Holding Midfield

Celta Vigo’s Czar

Here's a trivia question for you: which footballers have played for three different national teams? Alfredo Di Stefano's a fairly obvious one, but after him it all gets a bit tricky. The answer I'm looking for from this poorly judged introduction is something of a trick: one Mr Aleksandr Mostovoi…

Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva arrived on Merseyside as the hottest property from Brazil. At 20, he had captained Gremio and his national youth side, also gaining senior caps, and became the youngest player to win the Bola de Ouro, joining the esteemed company of Zico, Falcao, Romario, Kaka and Carlos Tevez. Liverpool fans…

Rule of Three

Ronaldinho - Ludovic Giuly - Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona) At the end of the 2003-04 season, it was a time of reflection for Barcelona. In Frank Rijkaard's first season as manager of the Catalan giants he had improved on their previous 6th-placed finish, coming second, five points behind Rafael Benitez's Valencia. Simply bettering Louis van Gaal and caretaker…