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Retrospective: Milan 0-1 Juventus 2005

October 13, 2015
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Retrospective: Milan 0-1 Juventus 2005

It may have taken the extreme depths and European embarrassments we are currently seeing for everyone to catch on to the fact that the Premier League is pretty terrible at the moment, although it’s lacked real quality since 2011, but there’s little greater evidence of quite how far it’s fallen than the creeping possibility...

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Retrospective: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006

May 3, 2015
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Retrospective: Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal 2006

Amid the back and forth between Arsenal and Chelsea after their dull clash, there was more than a little mistruth flying around. Jose Mourinho is obviously a serial liar, yet the other camp were lacking a little self-awareness. There’s an admittance that the “boring boring Chelsea” chants are an adaptation of an earlier song...

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Retrospective: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool 2001

March 30, 2015
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Retrospective: Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool 2001

With Patrik Berger this week having to deny reports that he narrowly avoided the doomed Germanwings plane, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on one of the Czech’s finest moments: his late cameo in the FA Cup final of Liverpool’s treble-winning season. With Wembley being rebuilt, the match was held outside...

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Best of the dross: Chelsea 2014/15

February 4, 2015
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Best of the dross: Chelsea 2014/15

Like clockwork, Jose Mourinho once again looks a great bet to win the league in his second season at a club. Taking away some of the sheen is the fact that there isn’t really any decent competition, but also that Chelsea themselves aren’t particularly good. Despite their winning start to the season, it first...

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Retrospective: Juventus 2-3 Manchester United 1999

October 15, 2014
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Retrospective: Juventus 2-3 Manchester United 1999

With the release of his second autobiography, the football news has been flooded with an abundance of stories from Roy Keane’s career. Individually, they are quite amusing – him deciding against signing Robbie Savage when his “whassup” answering machine message reminded him Savage is a terrible human being or the realisation that a move...

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Then Carragher took Mario and had him flogged

October 10, 2014
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Then Carragher took Mario and had him flogged

It took Jesus Christ 33 years to be crucified, so, at age 24, Mario Balotelli looks a decent bet to beat his time. It was always inevitable that at some point the Italian was going to face belligerent criticism, but the special blend of the English media’s unique brand of hysteria and them actually...

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Contrasting defending in the Madrid derby

September 25, 2014
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Contrasting defending in the Madrid derby

About a year ago, we highlighted some similarities between the Real Madrid of today and the Galacticos of Florentino Perez’ last spell as president. Them winning their tenth Champions League would seem to disprove the idea but after their transfer dealings over the summer. In retrospect, Gareth Bale’s signing was the equivalent of Ronaldo...

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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Two Games, Two Results

August 21, 2014
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Liverpool vs Manchester City: Two Games, Two Results

There were two distinct sides to Liverpool last season. The Jekyll and Hyde comparisons were usually reserved for the difference between their attacking and defending, but those were typically two sides of the same coin: Liverpool conceded so many goals in part because they pushed so many men forward in attack. Rather, the key...

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Retrospective: Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland 2002

June 7, 2014
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Retrospective: Germany 1-1 Republic of Ireland 2002

Remember the last time Louis van Gaal was in charge of the Netherlands and didn’t qualify for the World Cup despite having Edgar Davids, Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert and Phillip Cocu, finishing four points behind an Irish side managed by Mick McCarthy, who then went on to break...

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Whitecaps v Galaxy Take II – Beitashour runs free against diamond midfield

April 28, 2014
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Whitecaps v Galaxy Take II – Beitashour runs free against diamond midfield

The Vancouver Whitecaps and LA Galaxy played a home and away series over the past week, which has highlighted the Whitecaps’ strength in youth and Robbie Keane’s clinical finishing. The first game a week ago in Los Angeles, where Vancouver have never won, ended in a 1-0 win for the Galaxy decided by Robbie...

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