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  1. Bento promoting new generation of Portuguese football

    Simon Curtis

    Those banging the drum for the inclusion of Ricardo Quaresma in Paulo Bento's Portugal World Cup squad over the past few months of the season, as the Porto winger came into prolonged scintillating form, will have been disappointed when the squad was ...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  2. The importance of being Ronaldo

    Simon Curtis

    Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from revealing his biceps, triceps and other toned, vein-streaked bits and bobs, now turns his attention away from the Real Madrid Decima party to an even more needy beast: the Portuguese World Cup squad. It will be a tough j...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  3. Yaya doesn't take the cake

    Simon Curtis

    Now, I don't know about you, but I could never quite decide whether Yaya Toure was a Victoria sponge type of guy, a lover of buccellato or just a fiend for a fondant fancy. Those of us battered by the history of Manchester City (we've already see...

    Blog | May 20, 2014
  4. Steady Bento offers few surprises in Portugal 30

    Simon Curtis

    Paulo Bento's initial World Cup 30, announced today, further cements his position as the "Man Who Likes Stability." There were few surprises and now it's just a short wait until May 19, when the 30 will quickly become known as the 23. It was rumoured...

    Blog | May 15, 2014
  5. Portugal spurred on by memories of two heroes

    Simon Curtis

    Portugal coach Paulo Bento is widely recognised as a conservative and traditional man. In footballing terms, he has built the Portugal national side in his nation's character, sticking to tried and trusted formations, staffed by tried and trusted pro...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  6. All hail the champions

    Simon Curtis

    Was this the day we waved good bye to "typical City" and stepped out into the harsh light of a brave new world? Some will hope not, after decades of spectacular failure and belly laughs at every corner. Manchester City just aren't Manchester City wit...

    Blog | May 11, 2014
  7. City are veterans of final day joy and despair

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City fans will have been doing one of two things this week, having seen an attritional game of patience against Aston Villa on Monday turn into a second-half deluge, both meteorologically speaking and literally. The first thing to do as...

    Blog | May 09, 2014
  8. The ecstasy and agony of a thrilling title race

    Simon Curtis

    And so it comes to this. After a league season dominated by Arsenal's rampant start, by Chelsea's heavy motors and then suddenly -- to everyone's apparent glee -- by a resurrected Liverpool on a direct spurt from 1989, we are left with only one prope...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  9. With City stars back in side, anything's possible

    Simon Curtis

    "When Manchester City received the investment that has since changed the club beyond all recognition, Everton were reputed to have been one of the clubs Sheikh Mansour looked at with a view to buying. City were picked and moved swiftly on. Everton we...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  10. Delve deeper, UEFA, as FFP is just the tip of the iceberg

    Simon Curtis

    UEFA's investigatory chamber, the austerely named Club Financial Control Body, has decided that Manchester City's spending under Sheikh Mansour's stewardship has not exactly complied with their sparkly new FFP rules. We are led to believe that a puni...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  11. The Premier League pendulum swings City's way

    Simon Curtis

    There was an eerie, almost poetic contrast between the final frantic minutes played out by Liverpool as they saw Chelsea's heavily depleted side wrap up a 2-0 win at Anfield and the calm authority with which Manchester City bestrode the Selhurst Park...

    Blog | April 27, 2014
  12. Walking down memory lane -- 1981 and all that

    Simon Curtis

    "John Bond's cup runneth over, but Malcolm Allison's remains dry as a bone...." So went the opening line of Colin Malam's report for the Sunday Telegraph in January 1981. The match that had just been completed on the soaking wet Maine Road pitch, ...

    Blog | April 26, 2014
  13. Man City gear up for another end of season spectacular

    Simon Curtis

    With fingers now being crossed in Manchester and West London that a wheel or two can gently fall off the dangerously speeding Liverpool bandwagon before the finishing line is reached, City's straightforward delivery of three points last Monday night ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  14. City's stellar season now feels underwhelming

    Simon Curtis

    Manchester City, deep into Phase 3 of a strangely serpentine season, must now hope that there might just be an obtuse, jarring, exhilarating and extremely short Phase 4 before the season's curtain drops on us all in less than a month's time. Phas...

    Blog | April 18, 2014
  15. Time for Pellegrini to face the music

    Simon Curtis

    As Manchester City's mentally tired players stumbled to a desperate, season-defining draw at home to basement dwellers Sunderland, manager Manuel Pellegrini wore the expression of an old lady being introduced to the Internet after 35 years of studiou...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  16. Sunderland must fear history repeating itself

    Simon Curtis

    Approaching the end of a season with a game affecting the possible relegation of Sunderland will remind many of the tumultuous struggle enacted at Maine Road on May 11, 1991. This was the penultimate season before the onset of the all-dancing, all-pr...

    Blog | April 15, 2014