Perhaps, the ‘success’ of a football manger at a club could be determined by the  the level of media speculation that tips his departure, once his team hit a rough patch or are on an extended run of uninspiring performances! Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City, and Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool stand as an example to this rule, Jürgen Klopp at Dortmund, however, stands out as an exception. Klopp is a manager who has symbolized Borussia Dortmund as much as the club symbolized him. While creating a version of playing football – high on tempo and technique – rarely seen before, he has elevated himself to a cult status enjoyed by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. The fairy tale which started back in 2008 could have had different cast if the men in-charge of Hamburg SV had not dismissed the then manager of Mainz on the basis of his scruffy appearance in a critical dossier. A few months later Dortmund approached Klopp […]

The world over if someone were asked to name the ten greatest players to have ever played a beautiful game, the names would be Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo (Brazilian), Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio, Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Michel Platini. These are the players who excelled at their trade and reached levels never seen or imagined before. But if you were to ask a Brazilian who is the greatest Brazilian player of all time don’t be surprised to hear the name Garrincha, a player who may not have been as technically gifted as Pele or Ronaldo but he had the gift of inventiveness, explosive pace, dribbling skills beyond anyone’s ability and a keen eye for goal. Sadly outside Brazil and academic discussions, Garrincha is mostly forgotten despite being a double FIFA World Cup Winner. Like many Brazilian footballers, Garrincha was born in poverty in Pau Grande in the city of Magé; southeast of Brazil and in the […]

Manchester United ended the 1998-99 season reaching heights no English club had ever or since scaled by winning the “Treble”. However 1999-00 season began with an essential part missing from this all winning team. The Great Dane, Peter Schmeichel left the club to join Sporting CP in Portugal at the end of the 1998-99 season causing a huge dent in the hopes of retaining the title. The reserve goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was made the new number 1 but the then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson felt it was necessary to take a plunge in the transfer market to look for another keeper to increase competition between Mark Bosnich and the reserve keeper Raimond Van Der Gouw. Massimo Taibi was relatively unheard of at international level but was slowly building his reputation in domestic league which attracted attention of the biggest clubs on the planet. Prior to joining Manchester United he appeared for a host of clubs in Italy, most […]

The “King of Stamford Bridge” as Peter Osgood is known could have signed for either Reading or Arsenal. Instead, it was Chelsea who replied after Peter’s uncle Bob wrote to them about the potential of his nephew and this set in motion the wheels of history for the club and Peter himself. Born on 20th February, 1947 in Windsor, Osgood played school football with Clewer Green Primary School and later with Dedworth Secondary Modern in his hometown. Progressing through the school teams he was selected for Slough and District team before joining the Spital Youth Club side. Soon he applied and went for a trail with Reading but they never came back with their answer. Arsenal was also interested in him and offered a trial but he rejected them. Arsenal’s loss was soon to prove Chelsea’s gain. Gauging his young nephew need for guidance, his uncle Bob wrote to Chelsea about Peter’s ability and they duly signed him up. He […]

 Manchester United  vs. Hull City Old Trafford, Manchester Saturday, 29th November 2014, KO 15:00 GMT Round 13 of the English Premier League sees Champions League aspirants Manchester United clashing with relegation battling Hull City.  Louis van Gaal’s team has finally started to pick up pace but the title of English Champions is already out of reach and a Champions League qualification seems a realistic target. Hull on their part have been struggling to gain traction this season, losing against newly promoted teams like Burnley. Team News Manchester United Injury to Luke Shaw during the Arsenal match is likely to keep him out for another three weeks. The recent injury brings the injuries suffered total to an unbelievable 40, meaning a player has suffered injury almost every three days since van Gaal took over. This presents a different kind of selection headache for the manager who will have to field another make shift defense for this match. Luke Shaw and Jones […]