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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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Debunking the myths of the “Wenger Out brigade”

@cheema10 writes on “Debunking the myths of the “Wenger Out brigade” …I’ve deduced three incorrect notions which they all rely on in order to come to the conclusion that Arsene Wenger should be sacked. I will now explain these three notions and happily debunk them. 1)      “Wenger the Seller” One of the reasons Arsenal haven’t […]

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Gazza downfall a warning to young players

When a young Paul Gascoigne was asked for his footballing hero, he gave an unequivocal answer. Bryan Robson, captain of England, was his choice but the reasoning was troubling. He had not chosen ‘Robbo’ for his bravery, goalscoring from midfield or inspirational leadership. Instead, Robson was hailed above all others because of his ability to […]

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China’s Richest Man Signs Manchester United Sponsor Deal

Bloomberg Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co., the beverage maker owned by China’s richest man, signed a sponsorship deal with 19-time English soccer champion Manchester United Plc to draw sports fans to its energy drink. The three-year agreement will help Wahaha promote its Qili drink in China, the company said in a statement today. The English club may consume Qili […]

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Málaga teach Real Madrid a lesson but cannot fathom Uefa’s punishment

There is disbelief at the decision to ban the club from Europe next season because of ‘significant overdue budget balances’ Manuel Pellegrini told his players he would see them back in work on 2 January, wished them a Happy Christmas and left the Rosaleda carrying a suit and wheeling his case behind him. It wasn’t […]

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Christmas Crackers – the View from Spain

So the apocalypse failed to show on cue. It has a habit of doing that. It was also supposed to take place on December 12 (12.12.12 and all that), but it finally made an appearance on the evening of December 22, when the backside of Saint Iker Casillas was announced by Chendo, an ex-player and […]

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The 100 Best Footballers in the World

The Guardian’s 11-strong international panel of experts set about ranking the best footballers in the world, and end up with their top 100. #99 Diego Forlan Age: 33   Nationality: Uruguayan Team: Internacional The striker became the most capped Uruguayan of all time at the 2011 Copa América and is also the country’s record scorer. That seemed implausible when […]

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Match Report: Swansea vs Man United

TKTG brings together the best articles from around the web on the 1-1 draw between Swansea and Manchester United.   Match Report: ESPNFC Manchester United missed the chance to extend their lead in the title race to six points as Michu came out on top in the battle of the Premier League’s top scorers at […]

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A New Hope – Barca’s next Pique, Marc Batra

His patience has finally been rewarded. Marc Bartra had been persistently praised by Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova in recent weeks, but largely ignored by the Catalan coach – despite the club’s crisis in central defence. On Tuesday night, however, he came of age with an accomplished appearance against Celtic in the Champions League. And there is plenty more to come. … […]

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Guardiola in Chelsea Picture

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is again being linked with a move to Chelsea after intimating that he could make his return to football in London. … It is thought the Gunners are monitoring his situation in the event that Arsene Wenger opts to call time on his long career in North London. … But […]

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