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Tiki-Taka is still alive and well

Bayern Munich were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid last week and the obituaries of Pep Guardiola’s “tiki-taka” style of football have been pouring in ever since; but to write-off a method that has enjoyed such success seems rash, to say the least. There are many people involved with the emergence of this style of football but …

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The Gain Line: “The Letter of the Law”

It was the official curtain raiser at new Ravenhill on Friday evening. Signs draped on the grandstand bid the fans to be the 16th man. That was, as it happened, unduly optimistic. Ulster for the second time in short succession had to play the majority of the match with 14 men. In the end a gallant Ulster side lost out 20-22 …

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Top 10 Footballing Families: Part II

5:The Inzaghis When it comes to a brotherly strike force, not many come as dangerous as the brothers Inzaghi. Simone, the younger and less decorated of the two brothers was still a regular thorn in many a defense in Italy. He spent over ten years at Lazio but only made 129 appearances during that time. His record is roughly one goal in …

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Top 10 Footballing Families: Part I

Football has often been a family affair. Today we look at the most famous families in world football. These families are ranked for their collective ability and trophies. 10: The Guðjohnsens Arguably the greatest footballing family to hail from the mighty Iceland. This father-son act between them have played, and achieved success, all over Europe. Arnór, the father, played in France, …

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The Death of Tiki-Taka

On Tuesday night, the Allianz Arena witnessed Real Madrid’s progression to the Champions League final with the awesome destruction of holders Bayern Munich. Real Madrid are on the brink of the promised ‘la decima’ and it will be the first time that two teams from the same city will compete in the final. Prior to the 7.45 kick off, Bayern …

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Rudi Garcia Rescues Roma

Italian giants Roma have in recent years taken a back seat in the Serie A and haven’t finished in the top four since 2010. The three times champions haven’t won the league since 2001 and were looking like they were turning into a mid-table team considering their 6th and 7th place finishes in recent years. This led to changes in …

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Five Reasons Bayern Munich Have Lost Their Pep

In mid-January 2013 Bayern Munich proudly made the announcement that Pep Guardiola was to replace Jupp Heynckes as manager, a perceived match made in football heaven. After almost a year out of the game, Guardiola was in high demand. Every major club in Europe were monitoring the situation closely. After 13 trophies in 4 seasons at the helm of Barcelona, his appointment guaranteed …

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Financial Fair Play – What Next?

Football clubs are overspending. Crazy money is being paid for players and it seems like transfer records are being broken every year. Spending vast amounts on new signings inevitably leads to wage inflation. Michel Platini has vowed to stop the overspending and curb wage inflation with the introduction of Financial Fair Play (FFP). Many have criticised the new rules and regulations …

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Balance is key in “Tiki-Taka” vs “Parking the Bus” debate

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Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea both suffered different yet very similar exits in the second-leg of the Champions League semi-finals during the week. Guardiola suffered his biggest ever managerial defeat as his side got trounced 4-0 (5-0 on aggregate) at the Allianz arena in Munich by Real Madrid. Mourinho also suffered a rare defeat at Stamford Bridge at the …

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Tactics: Chelsea 1-3 Atlético Madrid

After last week’s dour 0-0 at the Vicente Calderón, Atlético Madrid progressed to the Champions League Final after an impressive beating of Chelsea. Diego Simeone’s men were more at home in a game that suited their style of play, particularly after they had scored an away goal and taken the lead in the tie. They scored two near-identical goals either …

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