Past features

Past features

New managers: Martino at Barcelona

October 11, 2013
New managers: Martino at Barcelona

In an ideal world, Gerardo Martino wouldn’t be coaching Barcelona this season. Whereas the majority of Europe’s top clubs were after a new manager this summer because of footballing reasons, Barca were forced to turn to a new coach because of Tito Vilanova’s health problems. Barcelona background That makes Martino’s task slightly complicated, because this summer...
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New managers: Mourinho at Chelsea

September 17, 2013
New managers: Mourinho at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho isn’t so much a ‘new’ manager as a returning manager, following nearly six years away from Chelsea. The obvious advantage Mourinho has over David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini, the other two newcomers amongst top Premier League clubs, is that he has experience of competing (and triumphing) in a Premier League title fight. The...
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Book recommendations

May 19, 2012
Book recommendations

This section is dedicated to book recommendations…
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How the 2000s changed tactics #1: The fall and rise of the passing midfielder

April 24, 2012
How the 2000s changed tactics #1: The fall and rise of the passing midfielder

This article was originally written two years ago, but in the wake of Pep Guardiola’s departure from Barcelona, it seems appropriate to re-publish.
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ZM’s Copa America Best XI

July 29, 2011
ZM’s Copa America Best XI

The outstanding performers from July’s Copa America tournament in Argentina.
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