Mauricio Pochettino: the Espanyol diaries

Mauricio Pochettino looked as bemused as anyone. “I don’t know how we did it,” he said. “Espanyol were bottom and Barcelona were top, and all the people were saying Espanyol were dead and had no chance. It was a special victory.” The Argentine coach was discussing his Espanyol side’s 2-1 win at the Camp Nou…

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How Philippe Coutinho escaped purgatory

Illustration by Red Star Liverpool. Find more of his great work here Modern football has created a purgatory. A place where players that fail to live up to their initial hype are consigned to. The lines between star and potential star are becoming increasingly blurred, meaning fans and clubs alike are impatient. They demand an instant…

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A Tale of One City: Barcelona

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Gazing out across the mirage of sparkling lights littering the night sky, it was impossible not to fall madly in love. There aren’t enough words to describe quite how breathtaking the overpowering sense of awe was, but then Barcelona is a city that specialises in…

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Jack Greenwell: the legendary coach England forgot

Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly rare for English managers to find success outside of the British Isles. Steve McClaren led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but then struggled in Germany with Wolfsburg. Further back, Sir Bobby Robson did well in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain in the 1990s while Terry Venables won the La Liga…

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