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Distinct identities of top European clubs

Part of the charm of club football is that each football club has a distinct identity that is often adopted and justified by its fans, whether they are long-term supporters or glory-hunting bandwagoners. This tongue-in-cheek article runs the rule over … Continue reading

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Gonzalo Higuain: a tribute to El Pipita

In December 2007, Real Madrid announced that they had signed a trio of promising young South American players. Easily the biggest of the three names was Fernando Gago, an elegant deep-lying playmaker who was touted as “the next Fernando Redondo”. … Continue reading

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3 achievements and failures of Mourinho’s tenure at Real Madrid

Florentino Perez has just announced what we’ve known for long – that Real Madrid and Mourinho are indeed parting ways. Mourinho’s position at Real Madrid has appeared untenable in the wake of a hugely disappointing season where the team was … Continue reading

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Why Casillas’ benching was justified

Much has been said and written about Jose Mourinho this week following his brutal assessments of Iker Casillas and Pepe, and more subtle jibes at the media, fan base and the club president. This post is not about Mourinho’s behaviour … Continue reading

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The Big Lewandowski – 4-goal striker leads slaughter of hapless Real Madrid.

As Robert Lewandowski was busy slaughtering Real Madrid and putting in the best ever performance by a striker in a Champions League semifinal, I was 30,000 feet above sea level and happily oblivious to events at the Westfalenstadion. The previous … Continue reading

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El Clasico takeaways – Ronaldo and Messi trade braces, Barca’s mediocre defence, and more.

“They say that sport and politics should not mix but sport and politics do mix, especially when it comes to Real Madrid versus Barcelona.” – Sid Lowe, The Guardian (Oct. 8 2012) I was keen to focus purely on the football during … Continue reading

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Defensive Midfield transfer activity: Granero and Lass out, Essien in.

Real Madrid have announced the sale of canterano Esteban Granero to Queen’s Park Rangers for €8 million. A hardworking player with good passing range and a decent shot, Granero has always been a fringe player during his three seasons with … Continue reading

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Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern (Bayern advance on penalty kicks) – Jose Mourinho post-match press conference.

A wise man once said, “football, bloody hell!” A quarter of an hour into the game, it looked like Real Madrid had the tie in the bag. 2-0 up and with their tails up, things looked good. But an Arjen … Continue reading

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Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich 1st leg post-mortem

As the 90th minute of the game approached, Madrid fans were in heaven. The score was 1-1; with an away goal in the bag and a tied scoreline, Madrid would be heavy favourites to progress at home. Bayern would have … Continue reading

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Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich preview

Note: Be sure to also check out Corey’s extensive preview over at RMFB. On Tuesday, Real Madrid meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal first leg, in one of the classic European match-ups of this century. Having vanquished CSKA … Continue reading

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