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Lessons from Germany

The resurgence of German soccer began, like the country’s economic comeback, after a long slide toward stagnation amid dire prophecies of impending irrelevance. The sick man of Europe, as Germany was known a decade ago, could as easily have been called the sick man of soccer. After a disastrous European Championships in 2000 when the […]

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Pirlo doesn’t need the Ballon d’Or to prove his greatness

There can be no doubt that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have stolen the show in 2012 and, as a result, both of them are Ballon d’Or finalists, along with Spain & Barcelona’s highly successful Andres Iniesta. Nevertheless, there are a couple of veterans who have also lit up this year and deserve to receive […]

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Ballon d’Or – The case for Casillas

If one is to believe the headlines, only one of either Messi or Ronaldo deserve to win this year’s award for the best footballer in the world, the FIFA Ballon d’Or. Although other contenders such as Xavi, Iniesta and Falcao have also been mentioned, there is one highly successful player that should be considered – […]

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Passing Grade – Stats of the Premier League

Tiki-Taka. The recent success of the Spanish national team and that of Barcelona has brought the term into mainstream usage, where it refers to a style of play based around short passes and possession. The idea behind the style is to stretch the opposition and force them to change their shape, thus creating space, through […]

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