Grazie Ambro: A Tribute

August 12, 2013

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“And so it ends. After 18 seasons of running around, snarling and tackling all whilst sporting a flurry of long blonde hair with a band, come August, MASSIMO AMBROSINI will be a Milan player no more. Football has changed over the years and with changing times, even the clubs have changed their systems and policies. Milan too has changed its approach as they have decided to take a different path now, focusing on youth and ‘building stars instead of buying them’. The new campaign was labelled as ‘Year Zero’ as they wanted to start a fresh cycle and concentrate on youth. This year, once again the Rossoneri fans bid farewell to another long lasting servant, Massimo Ambrosini. After the mass exodus last season when Alessandro Nesta, Pippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf, Rino Gattuso ,Gianluca Zambrotta and Flavio Roma decided to jump off the Milanese train, this year it’s the club captain who will not be with the side in the coming campaign.” Outside of the Boot

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Tactical Analysis: How will Bayern Munich set up under Pep Guardiola?

August 12, 2013

“After the much talked-about, controversial acquisition of rising Spanish star Thiago- which many deem unnecessary and ‘a waste’- Bayern Munich arguably possess the best midfield, if not the strongest squad in Europe. What’s more, they have frightening strength in depth in virtually every position on the field. A consensus could easily be reached regarding the Bavarians’ brilliant pre- season as well, where they cruelly dispatched their opponents with immaculate and impeccable perfection. Considering this, it would be fair to say that Bayern are well on course to win the Bundesliga again, for their second successive league title. Having said that, there seems to be a lingering doubt in every fan’s mind about the core composition of the playing eleven: what formation could the industrious Guardiola implement and who would make it to the starting line-up on a regular basis?” Think Football


Premier League 2013-14 season: Club-by-club guide

August 12, 2013

“The 2013-14 Premier League season could be one of the most unpredictable to date with so many changes at the top. This will be the first Premier League campaign without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge of Manchester United and there are at least four teams hoping to take advantage of David Moyes’s inexperience of winning trophies. Manchester City and Chelsea, both also under new management, and Tottenham have all spent big this summer, while Arsenal have kept hold of their key players and still have money to spend.” BBC


New man, new strategies

August 12, 2013

“In a world in which the rich are getting even richer and success seems increasingly the preserve of a select handful of clubs, this season’s Premier League promises a rare openness, with the big three of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all changing manager. It is an instability that could just open the door for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and, with a couple more signings, perhaps Liverpool.” World Soccer


Seedorf thriving in Brazil

August 12, 2013

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Clarence Seedorf
“When Clarence Seedorf went to play in Brazil last year I was sceptical. So were wiser heads than mine. Oswaldo de Oliveira, his coach at Botafogo, was unsure how he could fit the veteran Dutchman into the wide-open spaces of the Brazilian midfield. Twelve months on our fears look ludicrous. The move has been a triumph. Going into the weekend’s 13th round of the Brazilian Championship, Botafogo is only denied top spot on goal difference, and Seedorf is proving the undoubted star turn.” The World – Tim Vickery (Video)


Last Rites For The Myth Of Loyalty In Football

August 12, 2013

“There is a reasonably good chance that the summer of 2013, should it come to be remembered for any one thing, will be recalled as The Summer of Hate. From female journalists receiving death threats for having the sheer temerity to point out to an audience that we might have thought would be old enough to know better that being a vile misogynist online is, well, vile through to the English Defence League, whose idea of the defence of this country from Islam – whatever the hell that means – is to drink seventeen pints of cheap, fizzy beer and try and fight the police on Saturday afternoons, this has felt like a period during which Britain has, somehow, lost its mind.” twohundredpercent


England v Scotland: after 141 years of rivalry, clash must rediscover its edge

August 12, 2013

“When you start at the very top, the only way to go is down. And the famous England-Scotland football fixture has been slowly but steadily losing its cachet for, ooh, nearly 141 years now. The first match between the countries – a goalless draw at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick in November 1872 – was also the first international in football history, so by definition it was a summit meeting between the best teams in the world. Stovepipe hats off, everyone.” Guardian