Joey Barton Quotes

Joey Barton – Quotations

Joey Barton. Thug. Criminal. Prisoner. Rebel. Yes. All of that. But for a man perceived by many as one of football’s least classy men, his words reveal a level of introspection that’s extremely rare for a professional footballer. Enjoy.         His background     1) I came from a very violent ­background. Where I grew up, fathers would have bets on whose kids were the toughest and we were put together in the garden – almost like illegal boxing fights.    …

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Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal

How a jacuzzi-bound Van Persie was changed forever by watching Bergkamp

When Robin van Persie moved to Arsenal in 2004, he was immediately viewed as the natural heir to the great – but aging – Dennis Bergkamp. Both were Dutch, both played as number 10, and both had an excellent technique as well as an eye for the goal. But there was a striking difference between the two, as Van Persie himself realized on a rainy tuesday afternoon in the first season they spent together on Highbury. Robin had just finished his own train sessions, and was resting in a jacuzzi, which, through…

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Andres Escobar own goal Colombia World Cup 1994 USA

Documentary: The Two Escobars

The story of Colombian football can’t be seen isolated from Colombian society. Both its successes – which can be traced back to financial injections by drug lords such as Pablo Escobar – and its tragedies, such as when international Andres Escobar was shot dead – reveal the problems inherent to life in Colombia. For a better understanding, watch this excellent 105 minute documentary on The Two Escobars.

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Lampard and Terry in Chelsea All-Time XI

Chelsea All-Stars

As of 2014, Chelsea have a better team than ever before. If the Blues keep dominating the Premier League the way they’re doing right now, it’s likely that some of Chelsea’s current players will one day end up in a Chelsea all-time XI. Hazard perhaps. Or Fabregas, or Diego Costa, or maybe Matic. Check this website in 2020 and you’ll know the answer. But that’s future speculation. For this Chelsea all-time team, we’ll dive into the past. A past with only a few genuine highlights.…

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Marcelo Bielsa

El Loco Marcelo Bielsa: 16 Quotes

Maradona’s mediocre right foot serves as a permanent reminder that the perfect player does not exist. The same is true for the perfect coach. He would simultaneously have to be an effective teacher, an inspiring speaker, a father-figure, a former world class footballer, a tactical visionary, an expert on psychology and physiology, a multi-lingual communicator, a man capable of both flexibility and steadfastness; kindness and sternness; patience and impatience; honesty and sweet talk, a man who both imposes collective discipline ánd lets individual creativity flourish freely;…

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Roy Keane vs Patrick Vieira

(Documentary) Roy Keane vs Patrick Vieira: Best of Enemies

He wasn’t the star of his team. Nor the gifted playmaker. Nor the classy goalgetter. Nor the idol of young boys – or girls. He wasn’t Beckham or Ronaldo or Bergkamp or Henry. But he was the undisputed leader of his team, the man everyone else looked up to in times of trouble, with respect and admiration – and a bit of fear too. He was Roy Keane. And he was Patrick Vieira. Around the turn of the century, the rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United was at its height. And at…

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Juventus All Star Team

Juventus All-Stars

Let’s start with a bang. Here are a few great names that won’t even make the reserve team of Juventus All-Star XI: Michael Laudrup. Filippo Inzaghi. Fabrizio Ravenelli. Paulo Rossi. David Trezeguet. Raimundo Orsi. Gianluca Vialli. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Throughout history, so many generations of all-conquering teams have worn the Juve-kit, that any Juventus All-Star XI is bound to result in some high-profile casualties. Just take a look at the Ballon d’Or podium spots achieved by Juventus players: 1959 – John Charles 1961 – Omar Sivori 1973 –…

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