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  1. What Defines Success in South Africa?

    Today, the US returns to the country where four months ago they experienced greatness and disappointment, and are once again being led there by Bob Bradley.  This time the stakes are much lower, as the team is playing a midweek … Continue reading

  2. Are British Tactics Not So Stupid After All?

    When continental football connoisseurs talk about beautiful football, the Premier League is never mentioned. Spain provides passing, technical quality and thrills from teams outside the big two. Italy, while being dour, somehow manages to be elegant at the same time, … Continue reading

  3. Prandelli Picks Ledesma For Romania Friendly

    An international break is coming up this midweek, and Prandelli is preparing Italy for a friendly against Romania. From the 23 that the former Fiorentina coach has picked, you have some new inclusions like Lazio’s Argentinean-Italian, Cristian Ledesma, and the … Continue reading

  4. Inter’s Decline Under Rafael Benitez

    Under Jose Mourinho, Inter gradually developed an aura of invincibility, and their defence – generally made up of Maicon, Lucio, Samuel and Chivu (or Zanetti) – had become the envy of the rest of Europe. The Nerazzurri had finally brought … Continue reading

  5. Is Jeffrey Bruma the Man to Solve Chelsea's Defensive Woes With Alex and Terry Sidelined?

    The BBC has reported that Alex has joined Chelsea’s growing defensive injury list and is estimated to be out of action for between 6-8 weeks with a knee injury that requires surgery.

    With John Terry injured this leaves Chelsea with only one fully fit recognised centre back and a major selection headache for Carlo Ancelotti as the decisive festive period approaches.

    Against Sunderland Paulo Ferreria deputised at centre back however whilst a useful bit part player he is nowhere near the standard required to play at the heart of the Chelsea defence and alternate options are a must if Chelsea are remain competitive.

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