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  1. Best of the best: An elite XI from 11 superclubs

    Michael Cox

    The era of the superclub means Europe's best talents are, more than ever, concentrated at a few elite clubs. A best European XI would draw so heavily from European Champions Bayern Munich that the process would become rather futile -- here, instead, ...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  2. Lavezzi's energy picks its spots on the pitch

    Michael Cox

    Barcelona's narrow away-goals victory over PSG was a fantastic tie, the type of contest European Cup football is all about. There were a variety of subplots: Zlatan Ibrahimovic against his former side, David Beckham's surprise start in Paris, Lionel ...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  3. The problems with 'Messi dependence'

    Michael Cox

    Barcelona's major problem with "Messi-dependencia" is how to cope when their No. 10 is unavailable. It doesn't happen very often, but the injury that Lionel Messi suffered in Barcelona's 2-2 draw at Paris Saint-Germain on April 2 kept him out of the ...

    Blog | April 09, 2013
  4. The best XI in the Champions League

    Michael Cox

    The resumption of the Champions League is one of the high points on the footballing calendar. Spread over four separate match days to enable fans to watch as many games as possible, it's the stage where Europe's finest talents are expected to shine. ...

    Blog | February 11, 2013
  5. Top 10 footballing moments of 2012

    Michael Cox

    It's been an incredible year for football, both at the club and international level -- with that in mind, here are 10 of the most memorable moments of 2012. 10. Falcao's second goal versus Athletic Bilbao, Europa League final Falcao had won...

    Blog | December 28, 2012
  6. How 2012's flops can turn things around in 2013

    Michael Cox

    From astonishing last-gasp title victories to historic international success stories, 2012 has been a fascinating year of football -- but not everyone has enjoyed it. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken their performances to another level, ...

    Blog | December 20, 2012
  7. Michael Cox -- Enduring memories of the Champions League semifina...

    Michael Cox

    When you're looking for excitement and enduring drama in the Champions League, look no further than the semifinal stage, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | April 19, 2012
  8. Michael Cox -- Punishment doesn't fit the crime for tactical foul...

    Michael Cox

    The laws of football currently tip the balance in favor of those players who want to foul, rather than those who want to play, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | March 29, 2012
  9. Michael Cox -- APOEL's improbable run continues in the Champions ...

    Michael Cox

    On a day when Lionel Messi scored a record five Champions League goals, he was sharing the headlines with the unlikeliest of success stories in Europe, APOEL, which advanced to the quarterfinals, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | March 08, 2012
  10. What's wrong with Wesley Sneijder? -- Michael Cox

    Michael Cox

    Ever since manager Jose Mourinho left Inter, Wesley Sneijder has suffered a serious drop in form, writes Michael Cox, who says we may have overestimated the Dutchman's abilities all along.

    Story | Conversation | February 23, 2012
  11. Thierry Henry's triumphant return to Arsenal -- Michael Cox

    Michael Cox

    Thierry Henry and Jose Reyes returned to their beloved clubs -- Arsenal and Sevilla -- this past week, illustrating how their careers have taken widely different courses, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | January 10, 2012
  12. How will David Villa's long-term injury impact Barcelona and Spai...

    Michael Cox

    How will David Villa's long-term injury impact Barcelona and Spain? Michael Cox takes a closer look.

    Story | Conversation | December 15, 2011
  13. Cesc Fabregas's evolution from Arsenal to Barcelona -- Michael Co...

    Michael Cox

    He was originally envisioned as a deep-lying midfielder, but Cesc Fabregas has gradually moved up the pitch and even used as a central forward at Barcelona, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | December 13, 2011
  14. England relies too much on Wayne Rooney -- Michael Cox -- soccer

    Michael Cox

    England can't afford to drop Wayne Rooney for Euro 2012, but it can't afford to rely on him either, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | October 11, 2011
  15. Bojan Krkic looks to reignite career at Roma -- Michael Cox

    Michael Cox

    He was hailed as Barcelona's next big thing, but Bojan Krkic endured a tough time under manager Pep Guardiola. Now the player hopes to reignite his career at Roma, writes Michael Cox.

    Story | Conversation | July 26, 2011
  16. Soccer: Preview of the Copa America quarterfinals -- Michael Cox

    Michael Cox

    We're down to the business end of the Copa America. Michael Cox looks at the key questions all eight team managers face as we head into the quarterfinals, which start Saturday.

    Story | Conversation | July 15, 2011