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An American in Vicarage Road – BFTGT Post

From where I was sitting, I could experience all my favourite parts of the match. When the whistle blew, the chanting started. And continued. And continued. At an American soccer match, the home team supporters’ section cheers for most of the game. I’m a member of the DC United Screaming Eagles but this experience –… Continue reading An American in Vicarage Road – BFTGT Post

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Angst Over the Bundesliga Title Race – Article for @ByFarBlog

One of the greatest aspects of sports is the underdog taking on the favoured team. There’s no greater thrill than watching a smaller club take down a favourite. If you are rooting for the favourite, there is a special thrill in rooting for the favourite club, as you have a large community to draw energy… Continue reading Angst Over the Bundesliga Title Race – Article for @ByFarBlog

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How PSG Overran Barcelona – Latest From the Touchline Column on @ByFarBlog

Emery’s line-up was a bit of a gamble in a few senses. Marco Verratti was just coming back from a calf injury, but he held up long enough to be a vital distributor for the goal scorers. His tandem partner Adrien Rabiot was the man-of-the-match, playing a stifling defense to protect a good but shuffled… Continue reading How PSG Overran Barcelona – Latest From the Touchline Column on @ByFarBlog

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Newest From the Touchline on Newcastle’s Win Over Wolves

Managers tend to think in “group think.” Substitutions must be made at the optimal times – 60th minute, 70/75 minutes, and depending on the situation in the 80th or later. Rarely does a manager make a first half substitution except for injury, even if a player is rubbish. In this case Mitrovic was rubbish and… Continue reading Newest From the Touchline on Newcastle’s Win Over Wolves

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Can Juventus’ Allegri Replace Arsenal’s Wenger? – Arsenal Insider

This is the problem, however. If Arsenal hired Allegri, they’d replace a manager known for his intellect and player-friendly style with a similar style of manager. The biggest difference is Allegri can adjust his tactics and style to react to situations but this would not be the drastically different style that Arsenal need. The players… Continue reading Can Juventus’ Allegri Replace Arsenal’s Wenger? – Arsenal Insider

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From the Touchline Article on Inter’s Gameplan Against Juventus

Stefan Pioli had a good problem on his hands. His Inter club was in form. The doldrums of earlier in the season were gone and the Nerazzurri had climbed to within points of a Champions League place. Standing in their way to reclaiming their usual spot as a scudetto contender was their nemesis Juventus. This… Continue reading From the Touchline Article on Inter’s Gameplan Against Juventus