Fabio Capello has emerged as a contender to replace Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool, and on the surface it seems like a good fit.
A solid if not exactly spectacular early signing followed by intensive speculation over the future of the club captain? Arsenal fans have been here before…
After spending many years as a much derided and decidedly second rate competition, the Italian Cup has enjoyed a renaissance in recent seasons and, having ended the undefeated campaign of Serie A Champions Juventus, Napoli will be hoping it can do the same for then.
When it came to the highest of high pressure situations, Bayern’s stars showed what separates them from the Bavarian heroes of old. They choked, missed their chances, and saw their dream explode in front of their very eyes.
Uli Hoeneß, it emerged this week, has spent 53,000 Euros on a box in the Allianz Arena for the workers at his family’s Nuremberg Bratwurst factory. A perfectly constructed act of Bavarian gallantry spoiled only by the Bayern President’s later admission to regret at having spent so much money.
The Bayern philosophy, according to Hoeneß is “sporting success and financial prosperity”. It is an admirable mantra.
Manchester City did to Manchester United what Manchester United have been doing to the world for years.
There is some concern in Germany that Bayern do not become guilty of underestimating Chelsea ahead of this month’s Champions League Final. Those in West London should be equally wary of making the same mistake.
Three years appears to be the necessary period of sustained transfer investment before a title can be expected, the only thing that ever changes is the scale of the money involved.
This was not Schweinsteiger, Özil, Khedira or Gómez. He was a 19 year old Austrian playing out of position in the biggest game of his life. This was David Alaba.
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