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Champions League Roundup

Koeman’s time is surely up A Barcelona team in name alone, Ronald Koeman’s side suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss, as a fluent Benfica’s perfect game plan has surely confirmed that Koeman’s days leading the Nou Camp are numbered. Registering a mere one shot on target, a lack of discipline and quality at the top of […]

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State-owned football: an SOS for Europe?

Two of European football’s top sides have in recent years been essentially bankrolled to success by nation-states. The Qatari Investment Authority have owned French giant Paris Saint Germain since 2011, and the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City in 2008. A third appears poised to join them as a takeover of Newcastle United, from […]

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English football continues to underachieve in Europe

The Champions League round of 16 kicked off in style a couple of weeks ago and with the first round of fixtures over, the likelihood of an all English final is looking slim. Chelsea, playing Paris St. Germain in Paris, were lucky to come away with what can only be described as a ‘Mourinho’ away […]

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Paris Metro incident highlights grotesque underbelly of beautiful game

Perhaps it seems the natural response of many a supporter, when confronted by the appalling footage of Chelsea fans hurling racial abuse at a black man while preventing him from boarding a train, to leap forward to condemn the individuals with the caveat that “not all Chelsea fans are like that.” While being true, this […]