Archive | July, 2013

Dynasties in decline

Two years ago, Barcelona were competing to be the greatest club team of all time. Cruel fate’s intervention means they have been forced to seek a new direction. …Gerardo Martino, a coach whose experience of European football extends to a single season spent as a player at Tenerife over two decades ago, has been given […]

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Time for Spurs to make transfer gamble

…When news broke on Monday that Tottenham are refusing to meet Valencia’s €30 million asking price for their striker Roberto Soldado, the alarms bells ringing in the office of Villas-Boas and new sporting director Franco Baldini created a din that could be heard in the homes of the club’s vast army of supporters. Tottenham fans […]

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Rooney domino effect creating United quandary

…It was early spring, shortly before that fateful Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, when Alex Ferguson reportedly came to a conclusion. It wasn’t about his future, but rather that of the player once considered the future of Manchester United. Although 27 and notionally entering the prime of his career, Rooney had gradually come to […]

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No lessons learned from Suarez history

This is all starting to feel vaguely familiar. If the build-up to Luis Suarez’s seemingly inevitable exit from Liverpool mirrored that of his departure from Ajax – the wonderful goal-scoring form, the suggestion that he cannot fulfil his ambitions at his current club, the sudden taste for human flesh – then the act of it […]

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How ‘Tata’ Martino sees football

Playing spectacular football and valuing the importance of the players themselves are key aspects of the new Barça manager’s mind-set Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has imposed a very specific style of football in Argentina and Paraguay, the only two countries where he has managed until now. Here we present a series of quotes from interviews in the […]

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Barcelona coach Martino’s ideology shaped by Old Boys’ network

… Newell’s had won the Apertura championship in 1990-91, playing brilliant, vibrant football but, exhausted, they had stuttered badly in the Clausurachampionship and were even worse in the Apertura in 1991-92. In the whole of 1991 they had won only nine of 38 league games. The Clausura had, at least, begun with a 2-0 win over Quilmes but the humiliation against San […]

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Ancelotti’s Real Madrid shows signs of shedding histrionics

…. Throughout the entire evening, though, there were also increasing indications that Real are themselves aiming to return to a more historic, less histrionic approach. This was a Madrid arriving with all of the old class but very little of the recent bombast.  Many would naturally put that down to the simple contrast between the […]

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The Wayne Rooney Saga

A bit “angry” and “confused” with all the rumours, and speculation? The back and forth comments from agents and club representatives hasn’t helped but TKTG will try to make sense of all the madness.  We bring together some of the best articles from around the web on the Wayne Rooney saga and what this could […]

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Football and the obsession with attacking

  Whether a team leads the hunt for trophies or languishes at the foot of the league table, it seems as though every club has come to demand an attractive brand of football from their coaches and players. Is it feasible? Well not always, yet despite living in a result-oriented age where even the slightest […]

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Being Miserly? Indeciseveness May Be Costly For Arsene

This was the summer it would all be different. With an estimated €116 million transfer kitty securing a diamond-crusted path to the top table hosting Europe’s most cash-rich clubs, Arsenal were no longer gazing enviously at the elite. Finally, London’s most successful club could negotiate on equal terms with the continent’s financial superpowers when it […]

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