There are a couple of mouthwatering FA Cup clashes over the weekend, both with interesting sub-plots.
The Football Lawyer: Once Brazilian players prove their European ancestry, it’s still not easy for them to settle
The fact that there are so many gifted Brazilians actually makes it harder for them to move abroad.
When a player shines in the Bundesliga, it is only a matter of time before he is linked with a move to one of two destinations: Munich or England.
A closer look at yesterday’s 2-2 draw between Manchester City and Liverpool.
Tactics Talk: Liverpool pay the price against Manchester United for putting square pegs in round holes
For all Alex Ferguson’s success, his approach to big games had become largely predictable in recent years. Flood the midfield, counter-attack when possible and take advantage of any mistakes.
Expect to be considered a diver, until proven otherwise.
Suarez, Skrtel and co. formed the the campaign’s symbol of a red ribbon.
Tactics Talk: Will Benitez embrace a new style of play at Chelsea which includes Mata, Hazard and Oscar ?
Forget his previous run-ins with Jose Mourinho while Liverpool boss. Forget his criticism of the Chelsea support. Forget his pledge in 2007 that he would ‘never’ take the Chelsea job. What all those at Chelsea must worry about is what kind of team Rafa Benitez will build in the short six months he has as interim boss at Stamford Bridge.
Next year Derry~London Derry will become the first UK City of Culture. Inspired by Liverpool’s tenure as the European holder of the title, the Northern Irish city will celebrate a year of local culture, as well as holding some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural events and awards.
Tactics Talk: Chelsea fail to make the most of their chances as Liverpool struggle to turn possession into goals
Liverpool’s visit to Chelsea Sunday evening brought together two sides of similar stature but with a huge difference in performance this season.
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