The Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

“La BBC contra el Muro Amarillo,” ran Tuesday’s front page headline in Madrid’s football newspaper, Marca. Translated as, “the BBC (Bale, Benzema and Cristiano) against the Yellow Wall,” the paper focused on the challenge posed to Real Madrid’s superstars at Signal-Iduna Park in Westphalia, Germany. The Yellow Wall describes the 25,000 capacity grandstand behind the goal…

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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 Big Analysis: Borussia Dortmund vs Darmstadt

There are few clubs in European football that added more young talent to their squad over the course of the transfer window than Borussia Dortmund. Emre Mor, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembélé, Mikel Merino and Raphaël Guerreiro joined established domestic players Mario Götze, Sebastien Rode and André Schürrle in becoming part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad. Harnessing…

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Silence in the house of Ottmar Hitzfeld

Ottmar Hitzfeld was a genius. A managerial legend and incalculably respected coach, his legacy cannot be overlooked when considering the greatest managers of all time. Football managers have always taken on the persona of superior beings. The all-seeing eye over the various nuances that comprises a football team and the purveyor of revolutionary tactics, it takes a…

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