The coming of age of Paulo Dybala

With the eyes of the world on him in Juventus’ first leg Champions League quarter-final clash against Barcelona, Paulo Dybala did not disappoint. La Joya (The Jewel) showed everyone exactly what he’s capable of by netting a lethal brace just 22 minutes into the game. Going into the game, the Spanish media ran rampant with…

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Roy Keane’s head and Roy Keane’s heart

Everyone and their grandma knows how the Champions League concluded in May 1999. That balmy night in Barcelona, when Ole Gunnar Solskjær won it for Manchester United. What some fans — not United fans, mind you — may forget is that United’s road to that final was perhaps even more dramatic than their late comeback to…

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The making of Antonio Conte: a journey from Lecce to Chelsea

As featured on Guardian Sport Some footballers have the privilege of working under gifted tacticians and thoroughbred winners during their careers, but it’s the intuitive ones who take it upon themselves to become students. Antonio Conte was both influential and influenced during his decorated playing career at Juventus. The tenacious box-to-box midfielder, equipped with piercingly…

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