‘A laundry list of cards’: Portugal v Netherlands 2006

Marco van Basten’s face as he watched his Netherlands squad come apart at the seams on June 25, 2006 World Cup is one you can’t unsee. It’s the face of a young coach who cannot understand both the loss of control in his squad and one who has no understanding of how they got there.…

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Spain’s folly and a look at what the future holds for Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui, whose name is something that resembles the sound you make when you sneeze with a particularly phlegmy cold, has filled the gapingly vacant Real Madrid manager’s post, and came as a surprise. His subsequent firing from the Spain post on Wednesday was an outright shock. The timing is worse than poor as Spain…

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This is Spain

Spain in the World Cup is like butter on bread: without La Roja competing, it’s mere crust. That’s the opinion held by many who hope to see Spain lift the trophy at the end of the games. After the early crash of 2014, many will want to know what changes have been made to ensure…

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Zinedine Zidane and change in Madrid

Most managers dream of Champions League wins, but when you’re at the helm of one of the biggest clubs in the world, a European title is not enough if you can’t back it up with domestic dominance. It’s a tall order for any club. But this is the requirement that is set forth by Madridistas.…

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Atlético Madrid earn fairytale finish in Europa League

Both Olympique de Marseille and Atlético de Madrid headed into the Europa League final on Wednesday deserving the win. But only one team earned it. Marseille haven’t won silverware for a long time. They’ve won the Champions League once, however – in 1993 against Milan, which is better than Atlético can say for themselves. Atleti…

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