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  • The Rise and Fall of Bernard Tapie’s Marseille: Part 6: Le Mec de La Courneuve

    This is the six installation of a six-part series on Olympique de Marseille. You can read “Part 1: L’homme d’affairs,” here, and  “Part 2: La Nuit Les Projecteurs Se Sont Éteints,” here. You can read “Part 3: Nuits Blanches Et Thés Frelatés,” here. You can read “Part 4: La Balance,” here. You can read “Part 5: Les Retombées,”…

  • The Rise and Fall of Bernard Tapie’s Marseille: Part 5: Les Retombées

    This is the fifth installation of a six-part series on Olympique de Marseille. You can read “Part 1: L’homme d’affairs,” here, and  “Part 2: La Nuit Les Projecteurs Se Sont Éteints,” here. You can read “Part 3: Nuits Blanches Et Thés Frelatés,” here. You can read “Part 4: La Balance,” here. You can read “Part…

  • Moments of the UEFA Cup Winners Cup – Part 1: Slovan Bratislava

    With the return of a third-tier competition in European football next season, the UEFA Europa Conference League has been met with the usual snobbery from those who see it as an unnecessary burden. However, the Conference League does bring back memories of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.    Lasting for 39 years between 1960-1999, the…

  • The Rise and Fall of Bernard Tapie’s Marseille: Part 4: La Balance

    This is the fourth installation of a six-part series on Olympique de Marseille. You can read “Part 1: L’homme d’affairs,” here, and  “Part 2: La Nuit Les Projecteurs Se Sont Éteints,” here. You can read “Part 3: Nuits Blanches Et Thés Frelatés,” here. You can read “Part 5: Les Retombées,” here. You can read “Part…

  • The Rise and Fall of Bernard Tapie’s Marseille: Part 3: Nuits Blanches Et Thés Frelatés

    This is the third installation of a six-part series on Olympique de Marseille. You can read “Part 1: L’homme d’affairs,” here, and  “Part 2: La Nuit Les Projecteurs Se Sont Éteints,” here. You can read “Part 4: La Balance,” here. You can read “Part 5: Les Retombées,” here. You can read “Part 6: Le Mec…

  • The Rise and Fall of Bernard Tapie’s Marseille: Part 2: La Nuit Les Projecteurs Se Sont Éteints

    This is the second installation of a six-part series on Olympique de Marseille. You can read “Part 1: L’homme d’affairs,” here. You can read “Part 3: Nuits Blanches Et Thés Frelatés,” here. You can read “Part 4: La Balance,” here. You can read “Part 5: Les Retombées,” here. You can read “Part 6: Le Mec de…

  • The Rise and Fall of Bernard Tapie’s Marseille: Part 1: L’homme d’affaires

    This is the first installation of a six-part series on Olympique de Marseille. You can read “Part 2: La Nuit Les Projecteurs Se Sont Éteints,” here. You can read “Part 3: Nuits Blanches Et Thés Frelatés,” here. You can read “Part 4: La Balance,” here. You can read “Part 5: Les Retombées,” here. You can read…

  • L’última Dansa: Pep Guardiola’s Final Season in Barcelona: Part 2

    In Part One of this series, I went over Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona’s success leading up to the 2011/12 season, in addition to the disappointing transfer window and injury problems, which led to tactical and structural alterations. Although this gave Barcelona an element of unpredictability, it led to a lack of consistency in performances and results…

  • Portugal 1986: Part 2: The Saltillo Affair

    Portugal’s preparations for the 1986 World Cup had so far been a shambles. An incorrect doping test, poor training facilities, unpaid bonuses and inadequate warm up opposition in the form of hotel and bar workers. Such amateur preparations led to growing frustration among the players and it all came to a head on the 25th…

  • Portugal 1986: Part 1: A Troubled Beginning

    Playing in a World Cup is the pinnacle of a player or coach’s career. To test yourself in the world’s premier tournament is the ultimate challenge and a dream come true for many footballers. However, there are times when the dream of participating in a World Cup can turn into a nightmare. No country would…