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“We have to learn how to play both with and without Messi,” says Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.
International football should be grateful that the first part of his phrase still applies. Lionel Messi, of course, announced his retirement from playing for Argentina after a penalty shoot out defeat to Chile in the final of the Copa Cent...
Australia's progress at club and national level could be compromised if a new trend in football's critique is allowed to gain momentum.
Follow @TheWorldGame There exists a perception among football's cognoscenti that those infidels who are unprepared to place the Australian game on a pedestal should be demonised and castigated for their lack of goodwill and patriotism. It ...
Manchester United take on Leicester City this Saturday at 9pm - LIVE, FREE and in HD on SBS - as Jose Mourinho faces the reality that nobody's invincible, no plan is foolproof and we all must meet our moment of truth.
"I am not like Mourinho, I don't have to win things to be sure of myself," Claudio Ranieri said in 2008. Mourinho agreed at the time.  "I guess he's right with what he said. I am very demanding of myself and I have to win to be sure of thi...
Will an Italian Serie A side be able to win the UEFA Champions League this decade? The last winner from Italy was Inter Milan in 2010 and besides Juventus in 2015 no other side has even looked like coming close.
If the Champions League seems elusive, then the second tier UEFA Europa League is not even on the radar.  The last Italian winners there were almost two decades ago in 1999 and it was won by a team that today are not even in Italy’s top ti...
Barring any late signings, for the second season in a row there will be just one Asian player in the A-League this season. One.
It’s a damning number for a country that likes to tell itself it is part of the ‘Asian Century’, with countless papers dedicated to exploring just what Australia can ‘get out of it’. And perhaps that is our issue; we view it through the pr...
The A-League is just two weeks away but the red hot topic amongst the fans is not the impact Paul Okon may have in Gosford or whether this Perth Glory squad is the strongest we’ve seen (just quietly I think it might be). No, the chatter has once...
Mike Cockerill editorialised on it for Fairfax, and social media is, as usual, tearing each other apart about it. Even A-League executives are speaking up in favour of the concept. And FIFA are in town - looking at this as part of an overa...
In his excellent biography of Pep Guardiola, Guillem Balagué devotes his first chapter to the reasons why Guardiola left Barcelona after winning 14 trophies in four season at the club.
Balagué writes: Pep Guardiola rang one of the world game’s leading managers [Sir Alex Ferguson] to ask him one question. If you get to a situation where the balance seems broken, what do you do? Do you go or do you change the players? He w...
Watching champions fall from grace is one of the worst things about football - watching them meander into mediocrity is a painful process and Wayne Rooney is the latest victim.
Rooney’s performance at Watford was, in all honesty, among the worst of his professional career.  Of course, all players have bad days, even champions like him. But that 90-minute display was a sign of a player who risks slipping into the ...
Real Madrid have emerged as the new "cardiac kids" of the European game after a series of exploits revived a forgotten side to the fabled Spanish club.
Follow @TheWorldGame The European champions have staged some dramatic comebacks that ripped the heart out of their opponents in the last three seasons. Just ask crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, Germany's Wolfsburg and Portugal's Sporting....
Andre Schubert is one of the very few coaches in world football who has a positive record against Pep Guardiola, winning one match and drawing the other. On Wednesday morning (AEST) they face each other in the UEFA Champions League so will history...
"We have to be able to learn from this game that we should never allow that to happen," Pep Guardiola said after Bayern Munich's shock 3-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in December 2015.  It was an upset masterminded by Andre Schubert w...