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Ryan Ferguson

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The European obsession of Galatasaray

FOR SOME CLUBS, PLAYING IN EUROPE IS A STRONG AMBITION. For others, it’s a cardinal necessity. Money is thrown about to ensure constant participation, as the prestige of elite competition becomes a…

Juventus, Calciopoli and a year in Serie B

THE BLOW, WHEN IT CAME, WAS DEVASTATING. Juventus, one of the world’s grandest football clubs, was plunged into squalor. Two league titles were taken away, obliterated from the record books with stunning…

Can a Dutch club win the Champions League again?

The goal was scrappy. Patrick Kluivert, on as a late substitute, slipped and stumbled through the penalty area before somehow stabbing the ball home. With five minutes remaining, Ajax were ahead in the…

José Mourinho: the Porto years

THE BALL LOOPED OVER A TIRED MONACO DEFENDER into the vacant fields of destiny. Dmitri Alenichev, one of many Porto predators, slithered in pursuit, before pounding it beyond the helpless goalkeeper high…