Kerlon and the demise of a great that never was

Few things evoke emotion quite like observing something extraordinary on the football field. An act that defies all logic and belief. The gasps of those in attendance, the clattering of seats as spectator’s rise to their feet in unison. Witnessing something awe-inspiring is magical at the best of times, yet when such aptitude is conjured…

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The violence and victory of Marco Materazzi

In 1532, Niccolò Machiavelli published a now-famous treatise on leadership and governance. ‘Il Principe’ advised that, in an imperfect world, man must do whatever it takes to succeed and thrive. Machiavelli argued that the ends always justify the means, and his opus became a seminal text in the fields of modern politics and philosophy. Today, the…

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After Gabriel Batistuta came Hernán Crespo

Prior to the 2002 World Cup in Germany, Marcelo Bielsa found himself deciding who to play in the most advanced position of the field for Argentina. On one hand, an ageing Gabriel Batistuta had been Argentina’s leading striker for the past two finals. On the other, Hernán Crespo was taking huge steps towards his competitor…

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The Big Analysis: Inter vs Juventus

The Derby d’Italia was the standout fixture in Serie A last weekend as champions Juventus visited the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to face Inter. The Old Lady of Turin were heavy favourites coming into the match with a 100 percent record in their opening three league matches. Meanwhile Inter coach Frank de Boer was under pressure…

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