The Tragic Flaw of the Modern Football Manager, and Why Ancelotti is Immune


The history of football tactics is defined by innovators. Managers who specialize in tactical theory and find ways to reinvent the beautiful game are forever engraved in the minds of supporters. It is the era of the philosopher in football, as systems based on ideas of the correct way to play are dominant in Europe’s top leagues. This dogmatic belief […]

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Schalke display their Champions League finest in honourable defeat


Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo 25′, 45′, Benzema 53′) Schalke 4 (Fuchs 20′, Huntelaar 40′, 87′, Sane 57′) During Tuesday’s match, several tweets from both neutral and Schalke fan sites paraphrased the same message: “Not the same Schalke side.” Not the same Schalke side that was woefully inadequate in losing the Revierderby 3-0 to Dortmund. Not the same listless Schalke side […]

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Christoph Kramer is unquestionably returning to Leverkusen . . . unless he isn’t.


“Leverkusen? Nothing has been decided.” That is the quote attributed to Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer in a story published Wednesday. “I am under contract to play in Leverkusen as of summer 2015,” quotes, “As it currently stands, I’m headed there to play, as of this summer. And not just because I must, but because the ‘concept’ there has me completely […]

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Pep’s admiration for world chess champions Magnus Carlsen


Franz Beckenbauer famously said that “Football isn’t chess”; however, these days the word Rasenschach is to be found in many German dictionaries. Translated word-by-word, the expression could be broken down into lawn chess, but – before you start thinking about chess pieces standing in a park being moved around by old geezers – the actually meaning of the phrase translates to a battle between […]

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Verzweifelt und Verflixt


On the way to work this morning I’d be stuck in traffic, and and after fiddling a bit with the car’s in-built MP3 player I’d randomly spin the control to a random track. It would land on the Tyrolean folk group Die Ursprung Buam – and a typically foot-tapping ditty called Verzweifelt und verflixt – crudely translated, “desperate and confounded”. These two words would […]

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Real Madrid Brush Aside Disappointing Bayern Munich


Real Madrid produced a master class in how to play total football as they totally dismantled a rather embarrassing Bayern side Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal meeting, ending the Bavarians’ dreams of a second consecutive treble with a 4-0 humbling at the Allianz Arena. No real chances were produced in the first half until Real […]

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Champions League Preview – Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid


Real Madrid will travel to the fortress that is the Allianz Arena tonight to take on current European champions, Bayern Munich which should be a clash between two Goliaths of European football. The Galácticos currently have the ascendancy in the tie due to 1-0 victory in Spain last week. The winner was scored by the French international, Karim Benzema during […]

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In Defense of Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich’s “Tiki-Taka”


Maybe, just maybe, I am frequenting the wrong corners of the internet, but ever since Real Madrid edged out Bayern Munich at home in the Santiago Bernabeu last Wednesday, all my usual cyberspace abodes seem to have conspired together to develop a singular narrative – “Tiki-Taka does not work.” There are several slight tangents to that particular view as well, […]

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Dortmund exit Europe on high after emphatic win against Madrid


Not quite the wondrous miracle that few actually expected but high-drama all the same. Real’s players joyfully celebrated the 2-0 defeat at the final whistle as they might when winning ‘El Clasico’ in the Nou Camp, Barcelona. Games can change on fine margins and Real clearly struggled to come to terms with Angel di Maria’s penalty ‘miss’ just after the […]

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