Monthly Archives: August 2012

The curious case of Dong Fangzhuo

John Duerden writes for ESPN Soccernet, cautioning young Asian footballers on making a big move to Europe without first establishing themselves – citing the career of the first Chinese player to sign for Manchester United, Dong Fangzhuo, as a warning example.

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Michu paying early dividends for Swansea City

James Horncastle writes for The Score on arguably the best piece of business in the Premier League this summer, the transfer of La Liga’s top goalscoring midfielder last season, Michu, from Rayo Vallecano to Swansea.

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Manchester City 3-2 Southampton

It was Manchester City’s first league match of the new season, and the defending champions started their campaign in a similar manner to how they won the league: going 1-2 down through a individual defensive error after leading 1-0, before … Continue reading

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Olympics exposed flaw at the heart of Brazilian football

Over at the Guardian Sportsblog, the peerless Jonathan Wilson dissects the challenges the Brazilian football team faces in the face of the upcoming World Cup 2014 to be held in Brazil.

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Conte’s stand

It’s difficult and rare to find a column or an article regarding the latest ‘scandal’ to hit Italian football where the author isn’t inherently biased or possessing some ulterior motive.

The excellent Susy Campanale of Football Italia provides just that though, arguing from a neutral’s perspective about the 10 month ban on Juventus manager Anotonio Conte and the severely flawed Italian sporting justice system.

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Chelsea’s evolution?

Chelsea ended the 2011/12 season making club history: by winning the holy grail that owner Roman Abramovich had always desired, the UEFA Champions League. Did it matter that Chelsea were crowned the champions of Europe after some astonishingly ultra-defensive displays against … Continue reading

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