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  • Olivier Pickeu and Angers: An ugly divorce to end a fruitful marriage

    The Angers SCO Sporting Director, Olivier Pickeu, was dismissed by the club on the 10th of March. He has been at the centre of the club’s fortunes since joining in 2006. From 2011 till today, the same three people have occupied the standout positions at the club. President Saïd Chabane, Head Coach Stéphane Moulin and…

  • Home sweet home for Toronto FC

    With a record of two wins, one draw and two losses in the last five home openers, Toronto FC looked to please a warm crowd on a cool March evening. The site that christened Alejandro Pozuelo last season, who delighted fans by chipping the Revolution’s goalkeeper twice that game, was pleased once again by a late…

  • Is the best Toronto FC yet?

    Heading into Toronto FC’s home opener of the 2020 season, Reds fans can’t help but wonder what to expect to see this season at BMO Field. The departures of Sebastian Giovinco and Victor Vazquez were only partially addressed by acquiring Alejandro Pozuelo last year. TFC general manager Ali Curtis (who squeezed a 2019 MLS Cup…

  • The unbreakable rise of Cyriel Dessers

    It was like every other Sunday in the Eredivisie. Kick off was at 4:45pm CET at the Polman stadion, Almelo. Ninth placed Heracles hosted current champions & leaders – Ajax Amsterdam – who were six points clear of AZ Alkmaar prior to the start of the game. If José Bordalás’ Getafe made Erik ten-Hag think…

  • Analyzing the Championship promotion race

    Championship promotion races are notoriously tight and this season is no different. Whilst West Brom are currently leading the pack by some way, a cluster of teams behind the Baggies are all scrapping with each other to reach the Premier League, or even the top six. With twelve games of the regular Championship season left,…

  • In Which Position Do Lazio Need a Reinforcement the Most?

    Near the conclusion of the January Transfer Window, David Amoyal – Editor of Gianluca Di Marzio’s English Website – asked: “As it stands, in which department would Lazio be best in reinforcing?”. A question that took some time to answer, after reviewing Simone Inzaghi’s squad, four alternatives became visible. In priority, these choices are to…

  • How will the rest of the season pan out for Chelsea following January transfer duck?

    Chelsea fans would have been feeling confident heading into the January window with their transfer ban lifted early. However, Frank Lampard has failed to add any strength to his inexperienced side – leaving him and the Blues’ fans frustrated.  The former England international made it clear he was on the hunt for a striker to…

  • Tactical Analysis: O Clássico

    The Clássico between FC Porto and Benfica is by far the biggest game of the country. The two teams have been almost the only contenders for the Portuguese title in the past 10 years and are not only the best teams on the pitch, put also in terms of their club administration and structure. The…

  • BTL’s Championship Team of the Decade

    GK: Kasper Schmeichel   Kasper Schmeichel is undoubtedly one of the best Championship goalkeepers of the past decade. His career got off to a slow start as he struggled for game time at Manchester City and had to move to Notts County, in League Two, to play regularly. Schmeichel did well at Notts and earned…

  • Austria’s 1978 Odyssey: Chapter 3 – The Miracle of Córdoba

    The second group stage ratcheted the step up in opponents for Austria. Group A was an all European affair, as the Austrians faced Italy, the Netherlands and West Germany. Only the winners of the group would progress to the World Cup final and finishing second meant a trip to the 3rd place playoff. There was…