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So now at the completion of the group stage, we were down to the last 16 teams. There was a one day rest between the final group game in Group G, and the start of the knockout stage. After having two weeks of relentless football, the intermission seemed to take a lifetime.
 
Last 16
Saturday June 30th – Day 16
The first last 16 game, saw Group C winners France, play Group D runners up Argentina. France’s Antoine Griezmann slammed the crossbar with an early free kick. France were then awarded a penalty. …

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

If there has been one thing clear about Louis Van Gaal fledging career at Manchester United, it is the no messing nature of his regime. Compromise? That is not a philosophy or word that the Dutchman even knows the meaning of.  Luke Shaw is considered too fat, the training ground to windy, 4-3-3 outdated and useless and Danny Welbeck not good enough but is this fair?
Welbeck is not an awful player, people tend to see footballers in two lights : you are rubbish or you are a superstar, it is …

There was a sense of inevitability about Chelsea’s season even before they laboured to a disappointing goalless draw with relegation doomed Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The lacklustre performance gives new evidence for the  growing number who have begun to question Mourinho’s methods. Yet just a month ago Chelsea were on course for the league and a possible European title with Mourinho, arguably one of the best managers in the game, at the helm and in control. However, this disappointing slump in fortunes should not lead to writing off  Mourinho but serve as a wake …

“Your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important.” Few football lovers can afford to forget Sir Alex Ferguson’s final speech to the United fans before his emotional goodbye to the world’s biggest football club but few have remember the wisdom that was at the heart of his speech.  Sir Alex had an unremarkable first season in Manchester, finishing a disappointing 12th in League and only managing to get as far as the fourth round in the FA Cup, so the former Manager understands the value …

With Sir Alex Ferguson being lauded for 26 years in charge of Manchester United, the blue side of Manchester has said farewell to Roberto Mancini, the man that got them their first League title in 44 years.
Granted, it wasn’t the best kept secret in club Football but shouldn’t clubs keep faith for a little longer?
Sir Alex didn’t win his first cup till 1990. He was given time, but now in a modern age where teams seemingly are Millionaire’s (and Billionaire’s) monopoly squares, time seems to be the only resource managers …

So, another amazing football season is coming to an end. It’s been full of love and heartbreak, shocks and surprises. But which of the world’s managers have done exceptionally well this season?
 
Sir Alex Ferguson – The legendary manager recently announced his retirement from football, and in a heart warming ceremony at Old Trafford he saw his team get a 2-1 win over Swansea in his last home game as Manchester United manager. But the old man still has it. In his final season as a professional football manager, Sir Alex …

A quick answer from Old Trafford is no, while the Russian at Stamford Bridge is in favour. There is hardly a universal answer, but most teams sitting at the bottom of the Premier League decided to put the blame on their former managers. It can only be known in May how effective their moves are. The Linesman pre-assesses case-by-case whether the decisions of the board are justified.
Reading: Was it the manager’s fault?
They have surely produced some entertaining football. Two goals in the last ten minutes frustrated Chelsea; leading Manchester United …

After Rafael Benítez’ inevitable departure at the end of the season, Roman Abramovich will have seen four Champions League winning managers leave his club, only one of whom has succeeded in leading Chelsea to a Champions League final. Despite high-profile managers coming and going on a regular basis, Chelsea’s two Champions League final appearances have come during periods of transient management following a sacking of a high profile manager: Avram Grantin 2008 who replaced Jose Mourinho and Roberto Di Matteo in 2012 who took charge following André Villas-Boas’ departure.  Roberto …

There is a reason why Manchester United keep winning the Premier league. It’s because they know how. Man City and their Arab friends believe that the only way to win is to just spend as much money as they can to buy the best players available and just put them out there to do their stuff.

It worked, but only once. Why? Because they didn’t have the drive to go and win it again. They are like the Roman Empire, they had it all and they got fat and lazy and …