May, 2012

  1. A Preview of Ukraine for The Euros

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    May 22, 2012 by drakesdrum

    The ghost of Lobanovskyi still looms large over the current Ukrainian team, managed by Oleh Blokhin. Having been a key player for Lobanovskyi, Blokhin is a true disciple of his former manager. His ceaseless restlessness, constantly seeking improvement, a keen eye for detail, huge emphasis on the team and system of the team and a disciplinarian approach in demanding the very best from his players. Blokhin will go into 2012 with realistic ambitions but there won’t be a more determined nation to do well, indeed many sections of the media and fans haven’t been shy in demanding a Euro 2012 win. 


  2. Picture of the Week: Chelsea Champions of Europe

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    May 21, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa

    Chelsea are champions of Europe


  3. The Ghost of Lobanovskyi

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    May 19, 2012 by drakesdrum

    “A path is a path at day and a path at night and we will follow this path”

    The monument of Valeryi Lobanovskyi sits proudly outside the Dynamo stadium in Kyiv, the same monument Andriy Shevchenko laid his medals on after he won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2003. Shevchenko once described Lobanovskyi as “the God and father of Ukrainian football” and indeed, Lobanovskyi’s mark on football in the Ukraine, and in former Soviet states in general, still plays a significant role. Talk to your average football fan outside of these states and ask them who the best managers in football history are, chances are Lobanovskyi’s name will be more hushed up than a KGB operation. With all European eyes on Ukraine as Euro 2012 looms large and with the ghost of Lobanovskyi never far from view, where does Ukraine stand going into the tournament?


  4. The New Nike Commercial: My Time Is Now

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    May 18, 2012 by Rami El Chamaa


  5. Napoli missed out on the Champions League final, but what does that matter?

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    May 18, 2012 by Jeremy Lim | Italian Football Editor

    No one really cares about where the Coppa Italia goes so long as the Scudetto is up for grabs. That has been the sad reality of recent edition as Italy’s domestic cup competition plays second-fiddle to its league counterpart, as is common place in so many other European football landscapes. Not this season, however. 

    Italy's Coppa Italia recently took on a whole new significance.


  6. Player Profile: Mario Götze

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    May 17, 2012 by Leon Guite

    Dortmund retained their status as Deutscher Meister after a 2-0 win over Gladbach. This is Dortmund’s second back-to-back Bundesliga title; the first time that happened was in the 1955-1966 and 1956-1957 seasons – they join only Hamburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich in achieving this feat.

    For the past two seasons, the man that has stood out as the knight in the shining armor for Jurgen Klopp’s victorious side is the 19 year old sensation Mario Götze, dubbed by many as “The German Messi”.


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