Johan Cruyff’s Barça revolution

Milestones and key moments in time are common for any football club; instances where the future and image of a side completely changes. It could be found through re-inventions, and it is often the result of adding the right person to lead a group at the right time. As a player, Johan Cruyff returned Barcelona […]

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Debuts Part 9: Woodgate

Debuts aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. SAM WILSON reminisces on Jonathan Woodgate’s disastrous Real Madrid bow In Real Madrid’s famous galáctico era, the Santiago Bernabeú field was graced by the presence of some of the greatest footballers in the history of the sport: Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, and David Beckham to name but a […]

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Debuts Part 2: Emilio Butragueño

MATT EVANS remembers the debut of homegrown Real Madrid legend Emilio Butragueño, who helped usher in a new period of dominance for the capital club “It’s amazing”, the red-cheeked young man said to the camera; “it’s as if somebody up in heaven decided this”. His cherubic looks and neat side parting gave the unassuming appearance […]

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Debuts Part 1: Diego Costa

RYAN PLANT kicks off the Debuts series with a sweet and sour Atlético reintroduction for the unpredictable Diego Costa You get the impression that if Diego Costa watched The Thick of It he would admire Malcolm Tucker and think: ‘Yes, I’d happily go for a cerveza with him’. Though, if you looked at him in the […]

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Relive: Milito

On 1 January 2004 Genoa, a bottom-half team in Italy’s Serie B, signed 23-year-old Argentinian forward Diego Milito from Racing Club. Unknown to him, Inter Milan, his eventual destination, were struggling at the time. Inter had splurged big in the summer, but manager Héctor Cúper had failed to bring the required results and was replaced […]

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Relive: Kaká

Sometimes it blindsides him. It blindsides me too, from time-to-time. The geographically challenging and aesthetically ugly Atatürk Stadium, in Basaksehir, out on the outer-rim territories of Istanbul was the location for the 2005 UEFA Champions League final. Or, if you’re a football hipster, aimlessly treading water around their mid-40s like me, then the European Cup final. Kaká […]

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Sergio Busquets: A Reassessment

It is an image that is forever burnt into my mind: Sergio Busquets peeking through this fingers to see if his theatrical response to Thiago Motta’s challenge had succeeded in getting his opponent sent off. In the maelstrom that was that 2010 Champion’s League semi-final between Inter and Barcelona, it was the defining image of […]

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