Why we mustn’t force managers to change their style

Recently, I was at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and my mind couldn’t help but wander off to football. This moment came when I was inspecting Pablo Picasso’s Las Meninas collection. In 1957, Picasso painted 58 different variations of Diego Velázquez’s classic portrait which had been completed 300 years earlier. Velázquez’s original is a traditional…

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The second coming of Florentino Pérez

Three events occurred in perfect synchronicity in order to facilitate Florentino Pérez’s second attempt at managing the global superpower that is Real Madrid. The first was on 10 March 2009 as Real Madrid appeared on the pitch at Anfield against Liverpool, attempting to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the first leg of the round of 16…

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The rebirth of a footballing nation: how Congolese football is once again among Africa’s best

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second-largest country in Africa, and its fourth-most populated. It’s also a place as much enamoured with football as any other African nation, which, given its size, makes Congo arguably the continent’s greatest underachiever. That’s not to suggest Congolese football is unfamiliar with success, but rather that it…

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