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The history of the football transfer system explained

There is more of an ‘unwritten rule’ of respect between players and owners. Players willingly sign longer contracts so that…

4 weeks ago
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How Real Madrid beat Manchester United to 'most valuable football brand'

Today, Real Madrid is not only the most valuable football brand – as determined by the monetary value of the…

1 month ago
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Game Theory in football explained

The premise of 'Game Theory' is that when you have more than one competitor in a situation, you have a…

1 month ago
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Liverpool flattened Barcelona with a full-scale emotional assault

What lay at the heart of Liverpool conquering of Barcelona? Execution, certainly, but also the intolerable pressure which Jurgen Klopp's…

1 month ago
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Can Liverpool shock Barcelona?

Playing at Anfield will confer an intangible benefit and Liverpool, should they place their faith, as surely they must, in…

1 month ago
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Does Pep Guardiola “overthink” big games?

Maybe the truth is that Guardiola thinks as much about these games as he does any other, but that Klopp,…

2 months ago
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2002-2003 at Barcelona: When Piqué, Fàbregas and Messi became telepathic

Euan McTear completes the Pivotal Seasons series by looking back at 2002-03, when Barcelona's Cadeta A side incubated the club's…

2 months ago
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Champions League Tactics: Manchester United v Barcelona

Barcelona will present a different set of questions to PSG, but Manchester United may find the answer is the same.

2 months ago
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Helenio Herrera: More famous than his players

Herrera often insisted that his approach to the game had been misinterpreted. "The problem is that most of the ones…

4 months ago
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Barcelona look caught between their yesterdays and their tomorrow

Barcelona grew their advantage at the top of LaLiga over the weekend, but their ideological drift is creating a strange…

4 months ago
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Brief History Of | The Irishman Who Saved Barcelona: Patrick O'Connell

Barcelona would have been a very different football club without Patrick O’Connell. For a long time the story of Don…

4 months ago
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New Barcelona signing: Frenkie de Jong | Tactical Profile

It’s easy to see why Frenkie De Jong has been linked with elite clubs like Spurs and Barcelona. For either…

5 months ago
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Andrea Pirlo v Sergio Busquets: The deep lying midfielder

Pirlo is perhaps the greatest true regista that has ever played the game; Busquets is perhaps the most complete all-round…

5 months ago
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Thiago Motta's 2-7-2 formation explained

He’s not thinking about the ‘keeper playing ahead of the defenders – that’s the sort of mistranslation that just makes…

5 months ago
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How Guardiola harnessed the power of the Rondo at Barcelona, Bayern and - now - Manchester City

Callum Rice-Coates explains how Pep Guardiola has used the Rondo, a basic training-ground exercise, to encourage technical and spacial improvements…

6 months ago
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How Pep Guardiola improves his players

The Rondo is an encapsulation of Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophy, a conduit through which his basic principles are channelled onto…

6 months ago
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What if Barcelona had actually signed David Beckham in 2003?

When bidding for election as Barcelona president, Joan Laporta famously promised to sign David Beckham. He failed, but why was…

6 months ago
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Would Leo Messi be successful at Manchester City?

We will surely never know, but - hypothetically - how would Manchester City accommodate Leo Messi's extraordinary range of abilities?

6 months ago
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The Barcelona Legacy: Guardiola, Mourinho and The Fight For Football's Soul

Jonathan Wilson examines the careers of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, documents how their duelling ideologies were bred, and details…

7 months ago
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Barcelona, Catalan Independence and the movement explained

Kat Lucas places the Catalan independence movement into a footballing context.

7 months ago
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