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Is a club’s transfer policy now all (too) powerful?

Carrying on from the recent piece on managerial dynasties,

We look at whether club’s transfer policies now have far more impact on the success of a team than the input of the manager. (more…)

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Can Manchester City continue their evolution?

The Sky Blues have fast-tracked their way to the top table of club football.

After revolution comes evolution and now they face the challenge and the realities of FFP. (more…)

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Karim Benzema’s journey from the next Anelka to Real Madrid mainstay

Karim Benzema was brilliant in the most recent iteration of El Clasico.

He worked hard, made a series of excellent runs and, perhaps most importantly, facilitated much of Real Madrid’s best build-up play. (more…)

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Will Erik Lamela’s ‘Bale-esque’ winner be turning point‏ for midfielder?

Cutting in from the right hand side onto his favoured left-foot..

A swift dip of the shoulder gave him the half-yard he needed to unleash a curling shot past the bewildered goalkeeper from 25-yards to win the game for the Spurs. (more…)

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Eden Hazard: Overrated or one of a kind?

“I am not here to be a star, to show off.”

“I am here to play for the others. I am not the new Messi. I am Eden Hazard.” Eden Hazard, Chelsea. (more…)

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Toni Kroos and Real Madrid, a match made in heaven?

With Toni Kroos having agreed to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for €24 million right after the German World Cup triumph.

Many have questioned which side will benefit the most. (more…)

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Alfredo Di Stefano: The original Galactico

World football was dealt a cruel blow earlier this week.

When the news broke that Real Madrid icon Alfredo Di Stefano had sadly passed away at the age of 88. (more…)

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Gareth Bale: A season review

“When speed and skill come together, it’s called Gareth Bale”

– Real Madrid Online (more…)

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Gareth Bale – The making of a Galactico

“…and Bale is in space again here and Lennon has picked him out.”

“Oh this is incredible!” (more…)

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Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona – much more than just clubs

Barcelona is a team that are known the world over.

Over their history some of the greatest players in the game have appeared for Barça from Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona to Gary Lineker and Rivaldo. (more…)

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The best team of the past decade

Over the past ten years, the football world has been blessed with an overwhelming array of world-class talent.

I have decided to take on the highly debated topic which many of us may never agree on; who is the best XI from the past decade? (more…)

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Is the allure of the Premier League in decline?

Why are so many world stars beginning to choose other leagues over the beautiful English Premier League?

The Football Writer investigates… (more…)

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Top 10 number 10’s in the past 10 years

Over the years the world has seen the greatest players in the number 10 role.

Pele and Diego Maradona can only be described as the most technically gifted players to grace the pitch. A lot of previous No.10 lists have included players such as George Best and Johan Cruyff. I would like to point out that I consider these players as wingers and this is precisely why Cristiano Ronaldo won’t feature in this list. (more…)

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What if..?

Sometimes particular things happen in football that can change history; those moments that define a career, or the destiny of a club.

‘What if he hadn’t missed that penalty?’ or ‘what if he’d signed for us instead’. As many dreamers will believe, everything happens for a reason. But you can’t help but sometimes wonder what may or may not have happened had events transpired slightly differently. (more…)

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