Callum Rice-Coates
Callum Rice-Coates

Senior Writer

The damned career of Christoph Metzelder

In the end, it was a career of unfulfilled potential, one cruelly defined by injuries. Christoph Metzelder, ever the optimist, didn’t see it like that though: “I am just thankful for my…

Marcelo Bielsa: the Mexico diaries

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The coming of Isco: a star finally on the way to greatness

Illustration by Federico Manasse The headlines the morning after seemed hyperbolic, but those that witnessed it knew there was no exaggeration. “What a bully!” read Marca’s front page. “Sensational”, effused Mundo Deportivo.…

Gareth Bale: the man who redefined Welsh football’s future

Illustration by Federico Manasse When Gareth Bale struck the ball from 30 yards towards England goalkeeper Joe Hart, there was a pause of tentative expectation from the watching Wales fans. It felt…

Xavi and the modern art of midfield dominance

Illustration by Federico Manasse Xavi Hernández departed the pitch for the final time as a Barcelona player, filled with emotion. It was bittersweet for the then-35-year-old, who departed for Qatar in 2015…

Zinedine Zidane: myth, God and king

Illustration by Federico Manasse “Zidane is a myth,” said former France coach Raymond Domenech. “A myth capable of setting off emotions in people, and not only positive ones.” Domenech’s assessment of a player…

Johan Cruyff: the American diaries

Johan Cruyff’s impact on football was far-reaching to say the least. His influence on the game in the Netherlands and Spain has been rightly lauded, and his role in the revolutionary Total…

Juan Sebastián Verón: the witch who cast a spell on football

“Is that the Verón?” exclaimed Mick McCarthy, a tone of genuine inquisitiveness and slight incredulity in his voice. Rather bizarrely, the former Republic of Ireland and Wolverhampton Wanderers manager had been selected…

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…