Pep Guardiola was hired as the trainer of Bayern Munich last summer to fulfill one single purpose – to make the German giants the team to beat both domestically & in Europe. While the former is being achieved there is a long way to go if the latter target is to be made a reality. For most managers winning the domestic double in their first season at a club would amount to unqualified success. Add to that a couple of other trophies and the manager would be hailed as a miracle worker & would be talked about as a legend of the club. Pep Guardiola though is not your average run of the mill manager and Bayern Munich FC is not a normal club. The former Barcelona legend was hired by Bayern after the most successful season in their history when former trainer Jupp Heynckes led the club to an unprecedented treble. The expectation for Guardiola was therefore to not […]

It is hard not to feel a little sympathy for David Moyes whose managerial career has come to a grinding halt following his sacking as Manchester United manager at the end of last season. David Moyes is not big enough for Manchester United. At best he is a manager who can manage a mid table club and once in a while help them punch above their weight. Also, he does not have the personality to manage a dressing room full of over inflated egos and multi million dollar contract holders. These are some of the comments which were very common when discussing the Scot & Manchester United last season. It is no secret that Moyes failed miserably as Manchester United boss last season. He had taken a club which won the Premier League in 2012-13 by a mile to a level where a come from behind victory over Olympiakos was celebrated as if the Real Madrid of Di Stefano, Puskas, […]

With a change in system at Manchester United under new manager Louis Van Gaal a lot of players will feel this is the time to make their mark, none more so than 20 year old Tyler Blackett. Whenever there is a new man at the helm, in any walk of life, in any profession, those under him generally feel that they have to start again, to prove to their boss that they deserve to be in his plans and can be counted upon at all times. This period can be quite unsettling for some of the old timers who could think that there is nothing for them to prove, but in the back of their minds they slowly realize that to make the cut they must deliver. But this kind of a change also offers an opportunity to two other groups. The first group is made up of the youngsters & the newcomers who finally have a chance to showcase […]

The Premier League kicked off this weekend and while there were not a lot of goals there was plenty of late drama. Yes, the World Cup was great with a lot of goals and the emergence of new superstars but nothing compares to watching the Premier League. And after 3 months one finally got to see some fast paced and end to end football. Manchester City, Arsenal & Chelsea – 3 teams who along with Chelsea are looking to win the league this season got off to winning starts where as the reign of Louis Van Gaal got off to a nightmare start as Manchester United lost out to Swansea at Old Trafford. Louis Van Gaal faces a huge challenge After winning all 6 of their pre-season games Manchester United and new manager Louis Van Gaal must have been confident about getting a positive result at home against Swansea. In reality though, the situation turned out to be quite different, […]

When Ecuador face Switzerland on the 15th of June at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha for their World Cup opener, the fans of this equatorial South American country will be hoping that Luis Antonio Valencia comes to the fore much like Garrincha did in the 1962 World Cup. In 1962 Pele entered the World Cup with Brazil, seemingly poised to win the championship on his own, but fate had other plans for this former Santos star. After a stellar opening game versus Mexico where he created one and scored the other, he injured his thigh in the second game and was ruled out of the tournament. In his absence Brazil turned to another one of their stars – Garrincha. And Mane, as he was known by friends, made the World Cup his own and inspired the Selecao to glory. While some would call it blasphemous to compare Valencia to Garrincha and an average Ecuador side to a brilliant Brazilian team, […]