Monthly Archives: August 2014

European Roundtable

Can Napoli or Roma unseat Juve this year? If so, who? Ahmad: This says more about Juventus than the other two, quite frankly, and with good reason. Antonio Conte is gone, replaced by AC Milan whipping boy Max Allegri. As … Continue reading

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Squad Depth and Title Challenges: The Arsène Quandary

Alexis Sanchez, winger/”striker”: £30 million. Calum Chambers, right back/centre back/defensive midfielder: £16 million. David Ospina, goalkeeper: £3 million. Mathieu Debuchy, right back: £12 million. In total, Arsene Wenger has spent £61 million this transfer window alone. Here’s the sad part: … Continue reading

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Champions League Group Stage Power Rankings

The Champions League group stage was drawn today. 32 teams from 18 nations have been drawn into eight groups of four. But you already know that. Let’s rank the groups for how interesting, competitive and fun they’ll be. 1. GROUP … Continue reading

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Van Gaaled

My mother once dated a man I didn’t much care for (sorry mom, if you are reading this.) Still, she was my mother, and I couldn’t really say anything while it was going on. When they finally split, I told … Continue reading

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Marseille and the Bielsa Equation

It’s only been only three games into Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure with Olympique Marseille, so jumping to conclusions on many levels is ridiculous, even bordering on stupid. Bielsa had his issues in domestic league play over his two seasons with Athletic … Continue reading

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Manchester City 2, Liverpool 1: A State Of Change

Fernando and Yaya Toure’s midfield relationship from Newcastle carried over against Liverpool. Fernando’s main job was to be apply pressure on whoever had the ball in the midfield, not allowing the trio of Gerrard, Allen and Henderson to have much … Continue reading

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La Liga Roundup: Week 1

La Liga is back! The Spanish first division returned this weekend after its three-month break. The Big Three all picked up points, new boys debuted, and of course, there was controversy. Let’s round it up! – Barcelona 3-0 Elche Last … Continue reading

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