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The Transfer Market Food Chain

  After a World Cup’s worth of transfer speculation, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward typically felt the need to offer some headline-creating words of his own. “Our financial position allows us to do things in the transfer market that most other clubs cannot do,” he said last week. It was quite a statement, especially […]

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How the Hummels hole nearly sank Germany

…Easily the most modern defender at Löw’s disposal, Hummels could probably try his hand at playing midfield for the right team. The Dortmund defender is comfortable on the ball, boasts an excellent eye for a long pass, and loves to bound forward whenever the opportunity arises. He started out as a striker in Bayern Munich’s […]

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Arsenal and Manchester City: the key Champions League lessons

Forget all the nonsense being written across the tabloids…. This by Michael Cox is what clubs and their fans should be concentrating on. Playing a more ‘English’ style can cause problems  … Bayern are a more powerful side than Barcelona, but they had no answer to Arsenal’s extremely forceful start at the Emirates, seemingly unable to deal with […]

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Arsenal 0 Bayern 2 (Arse2mouse)

When you come up against a bully, they best thing you can do is give him a swift punch in the nose.* Tonight, Arsenal faced the biggest bully in Europe and gave him a proper jab to the proboscis. But this German bully recovered, with a little help from the referee, and proceeded to give […]

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4-4-2 is becoming trendy again

…When Barcelona were Europe’s dominant force between 2009 and 2011, for example, it was extremely difficult to tell whether strategy would move in the first respect (further evolution) or the second respect (a shift toward an opposing style of play). In the end, Bayern’s success last year probably represented a hybrid of the two: They […]

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Is Danny Wellbeck the English Thomas Muller?

  There’s enough similarities in their games to start comparing the two. Both of them have come up through the youth systems of the dominant clubs in their countries. Both represented their countries at an early age and have become key figures. And they both have a an athletic skinny frame with spindly limbs together […]

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Guardiola’s golden image already tarnished at Munich

… The 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Allianz Arena bestowed another, altogether tinier treble of three friendly titles on the team and their new manager, Pep Guardiola, but the 42-year-old was on the defensive in the subsequent TV interview with the local broadcaster. Are you – despite the team’s problems – optimistic for the new […]

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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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Ballack: a nearly man or an undisputed midfield genius?

The former Chelsea and Germany midfielder says farewell to football in Leipzig on Wednesday – but what will his legacy be? On Wednesday night, in Leipzig, a former international will say goodbye to football. He won four Bundesliga titles and three German Cups. He won the Premier League title with Chelsea and three FA Cups. He represented Germany 98 […]

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Champions League Final: Is fussball coming home?

With Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday, thousands of German fans will be heading to the home of English football, Wembley. But is it also the home of German football? “Fussball is coming home” ran the headline in the Bavarian-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung early in May, as Bayern Munich beat […]

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