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AFC Ajax – The Youth System Every Club Should Aspire to Have

“You need both quality and results. Results without quality is boring; quality without results is meaningless.” – Johan Cruyff Ajax’s fine youth academy is called ‘Die Toekomst’ or ‘The Future’. Founded in 1900, the club plays the so-called ‘Total Football’ approach in a 4-3-3 system invented by the great Dutch manager […]

Top 7 Goals of Wesley Sneijder

Sneijder (the ‘j’ is silent) was evidently in The Zone back in his Ajax days. By comparison, his best-of reel from Real Madrid are closer in and more on the cheeky side. Yet this is an index of the quality in store for Internazionale. At Inter now, Mourinho was looking […]

Transfer Update: Kaka to Manchester City?

At our sister site EPLTalk.com and on all the major soccer sites, the buzz is about the proposed purchase of Kaka by Manchester City. Representatives from Manchester City have traveled to Milan and a bid has been made, reportedly in the region of £100 million, for the 26-year-old midfielder. This […]

Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

As intriguing as the current edition of the Champions League may be, there’s a chance the 2009-2010 tournament could be one of the strangest, parity-rich events in football history. Seems someone has taken the snow globe that is European football, given it a good shake and the flakes aren’t landing […]

UEFA Cup Group Draw

UEFA held the draw for the UEFA Cup group stage today and some fascinating pairings emerged. Both Martin Jol and Steve McClaren will take their new clubs back to England as FC Twente will face Manchester City and Jol’s Hamburg will take on Aston Villa. This year’s groups are looking […]

Welcome to FC Twente

A quick shout out to Dutch side FC Twente (nicknamed The Tukkers or The Reds) for reaching the Champions League for the first time in their history. Like a more famous team nicknamed The Reds (Liverpool FC), “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is loudly sung in the stadium before every kick-off. […]

UEFA Cup: Bayern bombed out

Let me start this by saying that I expected Bayern to progress but not without a fight. My reasoning was that Zenit St Petersburg would be missing a number of key personnel including the suspended Andrei Arshavin, Radek Šírl and Fernando Ricksen, as well as Nicolas Lombaerts and Kim Dong […]

UEFA Cup Overview

As I mentioned last week, we’re going to take a look at the UEFA Cup, this companion competition to the Champions League. The UEFA Cup evolved from the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was founded in 1955, two weeks after the founding of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup. The original […]

Ajax Out Again – 3rd Round Qualifying Results

The third qualifying round completed on Tuesday and Wednesday (except for the postponed AEK Athens – Sevilla match) and there were few shocking results except for the ouster of Ajax by SK Slavia Praha. This will be a major disappointment for Ajax as they lost to FC København in the […]

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How Do I Love Thee Premier League? Let Me Count The Ways

I’m not ready. The 20th Premier League season begins this weekend but I’ll likely be at the beach rather than watching Liverpool battle Sunderland in the Europa League qualification derby.* While the season has begun in mid-August for decades, now it’s still a jolt every summer. Particularly this year as […]

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