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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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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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Guardiola attacks Barcelona to hide Thiago’s signing ?

Read a summary of how Barca supporter Francesc Tomas feels about the recent war of words between Pep Guardiola and FC Barcelona. . …In what many initially considered a surprising move, he decided to join the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena.  Recently, Bayern Munich directors Hoeness and Rummenigge explained that their first contact with Guardiola took […]

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Neymar cost 57 million euros

FC Barcelona vice-presidnet Josep Maria Bartomeu reveals financial details of the deal between Barça and Santos for Neymar, who now has a buyout clause of 190 million euros Zubizarreta, who admits the Club received a scouting report on Neymar in 2011, is clear that “we will experience many magical nights of football at the Camp […]

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Has Messi’s Goal-Scoring Obsession Hurt Rather Than Helped?

It was the cruelest of blows. Lionel Messi’s recent muscle injury has left Barcelona hamstrung at the worst possible time and seemingly contributed to the Catalans downfall in the Champions League semi-finals after a half-fit Leo failed to help his team in the Blaugrana’s brutal battering at Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. It looked like extremely […]

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Dante confident about Bayern Munich’s chances against Barcelona

…Dante’s team had just won the Bundesliga title with six games to spare but celebrations were disappointingly muted. With the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus three days away, the club had decided this was not the time for festivities. Ritual Bavarian “beer showers” and the donning of naff T-shirts were ruled out. However, Dante, […]

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Neymar to Barca – a catastrophe in the making?

Barcelona need Messi. Boy, do they ever. Against Paris Saint-Germain, this immortal team appeared fallible. Without their god-like genius, hamstrung in more ways than one, they were second-best; ponderous, susceptible, beatable.Then he arrived, like a battle-scarred war hero, from the dugout. He played a part in the defining goal, and a far more substantial role […]

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Real Madrid usurp Manchester United as richest club in the world

Read Madrid have usurped Manchester United as the richest football club on the planet for the first time since Forbes magazine began their rankings in 2004. The Red Devils have sat at the top of the list for nine years in a row but Jose Mourinho’s men are now worth $135 million more (€103m) at […]

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Gary Neville: Messi – His mere existence means anything is possible.

People often talk about great players and I have always thought the definition was someone who consistently delivered in major tournaments, making the difference in World Cups, Champions League trophies or league titles. In our league, think about how Robin van Persie dominated the early part of the season, winning the games for Manchester United […]

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