March, 2012

  1. Why the F*@K is Montpellier so good?


    March 31, 2012 by Sam Elling

    Without the big-spending of PSG, the support of Marseille or the incredible front office of Lyon, Montpellier are on top of Ligue 1. Figuring out why a team promoted just three years ago is leading the title race could prove to be even more confusing than their success itself. Is it because the “top dogs” don’t have any teeth? Or is something special happening?

    The Top Dogs:

  2. Rafael Benitez: Football’s Forgotten Man


    March 30, 2012 by Sean Charles




    La Liga (2): 2001-02, 2003-04

    UEFA Cup (1): 2003-04

    UEFA Champions League (1): 2004-05

    UEFA Champions League Runner Up (1): 2006-07

    FA Cup (1): 2005-06

    FA Community Shield (1): 2006

    UEFA Super Cup (1): 2005

    Supercoppa Italia (1): 2010

    FIFA Club World Cup (1): 2010

    Individual awards:

    Don Balón Award (1): 2001-02

    UEFA Manager of the Year(2): 2003-04, 2004-05

    FA Premier League Manager of the Month (5)


  3. FC Barcelona One Touch Football


    March 30, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

    A jazzy compilation of Barcelona’s one touch pass by our friend Jos Witt. Splendid!

  4. The Rise of Borussia Mönchengladbach


    March 28, 2012 by Jai Prasanth

    Borussia Mönchengladbach – a club that was struggling at the bottom of the Bundesliga table not even a year ago –  is making waves this season. Yet this is nothing new for the club based in the city of Monchengladbach in the North-Rhine Westphalia. After the formation of the Bundesliga, Monchenglach had to struggle to enter the top tier of German football. However, once they were there, they did well and even challenged for titles with powerhouse Bayern. Impressively, they became the first Bundesliga club ever to successfully defend their title in 1971.

  5. The Odds Are Crazily Stacked Against Milan. They Just Have To Be Crazier.


    March 28, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor

    The scale of Milan’s task having to face Barcelona in the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League was evident from the day they were drawn together with arguably the strongest club side ever assembled in the history of football. Several weeks later, Milan now have to grapple with declining odds against a new and potentially deadlier opponent: the injury crisis that has struck Milanello, threatening to derail everything good they have achieved this season.

  6. Let’s all do the Poznan!


    March 27, 2012 by Nicholas Nehamas

    Soccer - FA Cup - Semi Final - Manchester City v Manchester United - Wembley

    If you’ve noticed something strange about Manchester City this season, you’re not alone. And no, it’s not the fact that they’re neck-and-neck with cross-town rivals United for first-place. It’s even odder: whenever City score a goal, their supporters inexplicably turn their backs to the pitch, join arms and jump up-and-down in near unison, turning the whole stand into a writhing mass of blue. They call it “the Poznan.” Here’s one of the first recorded instances of City supporters performing the bizarre celebration after Yaya Toure scored against West Ham in December of 2010:

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