Can Atletico Madrid capitalize on a summer of shortcomings?

The La Liga has essentially been a duopoly for years, as the romanticism of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona clashed against Real Madrid’s flashier Galacticos. But there’s one team who is looking once again break the mould: Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were the defining stars of the game, even outside the country, achieving milestones…

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Heartache from a Hopeful Era: France vs Brazil 1998

There will never be another summer – and World Cup – like 1998. At the risk of being the Generation X equivalent of a baby boomer reminiscing about Woodstock, I am prepared to argue that 1998 represented a uniquely hopeful moment in soccer and cultural history. The Best Soundtrack Let’s kick off with the World…

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The taste of yellow and green tears: France vs Brazil 2006

For the majority of Brazilian people, the Seleção and the World Cup has a valuable space in their lives. You wouldn’t expect less from a nation that won it five times; the World Cup is just a part of who we are. By the time the 2006 World Cup came, I remember the streets in Brazil decorated…

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Best World Cup Kits: France 2006 Away

Why this kit is good: I’ll tell you exactly why: Adidas had a style in 2006 for all their kits that featured sharp wisps gliding across the collarbone, caressing the sides until finally connecting to the shorts like all stanzas of a romantic epic coming together in the most beautiful way. France took this one…

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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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Real Madrid and the quest for greatness

What defines a football club as the world’s greatest? Barcelona’s treble clinching Champions League triumph over Juventus at the Olympiastadion in Berlin in 2015 attracted an estimated global audience of 180 million people and as the world cast its eyes over the most watched annual sporting event, nobody could doubt the worth of the newly…

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