The obsession of Marcelo Bielsa

As featured on Guardian Sport With one brief, shocking press conference, he was gone. Marcelo Bielsa announced to the media at the Stade Vélodrome following Olympique Marseille’s 1-0 loss to Caen that he had stepped down as head coach. “I took my decision on Wednesday,” the coach told perplexed cluster of journalists. “I’ve finished my work here.…

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Chile: the style of a generation

Multiple theories persist regarding the conception of football styles. Specific styles can sometimes be traced back to the coaches and players directly implicated in their promulgation. However, some propose that there are more holistic reasons behind a style. Circumstances of an environmental, cultural, political, religious and historical nature have been widely cited. Others suggest psychology and…

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The Battle of Santiago at World Cup 1962

It was the second game of the 1962 World Cup. Hosts Chile lined up against Italy on the back of an impressive opening round victory against Switzerland. Sixty-six thousand fans travelled to Estadio Nacional to cheer on the home side, many confidant of victory. Likewise, the Italians had drawn their opening game against West Germany and…

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The coaching odyssey of Rudi Gutendorf

NOT MANY COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF FOOTBALL CAN PROVIDE FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF GENOCIDE, tell stories of a close connection to a South American president, or put manager of eighteen different national football teams on their CV. One man, however, who can lay bare such remarkable feats, is the incredible Rudi Gutendorf. In a colourful…

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