Tag Archives: Sid Lowe

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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Atlético end 14-year Madrid curse

… Historic is the word. This may even be Atlético’s greatest ever night. “If we win it will be forever,” Adrián had said before the game. Diego Simeone said he didn’t know where it ranks in the club’s history. But, he added, “in many years’ time, it will be remembered.” And how. Atlético had not […]

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What a difference eight days make to Real Madrid’s fortunes

It was the then Athletic Bilbao manager Joaquín Caparrós who said “you go from whore to nun in five minutes” and José Mourinho would probably agree. … Mourinho and his team are still standing, stronger than ever. Real Madrid were confronted by eight days that would define their season and how the coach will be remembered; eight days later […]

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Barcelona’s black night (vs Milan)

Sure, there is talk of a comeback, but the future is conditioned by the past and the past does not invite optimism in Barcelona. Jordi Roura’s words were bullish but the way that he delivered them was not. “We have total conviction that in Barcelona we’ll go through,” said Barcelona’s assistant coach. “This is a bad result […]

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Pep Guardiola the perfectionist

The former Barcelona manager would get guarantees denied others at Stamford Bridge but would he really fit there? The day Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Barcelona he walked out of the Camp Nou offices, gathered the media round him and let rip. “The philosopher broke my heart,” he spat. The philosopher was Pep Guardiola and the phrase […]

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Radamel Falcao – The Complete Goalscorer

Radamel Falcao displays eye of the tiger to fire Atlético Madrid to win. Radamel Falcao had scored 182 goals in his career but not one of them was a free-kick. He made his debut in the Colombian league at 13 and became a starter for River Plate in Argentina at 19, scoring seven in his […]

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Sid Lowe – La Liga returns

  ” Sometimes, somehow, football finds a way. The opening night of the new season was one of those times. They can sell your best players, asset-strip your dreams, cut the cable on the back of your TV, and destroy your chances of winning anything ever again. They can try to empty stadiums of fans […]

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La Liga Preview – Sid Lowe

Real’s and Barça’s ability to make the impossible look easy has crushed the ambitions of La Liga’s other clubs and tarnishes Spanish football’s golden age. ” It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Spain are European and world champions, the most successful national team in history. They completed a unique […]

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