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World Cup Groups, Forecast and Analysis

Obviously I have limited space so I won’t be able to analyze every team in detailed fashion but I’ll try to give at least a couple of lines to every one. GROUP A Needless to say that Brazil are the absolute favorites. Although the South Americans don’t have the most …

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In Neymar, Barça got the ideal substitute for Messi

Finally, the soap-opera seems to have come to an end. Yesterday, in the early morning, Barcelona announced that the Neymar transfer had gone through and that the player had signed a contract with the Catalan club for the next five years. The amount of the transfer has not yet been …

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Why the Spanish League is in Crisis and why it won’t go Away

A year ago, Real Madrid and Barcelona arrived to their Champions League semifinals as heavy favorites. When they were eliminated, the feeling remained that the outcome of their ties might have been unfair. The Catalans ran riot over a fragile Chelsea side but missed the unmissable in front of an …

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Champions League Power Ranking: Quarterfinals Edition

  1. – Bayern Munich “But they lost to Arsenal at home!” Surely some will say, but if they do it’s because they didn’t watch the match. I hadn’t seen a result as unfair as that one in a long, long, time. The Germans were vastly superior, and if they …

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Milan, deserved winners; Barça and Messi, very disappointing

Milan pulled today one of the biggest surprises in a while in the Champions League. If you look player by player, the Rossoneri squad is not even close to Barcelona’s, however, a strong collective effort, a little luck and a terrible match by the Catalans ended up with a result …

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10 thoughts on the first Clasico of the year (plus racist chants)

  EDIT: Just learned about the racist chants to Dani Alves. An absolute embarrasment and something that has to be addressed once and for all by the Spanish FA. It’s not the first time that the Madrid ultras do that in a match, and they have never been punished for …

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Guardiola made the right decision by choosing Bayern

  It was a big surprise. Most “insiders” assumed that Pep Guardiola would land in the Premier League next season. Manchester City seemed the most logical destination. Suddenly, he signed with Bayern Munich. It must have been a meditated decision, as most of what the coach has taken in his …

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Italy, how dare you point fingers?

(EDIT: I would love to know what will Lippi and co. say now after the matches. Not just that there was no “biscotto” but Spain could have taken a goal on purpose in the last minute of their match after the Italian match had finished to send them out. It …

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Ireland: when enthusiasm becomes mediocrity

  (EDIT: I had written this before reading Bill’s post, it meant no disrespect for him of course, just agreeing to disagree) 89th minute of the Spain-Ireland match, Vicente del Bosque’s biys had feasted with the caricature of team submitted by Giovanni Trapattoni. They had scored four goals, but could have …

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Do not always believe in first impressions

  As usual, I write from a train. Now is in one of the next-generation Hyundai ones that the Korean firm had it installed just before the Euro and that, in theory, would mean a step forward in communications between Ukrainian cities. I say in theory because, although the train …