Champions League Groups A-D after Tuesday’s results

Joan Gamper Trophy (CC BY 2.0) by tpower1978 Manchester City secured an entirely unexpected 3-1 victory over Spanish giants, Barcelona, on Tuesday evening, a result that prolongs the conclusion of Group C for another fortnight. City hadn’t beat the Blaugrana since 19 August 2009, a 1-0 victory in the Joan Gamper Trophy courtesy of a first-half Martin Petrov goal, and…

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Can Real Madrid end the Champions League hoodoo?

With the Champions League group stage underway, everyone will have an opinion on who will win this season’s competition. The usual suspects head the betting, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and defending champions Real Madrid leading the way and a handful of other potential winners among the 32 teams. It’s a great market for providing long-term…

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The rivalry and brotherhood of Diego and Gabriel Milito

In May 2016, the final round of Argentine Primera División fixtures heralded the retirement of 36-year-old Diego Milito. A short distance across Buenos Aires, Gabriel Milito, Diego’s younger brother by 14 months, was appointed as manager of Club Atlético Independiente. Momentarily, one of football’s most intriguing sibling pairs were back where it all began. Despite laying…

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Andoni Goikoetxea: The Butcher of Bilbao

Tread a path through every football-obsessed city on earth and seldom would you find the home of a retired professional footballer without the walls or spare rooms of their home habitually decorated with awards, medals, or shirts; mementos and keepsakes from their playing days proudly displayed for all to see. Their careers cruelly eroded by…

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