As Guus Hiddink draws closer to the end of his managerial career he must sacrifice the dream of a grand farewell for the greater good of Dutch football. There have been 2 great national football teams in the last 20 years or so – the French team of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry & Patrick Vieira and the Spanish team of Xavi, Andres Iniesta & Iker Casillas. These two teams were successful for a period of 5 years, give or take and in that period won everything there was to win as far as international honours were concerned. But both of these teams had very inglorious endings, something which their legendary players did not deserve to go through. While the French were dumped out of the 2002 World Cup the Spanish were undone in this summer’s showpiece. The reasons for this were twofold. Firstly, it is no big secret that the best sides have one thing in common – hunger & […]

Considering the wealth of Manchester City, you’d expect that with a new transfer window open, they would be extremely busy as usual. But not necessarily so. January transfer windows can be hard to judge, and hard to buy in – often purchases feel like panic buys or stop-gap measures. The last thing City need is the latter of those two, and more burden on the wage bill. But with the Toure brothers now away for up to eight weeks, Roberto Mancini may be keen to reinforce, and it’s an open secret that he would like at least a couple of more players. But with the financial fair play rules looming over the horizon, City’s board may not be quite as keen, and it seems Mancini has been told to sell before he buys. Possible Arrivals Daniele De Rossi Mancini has made no secret of his admiration for the Roma player. The question is, can he wrench him away from his […]