Tag Archives: Lionel Messi

Spain

Martino faces uncertain future

There are very few people who, as fans of football, would turn down the opportunity to manage Futbol Club Barcelona. However, as Premier League followers have witnessed at Manchester United this season, it can sometimes contain more pitfalls than positives.

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Spain

Valdes proves his worth to Barcelona yet again

Throughout history there have been sporting sides with members in it who are often an after thought or deemed to not be as important as others. The headlines following Barcelona’s Champions League tie with Manchester City largely centred around Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi but there would be a good argument to suggest that their goalkeeper Victor Valdes was as, if not more, important in the Catalan’s win.

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Spain

Ronaldo vs Messi: Did the right man win?

With a higher scrabble score for his name (eight to seven), we can’t help but look at the numbers and think Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the 2013 Ballon d’Or. The trick will be repeating the feat and proving the vote wasn’t won more from sympathy of having to compete against the man that had won each of the previous four titles.

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England

Regal Rooney returns

With everything that went on at Manchester United this summer it was going to be hard to predict how their season would transpire. The change in manager is, and has been, huge but the return to the fold of Wayne Rooney has been their biggest success thus far. Over the last few weeks he has been imperious and looks back to his regal best at Old Trafford.

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Germany

Guardiola making doubters look foolish

How could Josep Guardiola possibly improve a side that has just won every trophy possible the season before? Why does a coach who has lead the best players in recent times to unprecedented success at Barcelona really deserve that much credit?

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My Favourite XI

My Favourite XI : Andy Hunter

In a homage to the series returning, I felt it was time to decide upon the players who have particularly caught my eye throughout my life. There are no real parameters for this selection; some have impressed on the pitch whilst others have impressed on Championship Manager during its many guises. As stated in the rules, this is not a ‘best ever’ side but merely my favourite players.

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Germany

Guardiola will enhance Bayern

When Pep Guardiola was appointed as the new coach of Bayern Munich in January he was taking over at a club who were seen as perennial underachievers. A mere matter of months later and suddenly the Spaniard was walking into a club who had just won an unprecedented treble and could surely not repeat the feat.

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Spain

Why the fuss over Neymar’s fee?

When Neymar’s deal to Barcelona was confirmed a few weeks ago it came as little surprise. Negotiations had been underway for a considerable amount of time and his destination appeared inevitable. Having spoken openly about his admiration for the Catalan giants and rumours circulating about supposed down payments already being agreed, the only question remaining was the total transfer fee.

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