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Marcelo Bielsa: the Mexico diaries

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The decline of Lille and a troubling time for its ultras

THE IMAGES FROM the pitch invasion and threatening chants at the end of the Lille and Montpellier game recently shocked many, but don’t come as a great surprise to most. In an increasingly…

Where do you draw the line between progression and success?

After Luis Enrique announced his seemingly inevitable resignation as Barcelona coach, he made a poignant statement: “The reason clearly had to do with the way of life I need to have in this…

A Tale of One City: Rosario

From Messi and Batistuta to Bielsa and Menotti, few cities in the world of football have given us more talent than the Argentine metropolis of Rosario

How Chile are stuck between glory and indefinite wilderness

For close to a decade, the Chileans wandered in the wilderness looking for an identity. What eventually followed was perhaps the most entertaining and successful football in their nation’s history. Now they run…

Marcelo Bielsa, Plato and what we can and cannot know

WHEN YOU’RE A CHILD AND YOU DREAM OF BEING A FOOTBALLER, you dream of playing in games like the one Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain played out on Easter Sunday, 2015. Going into…

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…

Mauricio Pochettino’s Bielsa-esque work at Tottenham

The term ‘Coaching Tree’ is one that is familiar to those that follow American sports. There, coaches spend time learning under more experienced colleagues before branching out from their mentor to form careers…

Chile: the style of a generation

Multiple theories persist regarding the conception of football styles. Specific styles can sometimes be traced back to the coaches and players directly implicated in their promulgation. However, some propose that there are more…