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Johan Cruyff finds it ridiculous Real Madrid have won the league once in 7 years

Legendary Dutch player and coach Johan Cruyff has never been one to shy away from sharing his opinion. In an article published in De Telegraf, the former Barcelona manager criticized Real Madrid for their recent run of form in La Liga. The Spanish press is doing its best to blame the club’s most recent failures on current Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti. Others have pointed...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Interview with Ian Plenderleith, author of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the NASL’

In September 2014, Ian Plenderleith’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League hit bookshelves around the world. Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer is a portrait of the original North American Soccer League and the salad days of the professional game in the US and Canada. Throughout the book, Plenderleith recounts the tales of a league...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona return will see mixed reception

Why Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona return will see mixed reception - originally posted on Soccerlens.com It was 19 March, 2015, and with 37 minutes gone, Manchester City were hanging onto dear life against a ruthless barrage of attacks at the hands of Barcelona at the Camp Nou. Pep Guardiola sat on the edge of his seat alongside his parents at the back of the lower tier, donning a thick...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Johan Cruyff slams current state of Dutch national team

Legendary Dutch international Johan Cruyff has slammed the current state of Holland’s national team in the wake of their 1-1 draw against Turkey this weekend. On Saturday, Netherlands were saved blushes in front of their home supporters after a shot by Wesley Sneijder deflected off striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar into the back of the net to level their Euro 2016 qualifier with Turkey...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Barcelona official blasts current and former players; reveals club secrets

During an interview with the Catalan Newspaper Regio 7, Carles Rexach criticized the eating habits of Lionel Messi, the managerial skills of Luis Enrique, passed judgement on current and former Barcelona players while revealing some club secrets. The interview took place last year, but the quotes have only now surfaced and were published earlier today by the Catalan daily SPORT...
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March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dutch great Johan Cruyff backs Van Praag's FIFA candidacy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Dutch football great Johan Cruyff has thrown his support behind the bid by his longtime friend Michael van Praag to unseat Sepp Blatter as FIFA president. Cruyff says Van Praag, who is head of the Dutch football association and a member of UEFA's executive committee, is ''somebody you can count on.'' In his column Monday in top-selling Dutch daily De...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Messi's latest claims throws wrench into Barcelona's future plans

A different discourse. Lionel Messi's claims that he no longer knows whether his long-term future lies at Barcelona are fruit of the forward's growing frustration at the Catalan club. Once a marriage made in heaven, Messi and Barca could now be set for an unhappy break-up. The Argentine attacker has always said he wants to retire at Camp Nou or at least stay until late in his career...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Cruyff laughs off Laporta claims Barca will sign CR7, Mourinho

Johan Cruyff has dismissed Joan Laporta's talk of bringing Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona as completely without substance. Laporta was president of the Catalan giants between 2003 and 2010 and met with Jorge Mendes - agent of the Real Madrid forward and current Chelsea boss - in midweek. Reports in Spain have been circulating that Laporta will contest the...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Manchester City in danger of failing to reach knockout stage against CSKA Moscow

There is considerable distance separating what it takes to win things domestically, even in the toughest of leagues, and what it takes to win things in the UEFA Champions League. The modern history of European soccer is littered with the carcasses of teams that dominated their countries yet could never put it together in Europe. Real Madrid of the late 2000s. Inter Milan in the middle...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 Best Barcelona Players Ever

Wow, this was tough to limit this to 10 players. I originally had 15 and it was tough to take 5 of those players off because they all deserved to be on the list. Just like with the Real Madrid article, you will not see any current Barcelona players on the list. So that means no Messi although he certainly seems like he’ll end up being 1st when he retires.   10. Ronaldo While...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 Best Barcelona Players Ever

Wow, this was tough to limit this to 10 players. I originally had 15 and it was tough to take 5 of those players off because they all deserved to be on the list. Just like with the Real Madrid article, you will not see any current Barcelona players on the list. So that means no Messi although he certainly seems like he’ll end up being 1st when he retires.   10. Ronaldo While...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Greatest El Clasico Games

As I was researching what to include in the top 10 greatest El Clasico’s, I realized that there are way too many worthy games to put on this list. I’m sure I have left off some your favorites so I’m sorry in advance. I wanted to mix in history, great individual performances and great games to creat a well rounded list so enjoy. 1) Alfredo Di Stefano’s First El Clasico ...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

10 Greatest El Clasico Games

As I was researching what to include in the top 10 greatest El Clasico’s, I realized that there are way too many worthy games to put on this list. I’m sure I have left off some your favorites so I’m sorry in advance. I wanted to mix in history, great individual performances and great games to creat a well rounded list so enjoy. 1) Alfredo Di Stefano’s First El Clasico ...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

High-flying Bayern goes to 'Gladbach in Bundesliga

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Bayern Munich didn't need to rout Roma 7-1 and chat with the Pope this week to convince its Bundesliga rivals that it's otherworldly. That's already the belief. The evidence is compelling: Bayern seems even stronger than in Guardiola's first season, when it won the domestic double. Pep Guardiola's team has 17 goals in its last three matches and conceded only...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Heartwarming Story Of FC United

“It’ll all be over by Christmas”. Alan Gowling (ex Manchester United striker) on the establishment of FC United. For what it’s worth I am a card-carrying member of FC United of Manchester.  I made the decision to throw my support behind the club following the hostile takeover of Manchester United by Malcolm Glazer. Though I still hold an affinity with Manchester United...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Louis van Gaal Doesn’t Like You Either

Louis van Gaal Doesn’t Like You Either - originally posted on Soccerlens.com You probably think you have Louis van Gaal figured out by now, right? You’ve read the articles, you’ve heard the crazy stories about him dropping his pants and showing his balls at Bayern Munich (no, really) you’ve heard the astoundingly egotistical press-conferences, the short temper, the league...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Diego Simeone And Atletico Madrid Play Their Own Version Of “Total Football”

Johan Cruyff, the legendary Dutch player and former manager of Barcelona, was once asked his thoughts on the footballing philosophy known as “total football”. The man, who is arguably the biggest proponent of the football tactic, replied: “Attackers could play as defenders and defenders as attackers. Everyone could play everywhere.” Total football is an attack-oriented strategy...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

FIFA bans Barcelona signing any players in 2015

LONDON (AP) Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters. The Spanish giants will now ask sport's highest court to overturn the punishment, which resulted from the signing of 10 players under the age of 18 to the club's renowned La Masia academy. FIFA found...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

An Age of Extremes – Tiki-Taka and Counter-Attacking Soccer

Let’s face it, we live in an age of extremes – and it’s not only due to our unseasonal, severe weather. As soccer continues to evolve in a bizarre, exponential way, seeing that 18 year olds can be sold for £30,000,000 and that a much-hailed Brazilian team can be completely annihilated in the semis of a World Cup hosted on home soil, it goes without saying that even game tactics...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH Trailer For ‘Messi: The Movie’

Leo Messi will be hitting the silver screen soon when his film, “Messi: The Movie,” will be released in movie theaters and, later, on TV screens worldwide. Directed by Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia, the part-film, part-documentary, takes viewers on a journey from Messi’s childhood in Rosario, Argentina to the highs of international soccer with Barcelona and Argentina. Based on...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH Argentina vs Netherlands, 1978 World Cup Final; The Full 90 Minutes

The 1978 World Cup was a memorable one. The teams played in a vibrant style, the Argentinean fans were wonderful and the pitches were littered with that iconic ticker tape. There are plenty of comparisons you can draw with the current World Cup when you take a closer look at the competition overall. The tournament staged 36 years ago was the last to be held in South America after...
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July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The USMNT’s loss to Belgium showed the gap to the world’s elite is still too large

After reflecting on the USA’s 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium and what it means in the bigger picture of American soccer, there’s an uncomfortable truth fans have to face. The USMNT is still a long way from realistically contending to win the World Cup. Don’t get me wrong, the effort put forth against Belgium was inspiring.  It was committed.  It was a team that played better...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The USMNT’s loss to Belgium showed the gap to the world’s elite is still large

After reflecting on the USA’s 2-1 extra time loss to Belgium and what it means in the bigger picture of American soccer, there’s an uncomfortable truth fans have to face. The USMNT is still a long way from realistically contending to win the World Cup. Don’t get me wrong, the effort put forth against Belgium was inspiring.  It was committed.  It was a team that played better...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Most Exciting World Cup Moments: Number 21 – Total Football

No. 21: Total Football, (Germany, 1974) Every so often, one team can capture the imagination of the watching world. Typically, they are sides that play in a striking style, with unique ideas and ultimately, sample their fair degree of success. In 1974, the Dutch national team—competing at their first World Cup in 36 years—did exactly that. With Rinus Michels at the helm, the...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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