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Julian Nagelsmann’s attitude towards management is remarkably simple: “30 per cent of coaching is tactics, 70 per cent is social competence.”
If you haven’t heard the name yet, you soon will. Maybe you’ve even heard that statement previously. It’s already Nagelsmann’s trademark saying. And if he keeps up his current progress, the 29-year old – you read right – might just be the ...
With Chinese-based Paulinho and Renato Augusto garnering regular selection for Brazil, a move to the Far East no longer signifies the end of a star player's international career - but how long can the drain to China last?
When Brazil lined up against Argentina in a World Cup qualifier towards the end of last year, teenage forward Gabriel Jesus was the only home based player in the side, and he was on his way to Manchester City. The rest of the line-up was d...
Football's away-goals rule has served its purpose very well but it is time for the question to be asked if the game really needs it any more.
The ruling was introduced by European governing body UEFA half a century ago and was trialled in the 1965-1966 Cup Winners' Cup. It was devised as a means of encouraging teams not to play defensively in away games. It worked a treat as the...
Ponder this - could Romelu Lukaku become the first player to generate a transfer fee that breaks the mythical £100 million ($161 million) barrier?
It’s not as crazy as it sounds. And even if he doesn’t sell for that amount, there’s every chance he could go for more than Paul Pogba’s world-record fee this European summer.  For a player touted to be worth £65 million ($105 million) at ...
China’s massive investment in football presents a golden opportunity for Australia to competitively collaborate with a nation that is determined to be a global leader, according to renowned football marketing expert Simon Chadwick.
Last week the Chinese Super League kicked off with another influx of highly-paid stars who stole the headlines in pre-season. This massive investment in the competition forms part of China’s pursuit of becoming the biggest sporting economy...
For one day every year we celebrate women.
Well, many of us actually celebrate it more often that that, but there is one day a year where literally everyone puts out something declaring: "We support women". So many clubs, companies and people decide that on this day, International ...
Barcelona's stirring UEFA Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain that captivated the whole football world should not disguise the fact that the Spanish team is in decline.
This might seem an odd thing to say after the Blaugrana staged a comeback for the ages to turn a 4-0 deficit into a 6-1 rout. It was the most extraordinary game I've ever had the privilege of watching and there can be no doubt that Barcelo...
The A-League's popular finals are the icing on the cake for Australian club football but they certainly are not everyone's cup of tea.
There are many who would love to see the series get a red card and never to be seen again. This is not another 'for or against' instalment of the most unproductive argument in Australian football. But we, nonetheless, should all say 'thank...
The tug-of-war between Manchester United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a new contract is an ugly footnote to what has been one of the great debut seasons in the history of the Premier League.
As we edge toward the expiry of his current deal, it’s more than a footnote: it’s threatening to become the main story. The more it drags on, the more realistic it becomes that he could leave, as speculated this week by his agent, Mino Ra...
The miserable attendance for the top-of-the-table A-League contest between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory illustrated once again that the majority of the Sky Blues' followers are just fair-weather spectators not loyal supporters.
Real supporters are those who 'support' their clubs through thick and thin and sadly Sydney have too few of such fans and too many of those who will think of any excuse not to go to the football. The (surprising) crowd figure that was anno...