As the pass made its way to his feet, destiny propelled it up to the perfect height. It was a breakthrough for Spain after Robben’s miss at the opposite end of the pitch. Then came una pausa. Andres Iniesta struck the ball cleanly and put it in the back of the Dutch net, the hope […]

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Restrained Brilliance

For all its glory, for all its hype, and for all its wait, the World Cup is only a maximum of 7 matches to be played for a team. And that’s only for the two teams reaching the final – everyone else plays even fewer matches. While the seasonal fans may not realize it, the […]

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The Vision of Os Lobos

After their abysmal 15th place finish in the Championship under Paul Lambert, Wolverhampton Wanderers knew it was time to say goodbye. With what is claimed by many to be dubious business on the part of Jorge Mendes, Gestifute, and Fosun, the Molineux Stadium welcomed Nuno Espírito Santo to the helm for the following season and […]

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Long Way To Go

Argentina’s hopes of winning this year’s World Cup were cut short, if not destroyed entirely, by their tumultuous and disastrous qualifying campaign. Messi’s last ditch hattrick against Ecuador secured them a place in Russia but it has seemingly papered over the insufficient preparation time Jorge Sampaoli had to begin working with. Injuries to first team […]

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Great But Not The Greatest

Coming in for Rafa Benetiz in January 2016, Zinedine Zidane didn’t need to command respect from his players – his legendary status as a Galactico had already guaranteed that. He was, for some, a childhood idol and for others, one of the greatest ever to play the game. And as inexperienced as he was, looking […]

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Merci Arsène

“Arsène Who?” Those were headlines of the newspapers after the appointment of Bruce Rioch’s replacement, some Arsène Wenger coming in from Japanese club Grampus Eight. 22 years, more than 1000 games, 3 League titles, 7 FA Cups, 2 doubles and 1 Invincible season later, that very man is stepping down from his role at Arsenal […]

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Barça v Roma – Talking Points

Before I start, the credit goes to Roma last night for showing up with nothing but a winning mentality and absolutely dominating us over two legs. Fans expected them to be a walkover team but for those who had watched Roma, a tough match-up was what we expected. Last year’s remontada means I know exactly […]

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