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  • Cristiano and Kobe, and why we are all at fault for the abrupt dismissal of the allegations

    The role that the media plays in sexual harassment allegations against sports stars cannot be understated – we are all at fault for cases like Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Kobe Bryant. Diego Simeone’s supporters turned the Wanda Metropolitano into a cauldron of heat and intensity as they welcomed Juventus to their home turf last Tuesday in…

  • What went wrong with Pablo Machín at Sevilla?

    It started so well for Pablo Machín at Sevilla, with Los Nervioneses leading the league in October and dominating teams with pace on the counter. However, slowly the results started to peel away; Sevilla won just two of their last 11 league games and went without a win in their last ten La Liga matches…

  • ‘Boszball’ and what Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz’s rise means for Joachim Löw and Germany

    There are intriguing parallels which can be drawn between Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United’s breathtaking renaissance post the turn of the year. Handcuffed by their managers’ mundane approaches, hackneyed responses to pointed concerns and an overwhelmingly apparent underutilization of electrifying attacking talent at their disposal – here we had two clubs who found themselves in…

  • Athletic Club’s strong principles have carried them to safety

    To be historic is to truly be special. In any walk of life or within any profession, we look to succeed like nobody before us. If we can do it “our way,” we can make that success even more enjoyable and important. The 2018-19 season produced several hardships for Athletic Club. However, now with a…

  • The Under-Appreciation of Massimilano Allegri: A Tactical Maestro

    The night for Juventus following the 2–0 loss to Atlético Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano was nothing short of a disaster for the Bianconeri. After the £88.3 million fee summer acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo, aka ‘Mister’ Champions League,’ Juventus fans firmly held the belief that this was their year to lift the famous trophy. The…

  • How English teams started winning in Europe again

    The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season was arguably the lowest point for English football in Europe over the last 15 years. After Liverpool were demoted to the Europa League after having finished 3rd in their group, the trio of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea were sent packing in the Round of 16. Four years later,…

  • Zidane 2.0

    “It has been difficult from the outside looking in. I am looking forward to working with the players again, to competing again…I want to put Real Madrid back where it belongs.” And here we are: just 284 days after he walked away, 284 days during which two managers were sacked as Real Madrid’s season sank…

  • Marko Pjaca’s Career Derailed by Second ACL Injury

    For a small nation, Croatia has historically been an incredible breeding ground for footballers, and that tradition has been incredibly maintained since the country earned independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Despite containing a population of approximately 4 million, its football team remarkably reached the 2018 World Cup Final, only to be defeated 4-2 by France…

  • From Overweight to Overachieving: Luis Muriel

    “If he wants to talk with me, he should lose 5 pounds. I repeat, he does not speak with me until he has a physique of an athlete, he must work hard.” Those were the harsh words of Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport in July 2012…

  • How Eintracht Frankfurt became Germany’s favorite underdogs

    When Ben Manga became chief scout of Eintracht Frankfurt in July 2016, the club had just finished 16th in the Bundesliga, only staying up thanks to their victory over 1. FC Nürnberg in the relegation playoffs. They exited early in the DFB Pokal second round, and they desperately needed someone to turn them around. Thanks…