Decoding Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal

Take two! Like a setting from a film set, with the director angry at the acting in the just shot scene, the post-Ferguson era at Manchester United is at its second take. The first take was disappointing. David Moyes arrived at Old Trafford and the ridicule seemingly followed him in. Previous highs crashed to mediocre levels.… Read More Decoding Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal

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The Netherlands World Cup journey is bound to continue into the future

Crisis brewing, egos clashing and a deference to arrogance. That has always been the story told of the Netherlands. An international football team which is prescribed on its own philosophy rarely lives up to the expectations demanded. The ambitions have only ever been met in 1988. Ruud Gullit and Marco Van Basten added international glory… Read More The Netherlands World Cup journey is bound to continue into the future

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Brazil’s nightmare semi-final

It was not as heart-breaking as 1950, neither as regrettable as 1982. Brazil’s 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany was downright embarrassing. Indeed, a stadium and a nation endured a harrowing experience. The rollercoaster of emotions flowed one way — downwards. Shock turned into despair, gasp, and finally a delusional reality. Was Brazil really that bad?… Read More Brazil’s nightmare semi-final

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Angel Di Maria in the shadows of greatness

Among other things, Jurgen Klopp’s conclusion was clear and simple. “You can’t mark Di Maria,” was what he said after Borussia Dortmund had played Real Madrid during the 2012-2013 Champions League group stages. Klopp would find a way as his Dortmund later on defeated Madrid in that season’s Champions League semis. But after meeting them… Read More Angel Di Maria in the shadows of greatness

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