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  • Leonardo Semplici’s steady ship at SPAL

    Situated a stone throw away from the Po river, Ferrara is city in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy that is more known for art and architecture, especially in comparison to their more industrialized regional counterparts.   Its football team does not go by the name of the city but the acronym SPAL, which stands…

  • José Bordalás’s rise to managerial stardom

    It’s been a fairytale season thus far for Getafe FC. And it’s all down to one man: José Bordalás.  Many hadn’t even heard of him until a few weeks ago. So, who is the man that’s being compared to Diego Simeone, the man who has Getafe sitting at 4th place in La Liga, ahead of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Luís Campos: The rise of football’s most underrated sporting director

    Just under two years after he stepped down from his role as the technical director of AS Monaco, Luís Campos vowed to replicate his successes from his tenure at Stade Louis II. “I don’t want to appear arrogant, but I assure you I will create other ‘masterpieces’ like this in my career,” Campos said in…

  • Gattuso’s Milan: A Rossoneri Side in the Spitting Image of Rino

    Every manager has a set of faithful servants in the team; servants who exude how the manager wants things to be done on the pitch. These players are the reflection of the manager and how he wants the game to be played. Without players like these, a manager is bound to fail. Be it Roy…

  • Claudio Ranieri and Fulham: The Tinkerman’s Last Stand

    After a hot-and-cold managerial track record, Claudio Ranieri etched his name into legend when he took a Leicester City side fancied for relegation and miraculously guided them to a staggering Premier League title in 2016. But the man who gained plaudits and admiration from football fans around the world with his smiley, eccentric attitude, has…