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The Might of Málaga’s Money

July 25, 2011


Perhaps it’s their passionate fan-base. Or maybe the enamour of that rich Andalusian culture. The weather in Spain’s south-west coast is certainly pleasant but, then again, the weather’s nice elsewhere too isn’t it? Or perhaps it’s simply that this particular team has very little to lose. Whatever the source of Sheikh Al Thani’s sudden infatuation […]

River’s Plate: Has the Argentine Giant Fallen for Good?

July 6, 2011


‘     ‘We will resist the critics. We will reformulate the club from now on.‘ These were the words uttered by River Plate president Daniel Passarella once the dust had settled on the relegation of his beloved club. An intriguing if somewhat redundant statement regarding River’s future. The harrowing reality is that ‘reformulation’ is […]

The Rojiblanco Cinderella – Whatever Happened to Atlético Madrid?

May 27, 2011


    And then there were four. In truth, Madrid’s influence both socially and politically in Spain renders it somewhat unsurprising that the same region be so omniscient in sport as well, now boasting a quartet of teams in Spanish Primera División. So who are La Liga’s Madrileño representatives? Well, there’s Real Madrid, that perpetually […]

Real Madrid Castilla – Where the kids aren’t all right.

May 12, 2011


Another season and another catalogue of disappointments. Real Madrid C.F. is fast resembling a Ferrari without an engine:it looks good on the surface but it won’t be getting you very far, regardless of how synonymous it is with success. This campaign has yielded a solitary trophy for Los Blancos yet the squad is collectively worth […]

For the Sake of the Game: Who We Support and Why it Still Matters

April 29, 2011


What is the fundamental importance of football? The support of its fans. Brendan begins our three piece ‘For Sake of the Game‘ feature with an overview of the predicament  modern football finds itself in,  before a swift follow up through both sides of the debate later next week. A few years ago an advert appeared […]

Tribute Act: The Rise of the New Mourinho

April 22, 2011


We are all guilty of hoping there is a formula for success. In football, we convince ourselves that if we can just lure that influential manager, or that star player, or secure that lucrative investment, then days of glory will ensue. And then, just when the ingredients for prosperity seem explicitly obvious, a remarkable exception […]

The Thick Of It: Controversy, Politics and the FIFA Presidency

April 14, 2011


Anonymity is a characteristic after which many politicians yearn and are often eluded by. Let’s face it, whenever we discuss Silvio Berlusconi the many body of the conversation isn’t a thorough dissection of his political policies but rather a gratifying discussion of the ill-fated sexual ventures that frequently feature in his indulgent lifestyle. In football’s […]