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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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Martino defends approach

Gerardo Martino has suggested that there would be less criticism of his tweaks to Barcelona’s style if he were from the Netherlands or had come through the club’s La Masia academy. Pundits in Catalonia were quick to notice that Rayo Vallecano had actually had more possession of the ball than Barca during Saturday’s meeting in […]

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Top 10 transfers that never were

ESPN FC writer Nick Miller examines the top 10 transfers that never quite happened. TKTG narrows it down to the ones that really matter…. 10 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal Arsenal seem to crop up quite often in regards to nearly signing players, from quibbling over a fee in the region of £4 million for […]

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Everyone’s a liar during the transfer window

… From the other side of the negotiating table, Spurs were saying much the same thing. Their official statement noted that they did not want to sell Bale but that his resolve to leave was decisive. He had forced their hand; they had little choice. Coach Andre Villas-Boas added that “the pressure we were subjected […]

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Why Real Madrid had to sell Ozil

  While Arsenal fans rejoice at the arrival of Mesut Ozil, Ben Hayward of Goal.com reveals why Real Madrid may have done the right thing in the end by selling one of their best players to Arsenal for the hefty sum of  €50m. “Don’t sell Ozil,” they screamed. The fans had come along to the […]

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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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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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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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