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  • 06.04.16
    Ibrahimovic looks set to join Mourinho at Man United. Mavericks | Comments Off on Ibrahimovic looks set to join Mourinho at Man United.
    Mino Raiola, the animated agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has reached a deal with Manchester United to bring the Swedish international to Old Trafford. The 34-year-old will now seek assurances from José Mourinho over the role he will play in the red shirt before any deal is complete, as Zlatan has no intentions to spending his time on the bench. It probably comes as no surprise that the Swede wishes to partner up with the former Chelsea boss. “I have spoken to Mourinho every day since I left Inter," Ibrahimovic said at a Sweden press conference. "We talk a lot”. He was never going ...
  • 05.22.16
    Mourinho set to become Man United manager this week. Mavericks | Comments Off on Mourinho set to become Man United manager this week.
    Louis van Gaal has appeared to have taken charge of Manchester United for the last time following his FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace yesterday. The Red Devils' performances under the Dutchman have been sub-par to what the club expects, having been a dominant side for two decades. Rumours emerged that months ago that José Mourinho would be the replacement. One street vendor outside Old Trafford last January went as far as selling Manchester United scarves with the Portuguese's image across it along with the words "The Special One". Now multiple reports suggest that the 53-year-old will indeed be taking over ...
  • 02.04.14
    What next for Fernando Torres? Superstars | Comments Off on What next for Fernando Torres?
    It's three years now since Fernando Torres left Anfield for Stamford Bridge for a fee of £50 million - a British record. His tenure at Liverpool was quite successful. In his four years on Merseyside, the Spanish international scored 65 goals in 102 league games. Not a bad ratio. He's played almost the same amount of league games for Chelsea and hasn't even scored a third of what he achieved at Liverpool. So the question is: what next for Fernando Torres? There was a time when Torres was one of, if not, the world's best striker. It was the former Spanish ...
  • 09.17.13
    Champions League is back! Gameweek 1 preview. Champions League | Comments Off on Champions League is back! Gameweek 1 preview.
    Champions League is back. Is anyone else excited? Oh, everyone is? Ok then. Let's waste no more time and have a look what's to come over the next couple of days in Europe's biggest club competition. In Group A, it's an unbelievably massive fixture for David Moyes as he leads his Manchester United side against Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford. Usually, I'd say "ah, it's business as usual" if Fergie was in charge. But it's a new era and, to be honest, I don't know it's going to fare. United will have to keep the criminally under-rated Stefan Kießling quiet, that ...
  • 06.05.13
    The past week in football: from German blushes to the Special One's return Footy thoughts, Republic of Ireland, Superstars | Comments Off on The past week in football: from German blushes to the Special One's return
    What a week it's been in the world of football. I suppose the biggest news is that José Mourinho has gone back to Ch...oh you've heard. Well, it's big news for English football and, possibly more so, for English journalists. The Special One has been known to give a good interview or three (something the Spanish press didn't appreciate). Mourinho will have his work cut out for him in my honest opinion. Yes - he is a winner. Yes - his record speaks for itself. Yes - he is loved by Chelsea fans. But the pressure will be on him to ...
  • 05.03.13
    What next for Barça and where next for Mourinho? Uncategorized | Comments Off on What next for Barça and where next for Mourinho?
    Adios amigos. The two Spanish teams are out of the Champions League and it will be an all-German affair come May 25th when Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. The last time a Bundesliga club won this trophy was back in 2001. But while German football continues to increasingly shine, lots of people are wondering what next for Spain's "big two". "End of an era" is what many journalists wrote on Wednesday night after Barcelona's 7-0 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich. Some players, such as Xavi, dismissed such headlines. "There's no need to be drastic," he told Spanish television. "The ...
  • 03.04.12
    Another manager required at Chelsea. Apply within. Europe | Comments Off on Another manager required at Chelsea. Apply within.
    Just the one win in Chelsea's last seven matches and only three from their last 12 in the league, billionaire owner Roman Abramovich acted the way he knows best in these situations: by giving yet another manager the chop. This time on the receiving end of it was André Villas-Boas. Saturday's 1-0 league defeat to West Brom was the final straw for the powers that be at Stamford Bridge. What next for the Blues? Well, Roberto Di Matteo will take charge for the mean time, but who will be the next permanent manager (if such a title is possible at Chelsea)? Already ...
  • 02.29.12
    London calling for The Special One? Europe, Internationals, Superstars | Comments Off on London calling for The Special One?
    International fixtures are what's on the menu this week for many a footballer and football fan. But Real Madrid manager José "Special One" Mourinho began his week by taking a flight to London on Tuesday morning and, according to Madrid-based sports newspaper AS, went house hunting in the English capital alongside his wife, Matilde. Is he leaving Real Madrid? He may well do. Despite Madrid's current league advantage over rivals Barcelona, Mourinho has not had the easiest of relationships with club president Florentino Perez or indeed some of the Spanish press - some of whom quite publicly do not respect Mourinho's work ...
  • 09.08.11
    Here comes the son Europe, Mavericks | Comments Off on Here comes the son
    Football el Mundo was in Milan at the weekend. Sadly there was no time to take in a pilgrimage to the San Siro. But there was time to read the local football press. One of the main stories was José Mourinho including a 16-year old youth to join his first team training this week. His name? Enzo Zidane. You read that surname correctly. It is his son. Of course, Zizou was, in my opinion, in the top three of the greatest players to ever play the game. A World Cup-winner and himself a Madrid 'galactico' who retired at the top of ...
  • 08.19.11
    Has José Mourinho taken it a little too far this time? Europe | Comments Off on Has José Mourinho taken it a little too far this time?
    Eye-gouging on the touchline. Well, it's certainly a new approach to get under someone's skin from The Special One as his Real Madrid side travelled to Barcelona's Camp Nou during the week for the 2nd leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Following Marcelo's two-legged tackle on Barça's Cesc Fabregas, chaos ensued at the sideline. Red cards were being thrown around to Marcelo, Mesut Ozil and David Villa. Then Mourinho very calmly walks up behind Pep Guardiola's number two Tito Vilanova and very bizarelly sticks his finger in the Barça assistant's eye. Vilanova retaliated by pushing The Special One who in turn ...
  • 07.21.11
    Always read the small print Superstars, Transfers | Comments Off on Always read the small print
    In January, Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam was linked with a move away from Bloomfield Road and was rumoured with a transfer to Liverpool. The seasiders' manager Ian "Ollie" Holloway would make a percentage of any transfer Adam completes and came under criticism as many claimed this was the reason he held off bids from Liverpool even labelling their £4 million offer as "disgraceful". Adam eventually made the move to Anfield for £7 million last week, Ollie made a nice few bob out of the deal and the media said nothing about it. But Holloway personally making a nice lump sum of ...
  • 04.03.11
    Ones to watch #6 : Alvaro Morata Ones to watch | Comments Off on Ones to watch #6 : Alvaro Morata
    Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez's famous galactico policy in the early 2000's meant that youngsters coming through the ranks of los blancos might find it hard getting into the team alongside the Beckhams, Zidanes, Figos and the likes. However some (though very few) did. Perez is currently in his second stint as Madrid president and his so-called second galactico era is in full swing with Madrid forking out absolute millions for the likes of Kaká, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Young players like Pedro Leon and Sergio Canales are all enjoying life on Madrid's most senior roster - though neither are graduates. ...