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  1. Atletico proves money isn't everything

    Rory Smith

    Jose Mourinho spent most of this season perpetuating it. Arsene Wenger has espoused it for years, too. So did Rafael Benitez. It extends way beyond the Premier League, though, into every major European competition. It is perhaps the most pervasiv...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  2. End of season review: Chelsea

    Phil Lythell

    Intro It has been a strange though ultimately satisfactory season. Following the emotional roller coaster of the Rafael Benitez reign, prior to the start of the campaign a top-three finish and participation in the quarterfinals of the Champions Le...

    Blog | May 13, 2014
  3. Torres' English exploits leave behind pair of legacies

    Richard Jolly

    It was a moment to illustrate the different generations at Stamford Bridge. After Sunday's 0-0 draw with Norwich, Tomas Kalas, a veteran of one league start, was asked to take on the duties of photographer by his elders. The core four of the Roman Ab...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  4. Coppa Italia a big deal for resurgent Fiorentina

    Michael Cox

    The Coppa Italia isn't traditionally afforded the prominence of other domestic cup competitions; while the FA Cup is routinely hyped in England as "the most famous cup competition in the world," you'd be hard-pressed to find an Italian who feels that...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  5. Liverpool are playground bullies - next stop, top of the class

    Steven Kelly

    In the immediate aftermath of a crushing disappointment, the fightback of Liverpool supporters was admirable. There was much discussion about Everton's home record against Manchester City, references to other league seasons when fortunes have swung l...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  6. AVB/Sherwood contrast hints at English football's fear of change

    Rory Smith

    Tim Sherwood had a beaming smile on his face as he said it. Tottenham's press officer had already warned the assembled throng of journalists to cease and desist with the questions about his future. Less probing about where he stands, please, and m...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  7. Napoli complete Ghoulam signing

    Ben Gladwell and Ian Holyman

    Transfer news

    Story | Conversation | January 31, 2014
  8. Three things from a upstart Serie A in 2014

    Ben Gladwell

    Serie A is off to a strong start in 2014, here are some interesting stories to round off the first matchweek of the year. Crazy for Mata Add a 't' to the name of Juan Mata, and you've got an Italian word for crazy. Coach Rafael Benitez surmise...

    Blog | January 06, 2014
  9. The five events that shaped Chelsea's 2013

    Phil Lythell

    Chelsea still have one more fixture to negotiate before the advent of the New Year -- a top-four clash on Sunday with old foes Liverpool, no less -- but whatever the result it will not change the fact that 2013 has been yet another roller-coaster yea...

    Blog | December 27, 2013
  10. High-stakes game for Dortmund against Napoli

    Stefan Buczko

    On Tuesday night Dortmund welcomes in SSC Napoli for a Champions League match that has been dubbed the "most important game of the season -- so far". Dortmund has to win to maintain a chance for progression into the knock-out stages. Even though C...

    Blog | November 25, 2013
  11. Rapid Reaction: Arsenal-Napoli

    James Horncastle

    LONDON -- Arsenal clicked on all cylinders in their 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli on Tuesday, giving manager Arsene Wenger plenty to celebrate on his 17th anniversary of joining the club. Here are five standout points from the match: 1. Ho...

    Blog | October 01, 2013
  12. Benitez to end Mata's nightmare

    ESPN staff

    Juan Mata's mini-nightmare at Chelsea could be about to end with the Mirror reporting that former Stamford Bridge boss, Rafael Benitez, is preparing a January raid for the Spain international. Mata was again not required by Jose Mourinho as the Blues...

    Blog | September 21, 2013
  13. Skrtel tipped for January Napoli switch

    ESPN staff

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been backed to join former Reds manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli in the January transfer window, the Daily Star reports. Corriere dello Sport suggest Benitez is still keen to sign the Slovakia international on loa...

    Blog | September 10, 2013
  14. Top Tenner: Jose Mourinho feuds

    Nick Miller

    10 -- Sir Alex Ferguson: Before they were best pals, chuckling about dodgy Portuguese wine, Sir Alex Ferguson and Mourinho had words. The enduring image of the 2004 Champions League second round was Mourinho bounding down the Old Trafford touchline,...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  15. Napoli's ambition matched by its summer of action

    Ben Gladwell

    In the late 1980s, Italian football was the realm of Napoli and a certain Diego Armando Maradona. Inspired by El Pibe de Oro, the Partenopei picked up two Serie A titles and won both the UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia in the club's most definitive era. In...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  16. Marek Hamsik's creativity ideal for Rafa Benitez's Napoli revolut...

    Michael Cox

    It has been an exciting summer of coaching changes across Europe: The top seven favourites for the Champions League, the top three in England, the top two in Spain, plus the champions of France, Germany and Portugal all started 2013-14 with a new man...

    Blog | August 22, 2013