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  1. World Cup Memories: Marco Materazzi

    Gabriele Marcotti

    ESPN FC writer Gab Marcotti visited with players from past World Cups to collect their memories of playing on football's biggest stage. The fourth in the series features Marco Materazzi, who was part of the Italy squad that won the 2006 final and...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  2. What UEFA's Financial Fair Play ruling means

    Gabriele Marcotti

    After months of speculation, settlements have finally been reached between UEFA and nine clubs over breaches of European football's Financial Fair Play regulations. So, what does it all mean? Here are answers to the most pertinent questions. Q: So...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  3. It's vital that Man Utd find a director of football

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Dear Joel and Avram (and if you're reading this, Malcolm, Linda, Edward, Darcie, Bryan and Kevin, too), You guys are the Glazers. You own Manchester United and this is, no doubt, a trying time. You have just parted ways with your manager, David Mo...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  4. The day football died

    Gabriele Marcotti

    The legendary Zico called it "the day football died." That is, obviously, an exaggeration. But when Brazil lost to Italy 3-2 in the second round group stage of the 1982 World Cup, it was at the very least a certain brand of football that was goin...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  5. The setbacks of sin bins

    Gabriele Marcotti

    On March 1, when FIFA's International Football Association Board -- the body that tweaks and preserves the Laws of the Game -- reconvenes, one of the items on the agenda will be "sin bins" or "penalty boxes." It's the idea that, for an infraction lyi...

    Blog | February 05, 2014
  6. Naming and shaming should curb diving

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Tuesday night's ESPN FC show brought about an interesting discussion about diving and what can be done about it. Alexi Lalas argued that it was part of the game, no worse a form of cheating than two-footed tackles over the top of the ball. Craig Burl...

    Blog | October 09, 2013
  7. Improvements in modern scouting to be applauded

    Gabriele Marcotti

    It was nearly 14 years ago in November, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. I got a call from the manager of a Premier League team. I didn't know him well at all, but we had a common acquaintance. He swore me to secrecy (I think the statute...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  8. All of a sudden, big-spender PSG finds itself scrambling

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Projects, eh? Twelve months ago, Paris Saint-Germain had Carlo Ancelotti as manager and Leonardo as director of football, and Thiago Silva -- probably the best central defender on Earth -- was on his way. Now, Ancelotti is at Real Madrid. Leon...

    Blog | July 10, 2013
  9. Italy's attacking flair too much for Mexico

    Gabriele Marcotti

    RIO DE JANEIRO -- Three quick talking points from the Azzurri's 2-1 win over El Tri: 1. If you play possession-based football, you really need to convert your chances. Italy had two or three in the first 10 minutes but could easily have gone a goa...

    Blog | June 16, 2013
  10. A record-breaking paradigm shift

    Gabriele Marcotti

    They say you shouldn't compare different eras; that each superstar exists in his own age and dimension. But of course, we do just that anyway. Messi or Maradona? Pele or Ronaldo? It's the stuff of endless debate. Where things change a little, thou...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  11. The reality behind the match-fixing headlines

    Gabriele Marcotti

    With Europol -- the European Union's law enforcement agency handling criminal intelligence -- claiming it has uncovered evidence of football match-fixing on an unprecedented scale in Europe and beyond, here's your guide to deciphering the semantics o...

    Blog | February 07, 2013
  12. No conspiracy behind Man City's struggles

    Gabriele Marcotti

    We love to conjure up neat and clever theories to explain things in football. Sometimes, there's a logic to it, sometimes there isn't. Take Manchester City, whose Champions League future is hanging by a thread following Tuesday's 2-2 home draw wit...

    Blog | November 07, 2012
  13. Ronaldo and Messi by the numbers

    Gabriele Marcotti

    I have a friend who is a baseball guy. Or, more accurately, he's a big baseball stats/sabermetrics guy. He lives in a world of acronyms: VORP, DIPS and, of course, PECOTA. He knows very little about football but, like many, is fascinated by the etern...

    Blog | October 10, 2012
  14. Don't draw broad conclusions from Terry case

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Nobody who paid even a little bit of attention to John Terry's two "trials" -- the criminal proceeding in a real court of law and the disciplinary hearing run by the Football Association's Independent Regulatory Commission -- can be too surprised by ...

    Blog | October 05, 2012
  15. Gabriele Marcotti -- PSG looks to dominate France's Ligue 1

    Gabriele Marcotti

    With a net spend of around a quarter of a billion dollars in the past 15 months, PSG is primed to dominate France's Ligue 1. But is that a good thing for French football? Gabriele Marcotti takes a closer look ahead of the new season.

    Story | Conversation | August 08, 2012