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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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Barcelona – Champions League’s most successful team

Barcelona are the most successful club in the modern era of the Champions League, according to a Goal study. The world’s biggest football website collated the yearly records of every club ever to qualify for the European Cup under its new banner since 1992 and found that the Catalan outfit pip AC Milan to the […]

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The best of Özil

With Arsenal breaking their transfer record to sign the German international Mesut Özil from Real Madrid; TKTG brings the best articles from around the web. Mesut Ozil can breathe new life into Arsenal’s Emirates era Occasionally transfers have a ripple effect. The deal represents considerably more than the movement of a player from one club […]

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Home Fans with ‘foreign names’ banned for UCL games by Copenhagen

FC Copenhagen have rejected claims of discrimination after the club banned home fans with foreign-sounding names from attending their upcoming Champions League group games. The Danish champions were drawn in Group B alongside Real Madrid, Juventus and Galatasaray, but sent out an email on Friday informing supporters with non-Danish surnames that their tickets were being cancelled […]

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Champions League Draw Round-up

Four former winners with 16 triumphs between them – FC Barcelona, AC Milan, AFC Ajax and Celtic FC – were pitted together in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw. … FC Barcelona and AC Milan, 11-time winners between them, top the bill in Group H. The pair will meet in Europe’s premier club competition for […]

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Football Manager Craze

As the computer game that discovered Lionel Messi prepares to launch a 21st edition, its popularity has never been greater. … “I went and did a gig at Manchester City and met a load of the players,” says the self-confessed City fan. “I met Micah Richards, the defender, and I was a bit rude to him. Afterwards my […]

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Champions League Draw – Playoffs

UEFA Champions League play-off draw League route Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Sociedad (ESP) Schalke 04 (GER) v Metalist Kharkiv (UKR) FC Paços de Ferreira (POR) v Zenit St Petersburg (RUS) PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA) Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Arsenal FC (ENG) Champions route Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Austria Wien (AUT) Ludogorets Razgrad […]

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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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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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