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10 Players to Watch in the 2013-14 Bundesliga Season

The 2013-14 Bundesliga season has already kicked off, and there are 10 months of intrigue ahead of us. Here are 10 players to watch in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season: 1. Thiago Alcantara Having been signed by Bayern Munich for £21.6million, Thiago Alcantara will have to prove that he belongs among […]

Serie A Preview – The Resurrection of Juventus

Mention the 2009-2010 season to Juventus’ 170 million fans and they will shake their head in disgust.  Italy’s most successful and beloved soccer team was a shell of itself, missing out on a European tournament spot due to poor play and aging players.  It is not a coincidence that the […]

Juventus ready to sell

Juventus had a disappointing 2009/10 season, last summer they signed Diego and Felipe Melo in hopes of ending Inter’s title run, but the two failed to deliver the scudetto. Now Juventus is beginning to change, with Andrea Agnelli as the president, Beppe Marotta as the general manager, and Gigi Del […]

Juventus: New Coach But Same Old Results

New Coach Alberto Zaccheroni saw his first game in charge end in an unflattering 1-1 draw with Lazio. Just like in previous games, the Bianconeri conceded late in the match. Against Roma (in Serie A) and Inter (in Coppa Italia), the Old Lady lost both games after taking a 1-0 […]

The Errors of Juve’s Management

There has been widespread criticism of the Bianconeri board and its directors yet there are some obvious aspects which have been overlooked by the reporters and fans alike. The Juve management has actually erred in allowing Pavel Nedved to retire, in hiring Cirro Ferrara to lead the team and in […]

The Silly Season (€54.5 million! What Recession)

Armin Veh was announced as Wolfsburg’s new manager after their title celebrations. The ex-Stuttgart manager will now try and replicate his 2008 Champions League form. It should be easier with the imminent loss of Dzeko and Misimovic. Mario Gomez became the most expensive player in Bundesliga history, swapping Stuttgart red […]

The Bundesliga Rumor Mill

It has been an interesting week in rumors. First the managers! Hoffenheim will say goodbye to Ralf Rangnick because he wants to spend money this summer. They will then say hello to Jurgen Klinsmann, who is the epitome of frugality. After all, he only forced Bayern to rebuild it’s training […]

The Bundesliga Rumor Mill

Here is this week’s round up of transfer rumors. Of course the big news has been about Klinsmann’s replacement. Wenger is probably off the table after Rummenigge’s pleasant comments about the Arsenal manager, but the list of manager’s linked is fairly absurd: Jol, Ancelotti, Van Gaal, Hiddink, Gerets, Hitzfeld, Veh, […]

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England Lose, But More Injury Woe For Gerrard

England’s poor 2010 concluded as they slid to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to France, but the night may be remembered for the “Club v Country” debate returning once again. Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry and captain Rio Ferdinand all picked up injuries for the Three Lions, summing up a generally […]

Paddy Powers Stoke City to Aston Villa Shock

Picture from The Telegraph via Getty Images. Maybe Tony Pulis was right. Mamady Sidibe’s header gives Stoke City a shock 3-2 win at the Britannia Stadium. If you heard me this week on The Third Half, I pretty much mocked the fact I pulled this game out of the hat […]

US expects more people will be charged in FIFA probe

Zurich (AFP) – The US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday that she expects more people will be charged as part of her office’s probe into graft at world football governing body FIFA. “We do anticipate additional charges against individuals,” Lynch said of the investigation which has so far targeted […]

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