Tactical Analysis: PSG 0-0 Real Madrid | Team effort from Real wins a good point

October 23, 2015

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“Traditionally, one would never expect a match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain to end scoreless. Symbolizing tradition and the concept of the nouveaux riches in European football, neither have been goal-shy over the past four seasons, and when the group stage draw was made for this year’s Champions’ League, the pair’s clashes on Matchdays 3 and 4 looked to be among the most tantalizing encounters. While some (though likely not readers of this site) would see a 0-0 scoreline and dismiss the match as having been dull and workmanlike, those who would will have missed out on a transcendent meeting between two sides hungry for European success.” Outside of the Boot


Life After Messi & Ronaldo: The definitive search for the world’s third best player

October 23, 2015

“For all the complaints over how closed the title races of modern football have become, competitions such as the Premier League and La Liga are practically wide open to all-comers in comparison to the annual battle to be named the best footballer in the world. Historic seasons by a treble-winning Wesley Sneijder in 2010, Germany’s World Cup claiming, sweeper-keeper extraordinaire Manuel Neuer in 2014 and Franck Ribery, whose irresistible wing-play also inspired his club-mates to a treble in 2013, were not enough to overcome the incumbents who have swapped the honour since 2008.” Squawka


Atmosphere, the great myth of football

October 23, 2015

“Now without this being another cliché attack on the English game, whether it be grassroots or transfer fees, I’m talking about an issue much closer to home, and when I say home, I mean the hallowed turf, our homes away from home. Ticket prices have come under scrutiny a lot as of late, but my concern comes from another area. As a young child, most of us fall in love with football after that first step into a roaring stadium. Beyond the mist of cigarette smoke and smell of burgers, there lived some magic, something which engulfed all of us, but as the generations age and the game moves forward, so has the passion some fans share.” backpagefootball


1985 – Division One, Year Zero?

October 23, 2015

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“From the moment a shirtless Michel Platini gleefully paraded the European Cup trophy around the chaos-ravaged Heysel Stadium on May 29th 1985, English football had to face the stark reality that its existence would never be the same again. The tragedy in Brussels claimed the lives of 39 people when a decaying wall collapsed under the pressure of hundreds of fleeing Italians. The responsibility for those deaths – and the majority of the trouble witnessed in and around Heysel that day – was laid squarely at the foot of the riotous, out-of-control Liverpool fans. The events of that evening were shocking in the extreme, yet this was not an isolated incident; Heysel was a gruesome punctuation to a decade long charge sheet built up against the English. Certain rampant hooligan elements who attached themselves to English clubs (and the national team) had long since spilled over the Channel from domestic football to the continent. For some time, UEFA had been itching to censure English clubs for the behaviour of their fans abroad – the Heysel disaster finally provided them with the necessary gun from which to fire their bullets.” Football Pink


Goal Analysis: How Arsenal overcame the mighty Bayern Munich

October 23, 2015

“Arsenal have had a very indifferent start to their Champions League campaign, losing their opening two games. Doing that means that you need to pick up points against the third team, a simple enough task if the third team isn’t Bayern Munich. Having said that, Arsenal too came into this game in great form, with Sanchez and Ozil in great form. of course, Lewandowski and co. were looking intimidating as always, and that just set the stage for an epic clash.” Outside of the Boot


No goals in Paris, joy for City, Galatasaray, Malmö

October 23, 2015

“Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid ended goalless, Manchester City scored late to defeat Sevilla, and Galatasaray and Malmö earned long-awaited group victories.” UEFA