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  1. Decoding Luiz's PSG move, Real Madrid's fickle nature, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    We don't know exactly how much Paris Saint-Germain will pay to sign David Luiz from Chelsea. Reported figures have ranged from $67 million to $80 million; you suspect that some part of it may be performance-related. What we do know is that the pla...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  2. City's deserved success, Rodgers' achievements, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Manchester City's final day was about not screwing things up, which, inevitably, might have made it anticlimactic to some. But that's not what matters. Nor do the statistical nuggets -- they were top for only 15 days! -- mean anything. What counts...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  3. La Liga heats up, sad scenes in Italy and Spain, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Ladies and gentlemen, La Liga just got a whole lot tighter. Going into the weekend, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid had, among them, won 78 of 94 games against the other 17 teams in La Liga, or 83 percent of matches. But this past mat...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  4. Mou's winning gamble, great Prem race, Seedorf's Milan mess, more...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers joked that in Chelsea's 2-0 win at Anfield on Sunday, Jose Mourinho had "parked two buses." I doubt anyone would dispute that. But it really shouldn't be another excuse to open up the seemingly endless debate over "a...

    Blog | April 28, 2014
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Rooney's new deal, Conte vs. Capello, Webb's bad day and more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Numerous outlets are reporting that Wayne Rooney's camp and Manchester United have all but agreed to terms on a contract extension that would tie him to Old Trafford through 2019. An announcement is expected later this week, and though the numbers...

    Blog | February 17, 2014
  10. Man Utd's mistakes, Real momentum and Liverpool's progress

    Gabriele Marcotti

    David Moyes said the difference between Manchester United and Chelsea on Sunday was defending on set pieces: United's was poor, Chelsea's was good. It was actually a bit more than that, though there are some positives for United to take from thei...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  11. Is Clarence Seedorf 'born ready' to lead Milan?

    Gabriele Marcotti

    "I was born ready." The phrase is so associated with Clarence Seedorf that he put it on his official website. The thing is it applies to so many steps in his career. He was "born ready" in 1991 when, at the age of 15, he was profiled by Dutch t...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  12. Ronaldo's win, Atleti-Barca, Tiote's 'goal,' Allegri's exit and m...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    It wasn't hard to predict that Cristiano Ronaldo was likely to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or. Even if you did not think he was number one in terms of FIFA's criteria -- "on-field performance and behavior on and off the pitch" -- even marginal knowled...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  13. Mediocre Milan, Bayern's good news and Vincent Tan's thinking

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Referring to the standard of the players on the pitch, the Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport called it the "technically poorest" Milan derby in history. That may be debatable to some point, but you can see where they're coming from. ...

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  14. AVB's departure, Suarez and Neymar's scoring and Dempsey's decisi...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Tottenham Hotspur lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool on Sunday, and less than 16 hours later, Andre Villas-Boas was no longer in charge at White Hart Lane. In situations like these, many ask whether the manager "deserved to go." Only that's the wrong q...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  15. Barca's bad week, Prem spending outrage, Rooney's form, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    One of Tata Martino's tasks as Barcelona manager was to vary their style of play and make the team less dependent on Lionel Messi by helping Neymar's integration into the side. By and large, Martino was getting there without sacrificing results, as e...

    Blog | December 02, 2013
  16. Bayern's mole problem, Evra's outburst and why Martino's adjustme...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Guardiola has a leaky issue There are 21 games left in the Bundesliga season, so you're not going to call the race just now. But following Bayern's 3-0 win at Borussia Dortmund, there are plenty reasons to do just that. Bayer Leverkusen are fo...

    Blog | November 25, 2013