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Athletic Bilbao

Bilbao wasn't built in a day: Part Three

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Spanish football blogger Chalkontheboots continues his analysis of the current structure of Athletic Bilbao by examining Marcelo Bielsa's struggle between pragmatism and idealism, as he searches for the perfect tactical approach for the situation. You can read part two of this piece here.

The tactical trends of Marcelo Bielsa

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Barcelona's system and style is being emulated all over the world by teams at all levels. As accomplished as Barcelona's fluidity and control on both sides of the ball can be, it also appears that they have copied a page out of Marcelo Bielsa's playbook in regards to his high pressing and back 3.

English Premier League

Italy v England Preview

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Italy and England meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Sunday and to help me preview the game I have brought in two experts, Earl Reed and David Schiavone

Earl writes for EPL Talk, the number one Premier League blog with daily news and analysis of the world's most popular sports league.

England v Italy Preview

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England and Italy meet in the Euro quarter-finals on Sunday and to help me preview the game I have brought in two experts, Earl Reed and David Schiavone

Earl writes for EPL Talk, the number one Premier League blog with daily news and analysis of the world's most popular sports league.

Clock ticks for André Villas-Boas as Guus Hiddink waits in the shadows | Richard Williams

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Clock ticks for André Villas-Boas as Guus Hiddink waits in the shadows | Richard Williams

Roman Abramovich may be compelled to act sooner rather than later if it appears Chelsea are heading for the Europa League The old immutable law of the ex ensured that Glen Johnson would be the man to pop up with the late winner that helped his current club beat his old employers on Sunday.

It’s Time To Close This Window Sooner

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There was one name missing from the team-sheets for last night's match between Manchester United and Spurs, and it was a name that says a great deal about the state of the transfer market in modern football. In the clearest sign yet that he will be leaving White Hart Lane for Stamford Bridge, Luka Modric was a glaring admission from the Spurs team-sheet.

Stoke and the Future

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Can we try to forget Real Madrid and the Bernabéu yet? It's a little like knowing how long is an acceptable time before you forward that joke text you received when a famous person died. Of course there's still the second leg to be played but even the most optimistic person has got to realise that games just about pride rather than success and I for one would accept defeat if it meant winning our next three league games, all at home, and proceeding a massive game at Stamford Bridge.

El Hadji Diouf and Football's Bad Boys

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Craig Burley reacts to Rangers' signing of El Hadji Diouf with a reasoned treatise on the power of forgiveness and moving soliloquy about avoiding the temptation to pre-judge people based on their past mistakes.

Well, no. He doesn't.

Rather Craig gets out his crampons and heads straight for the highest peak on the moral high ground.

Group H: Laboured Arsenal must wait after Braga loss

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BRAGA, Portugal — Arsene Wenger opted for pragmatism rather than panache on Tuesday and paid the price as his Arsenal side lost 2-0 in Braga to leave in doubt a berth in the last 16 of the Champions League. Arsenal are hoping to reach the knockout phase for the 11th consecutive season, but they did [.

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The Arsenal Way v A Billionaire.

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Having been brought up steeped in the Arsenal tradition and having a knee-jerk reaction of antipathy towards the call for a "sugar daddy," I am forced to ask myself "why am I so against them?"

Are Man City a worse club just because they have "bought" the league? Are they any different to Man United who have a €35m player sitting next to a number of €15m players on the bench?

The Arsenal Way v A Billionaire.

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Having been brought up steeped in the Arsenal tradition and having a knee-jerk reaction of antipathy towards the call for a "sugar daddy," I am forced to ask myself "why am I so against them?"

Are Man City a worse club just because they have "bought" the league? Are they any different to Man United who have a €35m player sitting next to a number of €15m players on the bench?

Guardiola leads Barcelona to gold standard of football

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Pep Guardiola led not only a dominant era of football for Barcelona, but also a revolution of the 'total football' that was preached by his mentor, Johan Cruyff.

As he steps away from his post at Barcelona at the ripe age of 41, Rob Hughes of the New York Times writes of how Guardiola had transformed Barca into the gold standard in world football.

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Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson’s England choices pay off for the group stages

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson's England choices pay off for the group stages" was written by Dominic Fifield, for The Observer on Saturday 16th June 2012 17.54 UTC

HE'S SOLVED THESE PROBLEMS ...

1. Created team spirit

The potential was there for England to appear divided in Poland, a legacy of the furore over Rio Ferdinand's non-selection, or even feel undercooked given Hodgson's belated appointment and, since then, the lack of time for him to make a real mark.

Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions: Sweden 2-3 England

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1. Down with ambition. Boring pragmatism is much less stressful. 2. Andy Carroll defeated Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the battle of the ponytailed strikers. The Liverpool man justified his selection with a great goal. 3. Theo Walcott taking an England game by the scruff of its neck: who'd have thought it? The pacy winger was direct, [.

Opinion

Innocent bystanders

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In my last contribution to LTLF, a call for a bit of pragmatism from the fans in the face of difficult circumstances, I made the bold statement, ‘I don't think Southampton will find us an easy game on Saturday.' And what goes and happens? A pathetic 3-0 defeat at home, as easy as they come for the Saints.

The BIG Question: Is Gary Cahill The Man To Plug Chelsea’s Defence?

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By Chris Wright

As I understand it, the salient bullet points are as follows: Chelsea want to buy Gary Cahill for £7 million; Bolton want to sell Gary Cahill for £7 million, Gary Cahill wants to join Chelsea; Gary Cahill's agent asked for £120,000-a-week wages (presumably on the basis he scores more often than Fernando Torres); Chelsea aren't stupid.

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Pragmatic United defend stoutly but look far from perfect

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Musa Okwonga, author of A Cultured Left Foot, noted that games between Manchester United and Liverpool are "to be endured, not enjoyed" and he could hardly have been more right; for this unsightly affair was not so much in preserving the image of the beautiful game, rather dig deep, fight hard and play if necessary for three points.

Pragmatic United defend stoutly but look far from perfect

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Musa Okwonga, author of A Cultured Left Foot, noted that games between Manchester United and Liverpool are "to be endured, not enjoyed" and he could hardly have been more right; for this unsightly affair was not so much in preserving the image of the beautiful game, rather dig deep, fight hard and play if necessary for three points.

Barcelona victims of format not Catenacio, or Catenacio in Catalonia and how i learned to love it!

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Pragmatism:advocating behaviour that is dictated more by practical consequences than by theory or dogma.The pursuit of practicality over aesthetic qualities; a concentration on facts rather than emotions or ideals.

Yesterday while watching Inter play Barcelona, so steadfast in its determination not to attack, not to even dare to attack, not to even premise the idea that a notion to attack and play could ever be entertained, i sat enthralled.

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Video: Michael Bradley behind the scenes at Aston Villa

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I know I'm in danger of turning this into the Michael Bradley blog, but US Soccer are doing a great job of putting out videos like this with their national team players. In this one, which is far more in-depth than the last one, Bradley reflects on life in England and the key differences to playing in Germany.

Video: Michael Bradley behind the scenes at Aston Villa

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I know I'm in danger of turning this into the Michael Bradley blog, but US Soccer are doing a great job of putting out videos like this with their national team players. In this one, which is far more in-depth than the last one, Bradley reflects on life in England and the key differences to playing in Germany.

The Rest

Pragmatism Or Luck In USMNT’s 0-0 Draw With Mexico?

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We've seen this script many times so far in the United States Mens National Team's attempts to get results on foreign soil in 2014 World Cup Qualifying. -US plays football for a decent portion of the first half, -US holds ... Continue reading → Pragmatism Or Luck In USMNT's 0-0 Draw With Mexico? is a post from MLS News from Major League Soccer Talk.

Pragmatism Is Boring - Sounders, Do Something Special

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As we reflect on another end to a Sounder's MLS season, I have found myself pretty caught up on the fact that this offseason might be significantly pivotal. This belief stems from the fact that from where I sit this will be winter break in which Things Must Change.

The conventional wisdom indicates that it is far better to make a change a year too early rather than a year too late (for a prime local sports example refer to the departure of Matt Hasselbeck from the Seattle Seahawks).

Is a Sense of Pragmatism Creeping in at Cheltenham?

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[I] fell a little for Cheltenham last season. Whether it was their spunky burgundy kit; the thought that I'd personally discovered their terrific central midfielder Marlon Pack; the wonderful Kemble Brewery Inn around the corner from Whaddon Road; or the impression that manager Mark Yates had transformed the Robins into a side punching well above their weight, I'm not sure.

Agent denies Benitez approach

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The agent of Rafael Benitez has denied reports that Chelsea have approached the former Liverpool manager about the manager's position.
Current Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is under severe pressure after a run of just two wins in 10 Premier League games, a home draw with Birmingham in the FA Cup and a 3-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League.

Why Frank Lampard Hinders Both Andre Villas-Boas and Juan Mata

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If we know anything about Andre Villas-Boas, it's this: He wants Chelsea to play at a quick pace. It's the reason he was tabbed by Roman Abramovich to lead Chelsea's transformation away from the pragmatism of Jose Mourinho, whose impact ...

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