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    Five trophies won in one season, conquering Europe and returning to the summit of club football – surely the flawless Bayern Munich couldn’t improve further? On 16th January 2013, manager-less Munich confirmed that Pep Guardiola would come out of his managerial sabbatical, and would become the new manager of the club. It was a move that shook the world, Chelsea were after him, Manchester City were after him, but why did he choose a club that seemingly couldn’t […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Feb - 12 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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  Spain remain many people’s tip to win next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, despite the tough group they were handed in December’s draw. The question is; can Spain retain their world crown and win their fourth major title in a row? Their opponents in Group B are Netherlands, Chile and Australia. As I said, a tough group. Australia are not good at all, and will likely lose all three matches, but as for the other two, it couldn’t […]

Posted by James On Dec - 19 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      The Switzerland born Croatian international was always destined for the top-level.   He began his career at FC Basel impressing top clubs around Europe even as a youngster. As he progressed through the youth ranks, it was clear Rakitic would become a key man to the Swiss side. In his second season with the first team he was to become an established regular and would contribute to the side’s success – scoring 11 goals in 33 Super League […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Oct - 16 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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        Sevilla host Freiburg at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday evening hoping to continue the winning start to their Europa League campaign. The Spaniards opened with a 1-2 victory over Estoril however have been on a poor run of form in the Spanish league. The Andalusia side currently stand 14th in league having only won once in their last six games. Their opponents have suffered a worse start to their league campaign and only managed […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Oct - 2 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Real Sociedad v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Play-offs: Second Leg

    There’s a danger that Real Sociedad’s Champions League adventure will be over almost as soon as it’s begun. Unfortunate enough to be drawn in a tough group, they lost a key opening home match and the tough fixtures will continue to come thick and fast. If they don’t get something from this difficult encounter they run the risk of being cut adrift from the sharp end of the table after just two games. That would be a tough […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Oct - 1 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      I’m loathe to jump on the bandwagon and conclude that the Bundesliga has overtaken La Liga on the basis of two matches, but I can’t deny that the events of the last twenty four hours have made me consider the possibility.   The comprehensive nature of both German victories in the Champions League semi-finals were clear proof of the quality in the Bundesliga, of course. The fact that Borussia Dortmund, previously conquerors of Malaga of course, had […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Apr - 25 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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          The Champions of Spain against the Champions of Germany. 2nd in La Liga against 2nd in the Bundesliga. 1st and 2nd from this season’s group of death.   Do these sides want anything more in common with each other?   The semi finals certainly feel like Déjà vu, especially as Real Madrid face another German side in the last four, replicating last year’s events. The big question is, can Los Blancos go that one step […]

Posted by Forza Futbol On Apr - 23 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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    The draw for the last four of this season’s Champions League has been made, and it has thrown up some intriguing match ups. FC Barcelona have been paired with FC Bayern Munchen, while Real Madrid will square off with Borussia Dortmund again, having already met in the group stage.   For me, one thing is clear; the best four teams in Europe at this moment in time are in the semi finals. Don’t agree? Well, I’ll justify my […]

Posted by James On Apr - 12 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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      It has been known for ages but most were happy to ignore the elephant in the room. In recent weeks the heat has been turned up from abroad in La Liga. In Germany and in England all were asking how a government could ask for a bailout, tax and cut expenses of its people whilst it allowed football clubs to walk around like they were exempt. For years now the state of Spanish football, in economic terms, […]

Posted by Garreth Nunn On Apr - 2 - 2013 1 Comment READ FULL POST
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      This has the pleasing feel of an old-fashioned European tie, with home advantage on the second leg appearing crucial and Dortmund’s capacity for scoring away goals a real concern fur Manuel Pellegrini.   A cursory glance at Dortmund’s away results in the Champions League this season will tell you that they don’t tend to cover up and go defensive on the other side’s patch, and certainly don’t fear going into their opponents’ stronghold!   In the group […]

Posted by Mark Griffiths On Apr - 1 - 2013 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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