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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Salah versus Ronaldo – the storyline of the Champions League final?

When I was a smaller lad, running around in the mucky soccer pitch of Bredon Hill Middle School in Ashton-under-Hill, my level of skill earned me the nickname Rhino. My one “skill” was charging at other players who had the ball. Since those formative years, I’ve come to greatly admire and envy those with greater…

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Champions League ICYMI: The finalists have been decided

This week saw the two second legs of the semi-finals take place, and we found out who will be going to battle in Kiev on the 26th May, 2018. In Short First up was Real Madrid v Bayern. Madrid took a 2-1 lead home to the Bernabeu after the first leg in Munich. It was…

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Champions League ICYMI: One foot in the final for Liverpool

The semi-finals are upon us, and this week saw Liverpool, Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich go to battle for a place in the Champions League final. In Short Bayern Munich are in an injury crisis and things got worse against Real Madrid last night. Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, and Arjen Robben all left the…

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The football derby: death by dollars and diplomacy

If you had to describe a derby to someone in three words, you’d probably use words along the lines of “pride”, “passion”, and “emotion”. This might be an outdated perception, however, as in recent years, derbies across the globe have fallen short of expectations. But why? Earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger rested key players…

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Champions League ICYMI: Klopp 1-0 Guardiola

On to the Champions League Quarter-Finals and four games took place this week with some interesting match-ups. Juve v Real Madrid caught the eye, whilst Liverpool v Manchester City threw two of Europe’s most exciting sides together again with Klopp v Guardiola a key feature. In Short I fancied Roma to continue their year of…

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Champions League ICYMI: English clubs not as good as we think

With the first knockout round of the Champions League, came to a close last night, only two English clubs progressed to the Quarter Finals – Liverpool and Manchester City. Juventus, Real Madrid, Roma, Sevilla, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are the other sides who will be in the draw for the last eight. In Short Jose…

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Remembering Liverpool’s Istanbul heroics

There are some football matches that happen once in a lifetime. There are others that are literally historic events, they won’t ever be repeated and they stand the test of time. Istanbul falls into the latter category. 25th May, 2005. It’s a date etched into the minds of every single Liverpool fan, and the minds…

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