Pep Guardiola asked to be Barcelona’s guest of honor at the Champions League final

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be invited as Barcelona’s guest of honor at the Champions League final in Berlin. Earlier today, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner revealed that Guardiola, along with former bosses Terry Venables, Johan Cruyff and Frank Rijkaard, will be asked to attend the June 6 final in Berlin; since the quartet all coached La Blaugrana in at least...
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Despicable racist comments by Arrigo Sacchi are another sad example of Serie A decline

Arrigo Sacchi’s comments that “there are too many colored players” in Italian youth teams is the latest in a series of racism cases that have emerged in Italian soccer but it is arguably the most revealing. The Italian game is in the midst of a dramatic decline and it is sometimes easy to forget that it was not so long ago that Italy’s Serie A enjoyed an image as Europe’s...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Italy coach Sacchi denies being racist despite 'color' claim

Former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi has denied being racist after saying there are "too many players of color" in youth teams. Speaking at an awards ceremony in Montecatini Terme, Sacchi appeared to take issue with the number of foreign players currently plying their trade in the country. The 68-year-old, who also coached AC Milan and Real Madrid, was quoted by La Gazzetta dello...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

In tough Group B, Uzbeks aim high at Asian Cup

If the 2015 Asian Cup is wide open, Group B appears to be the toughest section of the draw to split. All four contenders - Uzbekistan, China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia - have ambitions of making the latter stages of the tournament. Three of the teams have appeared at the World Cup this century while the other, Uzbekistan, came within a goal of booking a berth at the 2014 tournament...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Possible lineup and prediction

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo: Possible lineup and prediction - originally posted on Real Madrid will be chasing yet another record as Carlo Ancelotti’s men take on Celta Vigo in a tricky encounter at the Bernabeu this evening. Los Blancos will be looking to match the longest win streak by a Spanish club, set by Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona in 2005. Rijkaard’s men...
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December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Appreciating Arrigo Sacchi and His All-Conquering Milan Side

“I never realized that to be a jockey you had to be a horse first”. One of the most famous quotes in the history of soccer came from a man under intense pressure from the Italian media. Having never played football as a professional player, Arrigo Sacchi’s ability to manage a team trying to reach the pinnacle of European football was in scrutiny. Having beaten AC Milan twice...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona defender Alves to play in Premier League next season

Barcelona defender Dani Alves says he expects to be playing in the Premier League next season. The 31-year-old full-back was strongly linked with an exit from Camp Nou over the summer after entering the final 12 months of his contract in June. The Brazil international, who has won 16 trophies at Barcelona since joining from Sevilla in 2008, is yet to receive an offer of a new...
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October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Barcelona start new La Liga season under cloud of uncertainty

BARCELONA --   Spain's league season begins Saturday, still tying up its loose ends in a hurry. Less than 19 hours after the scheduled finish of the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, an event that celebrates the achievers of the previous campaign, champions Atletico Madrid and Spanish Super Cup-holders Real Madrid, Malaga kickoff the new one against Athletic Bilbao. The clock...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bojan Looks To Finally Realize His Potential At Stoke City

It’s amazing to think that Bojan Krkić is only 23 years old.  He burst on to the scene, making his Barcelona debut against Egyptian side Al-Ahly when he was just 16 and even scored in that game too. If he produces strikes of that caliber then he will quickly become a favorite at the Britannia Ground. For Hughes to use Bojan most effectively, he’ll need to deploy him in central...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Pep Guardiola Is One Of The Best Managers in the World

“We are sons of the Dream Team, trying to emulate them,” — a quote used from Pep Guardiola in 2009 to describe the Barcelona team he took over from Frank Rijkaard a year before. The quote was directed towards the ‘dream team’ Johan Cruyff had created in his stint of the club. Guardiola was primarily used as a defensive midfielder; beginning his career for Barcelona ...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Former Chelsea flop scores Europa League stunner for Porto

VIDEO: Former Chelsea flop scores Europa League stunner for Porto - originally posted on Soccerlens.comFootball’s greatest enigma, Ricardo Quaresma, provided yet another example of his boundless talent last night, as he scored a sensational goal for Porto in their 2-2 Europa League draw against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The 30-year-old joined former club Porto last...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pep Guardiola: A Great Manager or A Manager of Great Teams?

Despite being the most successful manager in the history of FC Barcelona, there are those who consider the current Bayern Munich manager to be overrated. Guardiola won thirteen trophies in four years as manager of FC Barcelona, including two UEFA Champions League titles, beating English powerhouse Manchester United in 2009 and once more in 2011. Guardiola is the youngest UEFA Champions...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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