenham beat away the competition of Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle and Franck Rijkaard’s Barcelona to secure the signing of the highly touted Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb. At 22, he was a regular feature for Slaven Bilic’s Croatia who had played such an antagonist’s role in eliminating England from…

Fight or Flight? How Nervous Tension Impacts Football

Not to be confused with pressure – nerves and physical tension, biologically combined wreak havoc with the human body. Yet its effect on the game remains abstruse. As an emotional concept, nervous tension is defined as a ‘mental or emotional strain’; ideas that football fans know all too well, as they head into the weekend.…

Driving down The Pacific Coast

Now that we’re back in Costa Rica, we have rented a Toyota Fortuna (aka big bastard) to drive down the Pacific Coast of the country to conclude our trip.  Our first stop, Rincon de la Vieja; yet another national park with tubing, canopy tours and waterfalls. We went with the more economical choice, a remote…