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Barcelona v. United: Final Thoughts

Football is often at its best when it revels in simplicity. And Barcelona used a simple principle to win yesterday’s final: if you never give your opponent the ball, he cannot beat you. Sounds like something out of the Art of War. Maybe it was. United did have some time […]

Three Epic Champions League Finals

As we count down the hours until tomorrow’s clash of titans in Rome, wondering if we’re going to enjoy a goal fest or another penalty kick shoot-out, here’s a look at the most memorable European finals from the last ten years: Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan 2005 One of the most […]

Friday Five: Wembley to Host 2011 Champions League Final, Thierry Henry Unhappy

In a new experiment, I am going to try a weekly wrap-up of news stories that caught my eye but that I don’t think require pages of analysis as I am prone to doing So, here they are, concise and hopefully interesting. UEFA are expected to formally confirm in December […]

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Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 13: Open Thread

We’ve got four matches today in the Premier League involving six sides in the top 8. A win for any of those 6 teams will certainly do them a huge favor — Liverpool and Chelsea can both narrow the gap behind Arsenal to 4 points. Manchester United could leapfrog into […]

Inter Dismantle Manchester City 3-0 in Baltimore

While this was a mere friendly and many of the starters from both teams were not on hand, the manner with which Inter overcame Manchester City serves as a warning for those aiming to dethrone the Serie A champions and Champions League winners. The Nerazzurri were missing the likes of […]

Why Modern Football is Not a Business

These days, it is common to hear soccer fans saying something like “of course, soccer is just like any other business now.” It is a phrase intended to establish the speaker as a hard-nosed realist, puncturing idealistic delusions about the beautiful game with a knowing appreciation of the forces of […]

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Klopp says transfer committee ‘not a problem,’ had similar structure at Dortmund

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions he cannot work with the club’s transfer committee. The existing set-up, implemented by owners Fenway Sports Group to ensure some sort of continuity with signings, was a constant frustration for predecessor Brendan Rodgers. However Klopp, used to a similar structure at former club Borussia […]