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Is the lopsided nature of Bundesliga costing Bayern Munich in Europe?

In the 2012/13 Champions League campaign Bayern Munich absolutely decimated Barcelona at the semi-final stage. The Germans were ruthless as they defeated the Catalans 4-0 in the first leg, leaving any chance of a Barcelona comeback feeble, if at all any. And there were no miracles in the return leg at the Camp Nou as the Bavarians rampaged Barca to ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Joshua Kimmich

At the end of the of the Bundesliga clash against Borussia Dortmund that finished in a scoreless draw at the Westfalenstadion last season, the then Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was in an animated and pretty charged discussion with Joshua Kimmich, one of his centre-backs in that game. The Munich giants were ravaged by injuries to their key personnel in ...

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Five great players who became great managers

great players become great managers

Not many great players become great managers. There certainly isn’t a correlation between the two. Some of the greatest managers of all-time have never been top professional players. However, great players do get a head start through their experience of having been in the shoes of their players. Johan Cruyff Cruyff is regarded as one man who has had the ...

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Five biggest underdog triumphs in the Champions League

Chelsea 1-1 (4-3 on penalties) Bayern Munich (final, 2011/12) Heading in to the 2012 Champions League final, Bayern Munich were the overwhelming favourites. The Bavarian giants were playing at home and Chelsea had barely survived with enough first team regulars after a bruising semi-final win over Barcelona. But in the final the Blues kept doing what they did to eliminate ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Udo Lattek

Udo Lattek is ranked amongst the greatest managers in world football, and for good reason. The German had a knack of winning trophies and he went on to collect 14 of them before retiring from football management. Lattek’s playing career wasn’t much to write about, but he achieved tremendous success as a manager. His first assignment was an assistant to ...

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Top European clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners

Here’s the list of the top European clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners in their ranks throughout the history of the prestigious award. Barcelona (11) The Catalan giants lead the clubs with most Ballon d’Or winners, having seen a player win the individual honour 11 times while playing for them. The recent dominance of Lionel Messi at the awards has ...

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5 Unexpected Summer Transfers of 2016

Joe Hart (Manchester City to Torino) Any managerial change leads to upheavals, but Joe Hart probably didn’t see the sudden change of fortune that was to come his way after the appointment of Pep Guardiola at the helm of Manchester City. The long-serving Citizens’ custodian and a crowd favourite became a pariah and it was quickly made clear to him ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Renato Sanches

The ever efficient Bayern Munich’s transfer dealings completed another good purchase when they acquired Benfica’s Renato Sanches earlier this summer. The young Portuguese star had been linked with a move to Manchester United but ultimately he chose the five-time European champions. Sanches is only 18-year-old, but his reading of the game is well beyond his years. The youngster played only ...

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The tragic history of Atletico Madrid in the European Cup

Atletico Madrid yet again failed to clinch their first ever European Cup despite coming within touch distance of the trophy. Diego Simeone’s men lost to city rivals Real Madrid in the Milan final 5 – 4 on penalties. It seems as an opportune a time as any to revisit their past in this historic competition. And sadly for the Atletico ...

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