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What’s Behind the Basque Mess?

Athletic Bilbao won fans everywhere last year with a dynamic style of play that always entertained. Led by the mercurial Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, Bilbao featured a great blend of young starlets (Javi Martinez, Iker Muniain) and experienced players (Andoni…

How Does Luka Modric Fit in Madrid?

Real Madrid spent about $42 million to bring the little Croatian to the Bernabeu, so a little bit of thought must have gone into this move. At the moment, it appears that Luka has a comfortable place between Cajellon and…

Tottenham Gets Some Moussa

Excellent signing for Spurs from a Fulham side that inexplicably failed to raise his 15 million pound buy-out clause. Moussa Dembele has been the subject of much admiration and speculation over the past few weeks. He played particularly well in…

Midnight Raid

Bayern Munich’s signing of Javi Martinez was a smart ploy, sure to have a profound impact. Bilbao should not be too upset; after all, the player activated his $50 million buy-out clause with German cash, something that both Man City…

What Van Persie Signing Means for Man Utd

Sir Alex Ferguson has made an exception to his rule for an exceptional talent. Manchester United’s manager has moved away from his zealous investment in the younger market to sign Robin van Persie. Ferguson’s transfer mantra in recent seasons has…

At First Look, Capello Fits Well in Russia

Fabio Capello, known as a strict disciplinarian, is on the verge of being appointed new Russia manager following the Russians’ disappointing Euro 2012 campaign. The 66-year-old Italian, who quit as England boss in February, said he was happy to work…

Another Milan Rip-off. New Transfer Market Idiot: PSG

According to multiple reports, PSG is about to pay Berlusconi’s Milan 62 million euros for 30-year old Zlatan Ibrahimovic and 27-year old Thiago Silva in what constitutes a heist of laghable proportions. Paying 20 million euros for a declining star…

Corinthians Stifle Boca to Win First Copa Libertadores

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Corinthians finally won its first ever Copa Libertadores title on Wednesday, beating six-time champion Boca Juniors 2-0 to win the final 3-1 on aggregate. Corinthians won the title unbeaten over 14 matches of Latin…

Spain Makes History, Easily Beating Exhausted Italy

Reigning European and World champion Spain made history by winning its third consecutive international tournament, an unprecedented feat that will be hard to match. Spain’s golden generation led by Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Ramos will probably have one more opportunity…

Balotelli Delivers All Mediterranean Final

The exciting Euro 2012 has greatly benefited from the economic crisis gripping the continent. Fans have enjoyed games between debtor and creditor countries as political competition rather than just sporting events. The culmination of political soccer was the Euro semifinal…

Ronaldo’s Costly Stardom Fixation

Portugal winger Nani has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo insisted on taking the last penalty in their Euro 2012 semi-final loss to Spain. Portugal went out of the tournament after a 4-2 loss to Spain in the shoot-out which bizarrely did…

Arsenal (de Sarandi), Champion of Argentina

Arsenal won their first ever Argentine league championship on Sunday after beating Belgrano 1-0 at home on the final day of the Clausura championship. The modest club from the suburb of Sarandi, founded in 1957 by present Argentine Football Association…

Bravo Italia

The tournament’s largest viewing audience was treated to a dramatic match on Sunday, with Alessandro Diamanti scoring the decisive penalty kick to send Italy through with a 4-2 win in the shootout following a 0-0 tie with England. Italy will…

Spain – Portugal in Dynamic Euro Semi

Spain easily brushed aside a disappointing France team to set up a most intriguing encounter against Iberian neighbor and rival, Portugal, on Wednesday in Donetsk. The clash is particularly attractive not only for featuring many of the world’s best players…