It was the 1998 World Cup, held at France when my fascination for the Spanish national team grew from admiration to unconditional support. Live coverage of European club football had started entering Indian homes and fascinated by Real Madrid and … Continue reading Pep Talk 21: My World Cup of Sorrow
Every picture has a story of its own! Credits: Guardian.com, Cnn.com, gettyimages.com, businessinsider.com, the national.ae Continue reading Football: Top 25 – Best Images from World Cup 2018
Courtesy a 14inch black & white Sonodyne television and live coverage from Mexico, three decades ago, I got attracted to football thanks to one Diego Armando Maradona and his Argentinian team. They won the World Cup that year, 1986, and … Continue reading Football: Insights from Jonathan Wilson’s book ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’ on Argentina Football
I cut off all my football channels once the domestic league season got over. I didn’t see any point waiting for two weeks to see the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final to be played out between the third placed team … Continue reading Pep Talk 20: Champions missing on Champions League decider night
Insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from the book ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga’ – El Clasico diaries by Sid Lowe. While the book covers the entire history of Barcelona vs Real Madrid rivalry, I have only chosen the post-2000s … Continue reading Pep Talk 19: Insights from Sid Lowe’s ‘Fear and Loathing in La Liga – El Clasico diaries
Over five years ago, in a pre-match press meet, the then Borrusia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp first time christened his brand of football. “I think he (Arsene Wenger) likes having the ball, playing good football. It is like an orchestra. … Continue reading Football: Jurgen Klopp’s ‘Heavy Metal’ football drowning out ‘tactical orchestras’!
Manchester City have achieved their first ever utterly convincing and dominating Premier League season, under Pep Guardiola. They have won the joint fastest EPL title – record set by Manchester United in 2000-2001 – and this time it didn’t involve … Continue reading Pep Talk 18: Five EPL Records Guardiola’s ManCity must chase for making it ‘Untouchables’ Season 2017-18
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will finish season 2017-18 with a resounding domestic league title win, the Carabao Cup and eliminations at quarterfinal of Champions League and pre-quarters of FA cup. At the start of the season had this been offered … Continue reading Pep Talk 17: How long will referees be deciding Manchester City’s season?
Final part of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague and also a few additional notes. * After beating Paris Saint-Germain at Rotterdam, Barcelona lifted the Cup Winners Cup trophy … Continue reading Pep Talk 16: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning’ – Final Part
Part three of insights, highlights and little-known nuggets from Pep Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning‘ – by Guillem Balague. In this blog, I focus on the working relationships that Pep made at Barcelona – The good, bad and the … Continue reading Pep Talk 15: Insights from Guardiola’s Biography ‘Another way of winning – Part 3′