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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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