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30
Nov 2011
14:14
By the skin of their teeth

General Articles

Juanma Morán

Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney. With nobody at the controls, how could we stay at the top. Let’s have a look because it’s easier said than done. These players all played together in the Manchester United attack for a while. I wondered then and I am still wondering. Can you compete against such a talented and attacking squad?...
25
Nov 2011
00:05
How can we help to improve the young players in England?

Youth Football

Rafa Benítez

Ever since the Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United, and considering the recent rise of Barcelona ​​with a lot of young players coming through their system, people have been talking about the differences between the Academy systems in Spain and England and the style of football in both leagues. Indeed the Premier League has recently produced a very detailed document (the Elite Player Performance Plan EPPP) that is a further attempt to modify the Academy system in England...
24
Nov 2011
15:44
Champions League Week 5

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Rafa Benítez

Matchday 5 of the group stage of the Champions League began with the match between CSKA Moscow and Lille. It was a relatively easy encounter for the French side, much better technically as well as tactically...
18
Nov 2011
11:59
My opinion on Korean football

Professional Football

Gerard Nus

The first thing I must say is that in order to understand the basis of Korean football you have to know something of the social and historical context of the country, the history of football there and the area around it. South Korea, where I am working, has over the last few decades has improved its standard of living...
17
Nov 2011
12:17
Euros 2012 Play-offs

Professional Football

David Serrano

15 November was the chosen date for finally deciding the last 4 teams that would make up the participants in the 2012 Euros to take place in Ukraine and Poland next summer.

So Croatia, Portugal, Czech Republic and Ireland have all booked their places in the XIVth tournament between European national teams...
15
Nov 2011
00:54
World Cup 2014 Qualifiers in South America

Professional Football

David Serrano

It was the third round of qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in South America where the Paraguay win over Ecuador, 2-1, and the draw between Colombia and Venzuela, 1-1, stood out as well as the Uruguay and Argentina matches...
14
Nov 2011
11:35
World Cup 2014 Qualifiers in Asia

Professional Football

David Serrano

The fourth round of matches in the third group stage of Asian qualification has already eliminated some teams from the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014. There was bad news for UAE, Indonesia, North Korea, Singapore, Tajikistan and Jose Antonio Camacho’s China who all won’t be going to the next World Cup, despite there being 2 games left.
11
Nov 2011
11:06
The European and World Champions at Wembley

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Rafa Benítez

Tomorrow, Saturday 12 November, the Spanish National Football Team will play against England in London. Spain are coming as Champions, having won the two biggest trophies in the last few years, continuing to beat all records and respected and admired throughout the football world...
10
Nov 2011
09:02
Cleaning football's face

General Articles

Antonio Losada

I attended a Catholic elementary school in the late sixties and early seventies in Madrid, Spain. We all received a citizenship grade; and another grade for dedication to our studies; that is, how well we applied ourselves. The citizenship grade carried a moral value that unconsciously weighed heavily in our minds. In the classroom the line between correct and inappropriate behavior seemed to be well defined but in the courtyard and on the sport fields the line became blurred and even disappeared...
07
Nov 2011
01:27
The pose of Buddah

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Juanma Morán

The story of the European encounters between Liverpool and Chelsea can be told in many different ways, although most ardent fans would surely mention the famous Luis Garcia 'goal',,,,
03
Nov 2011
13:19
Matchday 4 of the Champions League Group Stage

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Rafa Benítez

We have just had a new week of Champions League football and as usual it threw up some interesting points to discuss. So, without further ado, we will look at the subjects that caught our attention...