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Matt Gault

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How Giovanni Trapattoni adapted his way into legend

This feature is part of The Masterminds THE PRESS CONFERENCE was an explosive three minutes, leaving a cluster of Germany’s top journalists stunned and bewildered. Bayern Munich coach Giovanni Trapattoni was addressing…

Sir Matt Busby and the art of making anything possible

This feature is part of The Masterminds SOME MANAGERS find it difficult to build one truly great team. Sir Matt Busby built three. At Old Trafford, the legendary Scot made Manchester United…

Jock Stein: the ordinary man who was anything but

This feature is part of The Masterminds “EVERY MANAGER DIES a little during a game. I’d rather die in a dug-out than moulder away in a director’s box.” Jock Stein, speaking in 1978. Many…

Pep Guardiola: the thinker who reinvented the modern game

This feature is part of The Masterminds More than anything else, a football manager thinks about winning. It’s the source of their happiness, their confidence and, ultimately, keeps them in employment. No manager…

The obsession of Marcelo Bielsa

As featured on Guardian Sport With one brief, shocking press conference, he was gone. Marcelo Bielsa announced to the media at the Stade Vélodrome following Olympique Marseille’s 1-0 loss to Caen that he had…

A Tale of One City: Belfast

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Even though a meeting between the ‘Big Two’ in Northern Ireland was always a hotly-contested affair, this one had even more of an…

A Tale of One City: Mexico City

This feature is part of A Tale of One City The rain was thumping down on the Azteca turf but it failed to dampen the spirit of Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera. In the midst…

A Tale of One City: Melbourne

This feature is part of A Tale of One City You don’t have to journey very far back to encounter the last thrilling Melbourne derby. Just last week, in fact, as Victory overcame City…

A Tale of One City: Dublin

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Dublin is a city with an astonishing history. Walking through it, you find yourself regularly captivated by a building or statue that reminds…

Zvonimir Boban and the kick that started a war

There is one man who towers above the rest when it comes to the uncomfortable entwining of football and politics: Zvonimir Boban. The former AC Milan midfielder enjoyed a richly successful club career,…

A Tale of One City: Hamburg

This feature is part of A Tale of One City IF YOU WANT AN ALTERNATIVE, exhilarating, football experience, then visit Hamburg. There, in northern Germany’s major port city, you will find the Reeperbahn; more…