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Bacary Sagna Could Be the Perfect Replacement For PSG-Bound Dani Alves at Barcelona

Barcelona’s long-serving right-back Dani Alves is reportedly on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), with L’Equipe reporter Jerome Touboul claiming the Brazilian is ‘99.9% certain’ to join the French champions in the summer. This move could well be the catalyst for Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna, who is said to be set on […]

La Liga Jornada 31 Review: Xavi’s Foresight and Pep Guardiola’s Tactics Lead Barcelona Over Real Madrid in El Clásico

Throughout Barcelona’s two-year run of groundbreaking excellence, Josep Guardiola i Sala role as a tactician tended to be undervalued.  He reinstituted the “Total Football” concept that Johan Cruyff, Guardiola’s former manager at FC Barcelona, instilled when he was a player and a manager at the club, and he changed the […]

La Liga Review: Has Barcelona Been Figured Out?

A ridiculous question with what should be a simple answer.  First, a cursory investigation.  Is Barcelona on top of the standings in La Liga?  Yes.  Has Barcelona obtained sixty-one points from twenty-four matches, one more point than it had at the same point last season?  Check.  Does Barcelona have the […]

Villarreal Spoils Barcelona’s Party at the Camp Nou

A festive atmosphere enveloped the Camp Nou on Saturday evening as the boys of the Blaugrana celebrated their unprecedented six-trophy year with their Barça faithful.  Villarreal was a mere afterthought as the Barcelona players deservedly received their plaudits for a year of literal perfection.  Even Villarreal showed them respect before […]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Mixed Bag in Barcelona’s 3-0 Victory over Sporting Gijón

Writer’s Note: Unfortunately, WordPress does not recognize the “c” with an accent mark, so Bojan Krkic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s names will not include an accent mark above the ” c.” It is easy to overreact and overanalyze after one match and assume that whatever happens in that match will become […]

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Bundesliga Friday Preview: Koln Host Hoffenheim

FC Koln manager Zvonimir Soldo will be disappointed with the way things are going for his side this season. With only four points from their first five games, and disappointing losses to Kaiserslautern, Mainz and Werder Bremen, Soldo will definitely be looking for a change of pace against Hoffenheim on […]

Interview with Keir Radnedge

During a recent trip to Miami, Kartik Krishnaiyer and I had a chance to interview Keir Radnedge, the former editor of World Soccer Magazine and an author of more than a dozen books including The Complete Encyclopedia of Soccer. For many of us, World Soccer Magazine was a staple of […]

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Arsenal and Tottenham have halted their race for Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi

Things are heating up in North London between Arsenal and Tottenham, with last weekend’s results leaving Spurs only two points behind the rival Gunners, who sit in fourth place in the English Premier League. But it is not just on the pitch where the competition is picking up. Both teams […]