Monthly Archives: April 2012


FC BarcelonaReal Madrid

“Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma! . . . guardi la stelle che tremano . . .” *

Giacomo Puccini

*(None shall sleep! None shall sleep! . . . watch the stars that tremble. . .)


No one could save them now.

Not even Messi.

Not even Guardiola.

Not even the memories of past successes in the clasico.

‘Som I Serem’.  The mosaic as the players walk onto the Camp Nou turf.

‘We are, and we will be.’

On this night, they tried to be. In the end, just like the Prince of Denmark, they couldn’t.

Ping, ping, ping.

Tiki, taka, tiki, taka.

Pass after pass after pass. Read the rest of this entry


Wigan followed up their impressive win over Manchester United with another impressive display at the Emirates.

Starting Line-Ups and Formations

Arsene Wenger still had Laurent Koscielny out through suspension, so Johann Djourou continued to deputize. Other than that, the line-up was pretty much the same, with Wenger using the lopsided 4-2-3-1 that has been the reason for their recent resurgence.


Wigan lined up in their now customary 3-4-3. The only change from the Manchester United win was Read the rest of this entry


[Roberto Martinez is one of the most underrated managers in the Premier League] 

He is no ordinary football manager. But then again, who is.

In June 2009, Dave Whelan, the Chairman of Wigan Athletic approached Swansea City with a view to luring their manager, Roberto Martinez. Martinez, critical of players who’d left the small Welsh club in pursuance of fame and fortune, angered the Swans fans when he agreed to Whelan’s offer. The lure of managing in the Premier League proved too tempting.

But this wasn’t the first time that Read the rest of this entry



“To compare anyone with Lionel Messi is unfair on them.”     

Xavi Hernandez

They call him the greatest player of all time. To quantify that is difficult, especially since if you are a football fan from my generation, that assertion has a huge bias towards it. Bias in the sense that bar Zinedine Zidane or Ronaldinho Gaucho, you have probably never seen the other players to have ever been given the tag ‘greatest player of all time.’ I refer to Pele, Diego Maradona and Johann Cruijff.

But even so, it is not Read the rest of this entry

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