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  1. Sore Mourinho, Messi's future, Moyes' delusions, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Twelve years -- roughly from the time his Porto side took on Lazio in the semifinals of the UEFA Cup -- of following Jose Mourinho, and I'm none the wiser. Twelve years of talking to players, opponents, employers, agents and referees, and I stil...

    Blog | April 21, 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. 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
  4. Martino's mistake, Chelsea's reward and Bundesliga imbalance

    Gabriele Marcotti

    I appreciate that in the modern game you have to rotate your team to keep everyone fresh. I get it. But it's tough to fathom what "Tata" Martino was thinking ahead of Barcelona's trip to Real Sociedad, which ended in a 3-1 defeat. This was a plac...

    Blog | February 24, 2014
  5. 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
  6. Is Ibrahimovic an antihero to be rooted for?

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Something curious happens as athletes age, particularly ones who divided opinion in their prime. You start rooting for them because, no matter how much you may have disliked them in their pomp, there's a part of you that's captivated as they rage aga...

    Blog | November 13, 2013
  7. Bayern's Bayer blues, Suarez-Sturridge success, Juve prevail, mor...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Bayern Munich took the pitch against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday just one point off the top of the Bundesliga, knowing that Borussia Dortmund had lost at Borussia Monchengladbach earlier that day. This meant that a draw would be enough for first pla...

    Blog | October 07, 2013
  8. Carlo Ancelotti prepared for Real Madrid hot seat, Moyes' media m...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    You can understand why Carlo Ancelotti looked glum -- or at least more hangdog than usual. It wasn't just the defeat to Atletico Madrid, though losing against the perennial second bananas in the league for the first time since the last millennium...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  9. First shot of new Clasico era, Hart's mistakes, Napoli's start, m...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    The next Clasico is 64 days away, but maybe it can't come soon enough for Gerardo "Tata" Martino. It doesn't quite carry the venom of the Pep Guardiola-Jose Mourinho era, but saying that Real Madrid's reported mega-bid for Gareth Bale showed "almost ...

    Blog | August 26, 2013
  10. Arsenal's ineptitude, Real and PSG labor, Pogba's potential, more...

    Gabriele Marcotti

    OK, let's take Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at face value. Let's presume he's serious and he means it when he says: "We are there to spend money. People say: 'Buy players, buy players, buy players.' But who? We analyze every single player in the wo...

    Blog | August 19, 2013
  11. Chelsea's grit, Messi's goals, Di Canio's hire, more

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Too often we assume that turmoil means you can't produce anything good, and Chelsea's travails this year are well-documented. A manager whom most of the fans -- and some of the players -- don't like. A club captain forever in controversy and whose...

    Blog | April 01, 2013
  12. Atletico should be proud in defeat

    Gabriele Marcotti

    For half an hour, it worked. For thirty-odd minutes Atletico Madrid's players redeemed themselves for that horrid display against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and showed no fear, plenty of fight and some genuine quality in the Camp Nou, Barcelona's...

    Blog | December 17, 2012
  13. Why does Ibrahimovic get so much stick?

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic arguments go a little like this: Guy A points out that he's great because he won nine league titles with five different clubs in three different leagues and he's Sweden's third all-time leading goal scorer. Guy B hits backs sayi...

    Blog | November 15, 2012
  14. Marcotti: Trying to understand Financial Fair Play

    Gabriele Marcotti

    Chelsea, PSG and Zenit -- to name three big clubs -- have spent mad money on players. But what about Financial Fair Play? Gabriele Marcotti tries to clear up the confusion around UEFA's new rules and regulations.

    Story | Conversation | September 05, 2012
  15. Marcotti: Cristiano Ronaldo is sad, Ferguson rolls the dice

    Gabriele Marcotti

    In this week's Monday Musings, Gab Marcotti wonders why Ronaldo is sad (it's probably not about the money), how SAF rolled the dice with De Gea and AC Milan's new savior.

    Story | Conversation | September 03, 2012
  16. 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