N’Golo Kante – The unsung hero we can’t stop singing about

The compact dynamo’s double tally of the Football Writers’ Association and Premier League Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Player of the Year (that’s a mouthful to say) is probably the least controversial duo of individual awards one can imagine. Capping this off with the PFA Fan’s Player of the Year should only be a formality, barring a global brainwashing or apocalypse scenario.

It can sometimes be difficult to explain him to people who don’t watch football. If you like comics then think of him as “Multiple Man” from Marvel’s lesser followed X-teams. The only time you might see one of him is right at the beginning of the game. Afterwards you might struggle to see fewer than six of him on the pitch at once.

It’s always fun to throw about some stats:

1st highest back-to-back Premier league titles with different clubs (Leicester 2016, Chelsea 2017)
2nd highest tackler in the league this season (114)
6th highest passer in the league this season (2011 passes)
5th highest interceptions in the league this season (79)
0 Career Red Cards 

Who would have thought that the wealthy Premier League’s first genuine challenge to the Messi-Ronaldo hegemony of La Liga is a small Frenchman of Malian descent who you could be forgiven for initially calling a workhorse, just once…


Around the world in 50 football pitches

Turf and Beauty…

Have you played on any of these?

Which of these would you like to play on?

Henningsvaer, NORWAY


Adidas Futsal Park, TOKYO


Munich Olympia Park, GERMANY




Shell Football Pitch Rio, BRAZIL


Ottmar Hitzfeld Gspon Arena, SWITZERLAND


Gangwon Ski Jump Pitch, SOUTH KOREA


Tasiilaq pitch, GREENLAND


Stadion Piran, SLOVENIA


Hasteinsvollur Stadium, ICELAND




Selkirk Football pitch, SCOTLAND


Igraliste Batarija CROATIA


Coroico Football Pitch, BOLIVIA


Bamburg Castle Football Pitch, ENGLAND


Cocodrilos Sports Park, VENEZUELA


Fuglafjørður, FAROE ISLANDS


Tamnogalt MOROCCO


Janosovska Stadium CZECH REPUBLIC


Kuredu Football Pitch MALDIVES


Stadion Gospin Dolac CROATIA


Wakhan Valley, Dzhiland TAJIKISTAN




Koh Panyi, Phang-Nga THAILAND


Autuntheatre Staduim FRANCE


Ghana Field, GHANA


Estadio Silvestre Carrillo de La Palma, SPAIN


Atlanta Station Stadium, UNITED STATES




San Carlos Favela Football Pitch – BRAZIL


Devil’s Tower Camp, GIBRALTAR


Ipurua, Eibar, SPAIN


Saas-Fee Snow Field, SWITZERLAND


Estadi Comunal D’Andorra La Vella, ANDORRA


Vorovoro Football Pitch FIJI


NJ Rijeka Kantrida, CROATIA


Eduardo Souto de Moura Braga, PORTUGAL


Desert Pitch, OMAN


Svanfaskard Stadium, FAROE ISLANDS


Mmbatho Stadium Mafikeng SOUTH AFRICA


Tonciu Football Pitch ROMANIA


Brooklyn Bridge Park UNITED STATES


Pancho Arena HUNGARY


Ascension Island Football Pitch SAINT HELENA


AS Monaco Training Pitch, MONACO


World Games Solar Stadium, TAIWAN


Marseilles Harbour Pitch, FRANCE


Bureh Town Football Pitch, SIERRA LEONE


Hattoheim Football Pitch, NETHERLANDS


Lordegan, Iran



Liverpool Biennial Pitch ENGLAND


Classic analysis on the rules of sport by Alan Partridge in his audiobook I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan.

“Sport, on the other hand, is straightforward. In badminton, if you win a rally, you get one point. In volleyball, if you win a rally, you get one point. In tennis, if you win a rally, you get 15 points for the first or second rallies you’ve won in that game, or 10 for the third, with an indeterminate amount assigned to the fourth rally other than the knowledge that the game is won, providing one player is two 10-point (or 15-point) segments clear of his opponent. It’s clear and simple”

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