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  1. With FFP progress imminent, what does it all mean?

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Financial fair play is here. At least the next step. UEFA's Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) got together in Nyon, Switzerland, this week and soon -- possibly in the next few days but definitely before the end of the month -- those clubs who are in...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  2. Gerrard's emotion, an Anfield epic, Martino's mess, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Sometimes, the mask falls. Professionalism, leadership, the distance that comes from being both a 1-percenter and a celebrity, the machismo that 30-something young men affect ... all of it slips away. And you're left naked. Steven Gerrard rarel...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  3. ESPN FC TV debate: Are Bayern better this season than last?

    Gabriele Marcotti and Craig Burley

    In the first of a regular feature, ESPN FC contributors go head-to-head to debate one of the big topics of the day. This week, it's Gabriele Marcotti vs. Craig Burley on the subject of whether Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich are superior to Jupp Heynck...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  4. Strap yourself in and enjoy the Champions League semifinal ride

    Gabriele Marcotti

    You wanted subplots? This is "War and Peace" meets "North and South" meets "General Hospital." Except it's all unscripted. - Draw: Real vs. Bayern, Atletico vs. Chelsea - Poll: Who'll win Champions League? Start with the fact that, unless Dieg...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  5. Mourinho took risks at the right time

    Gabriele Marcotti

    "Andre Schuerrle comes on and scores ... Demba Ba comes on and scores ... what do you call that?" "Luck!" That was the exchange between an Italian television reporter and Jose Mourinho moments after Chelsea's 2-0 victory versus Paris Saint-Ge...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  6. Martinez impresses, Bayern's priorities and Bale's brilliance

    Gabriele Marcotti

    That's six straight Premier League wins for Everton following Sunday's 3-0 thrashing of Arsenal. Roberto Martinez's crew is now a point behind the Gunners with a game in hand. Fourth place -- at the expense of Arsenal -- and a spot in the Champio...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  7. Pep's progress continues with a Bundesliga title

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Here's the thing. Odds are, every coach, motivational speaker, teacher or spiritual guide you've ever encountered has told you some variation of the same concept at some point. "You learn more from setbacks than from success." "When you get k...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  8. A classic Clasico, Marriner's mistake, Milan's malaise and more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    There's something incredibly satisfying when a mega sporting event lives up to the hype. Watch enough of this sport and you quickly become aware of how desperate the game is to sell itself as entertainment, which is fine, except we all know there are...

    Blog | March 24, 2014
  9. Chelsea can't win the Champions League ... or can they?

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Most bookmakers have a pretty clear hierarchy when it comes to predicting the Champions League winner. Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona stand head and shoulders above everybody else, usually with the Germans ahead and the other two pretty muc...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  10. Rodgers' flexibility, Messi's 'record,' Bayern post-Hoeness, more...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Given the trends and the state of the two clubs, it probably wasn't so surprising that Liverpool should take all three points at Old Trafford. What is remarkable -- apart from the 3-0 score and the fact that there could easily have been five penaltie...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  11. How to fix AC Milan

    Gabriele Marcotti

    OK, so now the Champions League is done. There's no point in AC Milan reflecting on the number of times they hit the woodwork in the first leg. In 180 minutes, Atletico Madrid were simply better, which is what you'd expect when the second-best team i...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  12. Man City's rot, Barca's slump, Bayern's record push, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Give all the credit in the world to Wigan Athletic, Emmerson Boyce, Uwe Rosler, Dave Whelan and whomever else you like. They defeated Manchester City 2-1 Sunday in the FA Cup quarterfinals, making history twice in two years against the Blues, the ric...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  13. 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
  14. Superb Madrid derby, Yaya leads City, hope for Milan, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Now this is what you call a derby. After years of playing second banana to the blue bloods from the Bernabeu, Atletico Madrid took to the pitch with the kind of determination that their manager, Diego Simeone, oozed from every pore in his playing day...

    Blog | March 03, 2014
  15. What does it take to win a World Cup?

    Gabriele Marcotti

    There are 209 nations affiliated to FIFA and yet, in the past 50 years, 20 of the 24 teams that have reached the World Cup final have come from only five nations: Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. Together with Spain, France and ...

    Blog | March 02, 2014
  16. Moyes missing his tactical nous

    Gabriele Marcotti

    First of all, credit to Olympiakos because frankly, they deserve it. On Tuesday, their coach, Michel, outwitted his opposite number; Alejandro "El Chori" Dominguez rolled back the years; and Joel Campbell showed just why, not that long ago, Arsen...

    Blog | February 26, 2014