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Champions League news and commentary from Kieran Robinson.

Destiny calls for El Niño and Atleti

What do you get for the man who has everything?

For Fernando Torres, a man who has won the World Cup and European Championships (twice) with Spain, Champions League, Europa League and an FA Cup with Chelsea; the chance to deliver a first European Cup to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid may just eclipse all previous glories.

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Football needs no fanfare

There was a time not so long ago when going to a game of football was an altogether different experience to an evening at the theatre or the opera.

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El Arquitecto: Barcelona’s first great Luis Suárez

Two players, two different footballing ages, one famous name.

  • Luis Suárez Miramontes starred for Barcelona and Inter Milan in the 1950s and 60s
  • “The Golden Galician” won consecutive European Cups in 1964 and 1965 with Il Grande Inter 
  • Remains the only Spaniard to receive the Ballon D’Or
  • Won the 1964 European Championship with Spain
  • Led national side to World Cup Finals as coach in 1990

Ordinarily two players with careers taking place 50 years apart, would not be compared but for the coincidence of sharing a name now famous to football fans across several generations. Continue reading El Arquitecto: Barcelona’s first great Luis Suárez

Leeds: How a City became United

FANS OF LEEDS UNITED are no strangers to drama both on and off the pitch.

From the glory of the Revie era, to Brian Clough’s infamous 44 day tenure as manager of the “Damned United,” from winning the Football’s League’s final title before the riches of the Premier League changed everything; to the highs, lows and excesses of the Ridsdale years. Leeds United fans have seen it all.

With new owner Massimo Cellino’s reign at the Championship side beginning with managerial changes, questions around his tax affairs, and a bizarre superstition around the number 17 which saw veteran ‘keeper Paddy Kenny frozen out of the club due to his date of birth; Leeds United fans can expect more headlines concentrating on off-field matters.

However, the story of the Yorkshire football club began in far deeper controversy than perhaps anything its supporters have seen since, and still ranks as one of the biggest scandals in English football history.

Ninety-five years ago, in 1919, following an investigation into financial irregularities, United’s predecessors Leeds City, were expelled from the Football League.
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Roll up for the Premier League sack race

Tony Pulis’ departure from Crystal Palace just 2 days before the start of the new season, began football’s annual managerial merry-go-round; illustrating the precarious nature of a football manager’s position in England’s professional leagues. Continue reading Roll up for the Premier League sack race

Away Days: Blades 0, QPR 3, August 14th 2010

From the vaults: A personal view of QPR’s first away game of the 2010/11 season, a campaign which ended in a triumphant return to the Premier League – originally posted on www.qprdot.org Sunday 15th August 2010

Just Recovered . . . 

Sometimes I wonder why I do it?

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Tiki-Taka: Explained

Tiki-Taka is a set of tactics and style of play which aims to make the best use of space on a football pitch though precise, patient passing and the fluid movement of players between positions.

The aim is to monopolise position and possession of the ball, thus limiting chances for the opposition and creating regular chances for players to score.

When played well, it can lead to some of the most beautifully exhilarating scenes in sport, yet when plans go awry; it can also bring some of the most frustrating.
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