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Tag Archives: Pep Guardiola

UEFA Champions League Preview – Bayern Munich vs Manchester City

Posted on by Sam Okpo
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This is the latest installment of Bayern Munich and Manchester City duel. For many pundits it’s the established against the upcoming or as others say, the serial Champions League finalists up against the group stage enthusiasts. In a sense Bayern … Continue reading

Atletico Madrid Versus Barcelona: The Stage Is Set For La Liga’s First Place Showdown

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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(For US viewers: Atletico Madrid v. Barcelona will be shown LIVE on Saturday, January 11th at 2pm EST on beINSPORT) For the first time in recent history, there’s a fixture on the La Liga schedule worth watching other than ‘El … Continue reading

The Undervalued Importance of Assistant Managers

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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It’s safe to say that if an average soccer fan were shown a picture of José Mourinho and asked which club he managed, he would know the answer straight away. Same would be said for Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, or … Continue reading

Why A Soccer Manager Has The Toughest Job in the World of Sports

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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On April 22 2012, Josep “Pep” Guardiola announced to the world that he would be stepping down as manager of FC Barcelona. That declaration was made by a forty-one year old man who had guided his club to thirteen titles in … Continue reading

Guardiola Steps Down As Barcelona Boss

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After 4 seasons, 13 trophies and hours upon days of exquisite football, Pep Guardiola has decided that a change is best for both himself and Barcelona. Coming directly on the heels of being eliminated from the Champions League by Chelsea … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Semi-Finals: Lionel Tidies Up A Messi Game

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The third installment of this season’s ‘El Clasico’ match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona could have been renamed ‘El Fiasco’. Depending on your outlook, it may have been surprising to see Jose Mourinho’s Madrid squad setup with such bullying tactics. … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 23 Review: Manolo Preciado and Sporting Gijón Shock Barcelona

Posted on by Andy Pineda

There was a time on Saturday night when Lionel Messi actually became frustrated with himself and his teammates.  There was a time on Saturday night when Xavi Hernández could not find the killer pass through the hard-working, organized defense.  There … Continue reading

Copa del Rey Semifinal Second Leg Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings: Feb. 2

Posted on by Andy Pineda

With the league title slipping away from Real Madrid’s hands, their two cup competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey, could be the tournaments that they can realistically expect to win.  Real can stamp its name in … Continue reading

La Liga El Clásico Review: Barcelona Brilliance Buries Blancos

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Josep Guardiola, known for his cool demeanor inside and outside of the technical area, channeled his feelings for all things Madrid when he refused to give Cristiano Ronaldo the ball for a throw-in on the half-hour mark.  Unlike his outspoken … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for El Clásico: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The José Mourinho – Pep Guardiola headline and the Lionel Messi – Cristiano Ronaldo headline have been covered and written many times over, so this preview of El Clásico will try to avoid these subjects and focus on the other, … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 11 Review: Barcelona Produces a Complete Team Performance In Their Defeat of Villarreal

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A select few matches each season define the league in terms of pecking order and/or overall footballing ability.  Obviously, the two editions of El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona usually determine the fate of La Liga’s crown.  More specifically, … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 2 Review: Hércules Proves Its Strength Against Barcelona

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Before this current season, Hércules CF had tasted top flight football only twice in the past twenty-five years: the 1985-86 season, when their neighbors to north, Valencia, also suffered relegation for the first time in its illustrious history; and the 1996-97 … Continue reading

Leaving Barcelona: A (Schizophrenic) Love Story

Posted on by Chris McQuade

Reporting from Camp Nou (although belatedly) As Ronaldinho took to the field, the last player to do so for either team, 96,315 people cheered and applauded. A chant of ‘Ronny, Ronny, Ronny’ started around the stadium. People smiled as he … Continue reading

Inter Milan Completes The Italian Job on Barcelona in the Champions League

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The sprinklers rose up from the pitch and sprayed the Inter Milan players and staff.  The Barcelona anthem, “Cant del Barça,” blared through the loudspeakers as the Culés did not know whether to clap off their Blaugrana heroes or vehemently … Continue reading

La Liga in the Champions League: Sevilla Stumbles While Barcelona Bedazzles

Posted on by Andy Pineda

With the advantage of the away goal, Sevilla looked in prime position to advance to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.  Unfortunately, Manolo Jiménez’s team played as though they were already in the next round.  A 0-0 score line … Continue reading

La Liga Review: Real Madrid Proves To Be A Legitimate Threat to Barcelona

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The Almería – Barcelona match had not concluded when Real Madrid took to the pitch, but a few minutes into their match with Sevilla, they knew that Barça slipped at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos and dropped two points … Continue reading