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Assessing another Pep Guardiola football masterclass.

By Marcus Louison

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Josep “Pep” Guardiola, chief orchestrator of many of modern football’s tours de force, steered his charges to yet another in Rome on Tuesday night, as FC Bayern Munich ran riot in the Italian Capital against Rudi Garcia’s AS Roma. The Giallorossi, motoring nicely in Serie A, as well as impressing at the Etihad on Matchday 2, were ruthlessly torn to shreds by a freshly-oiled Bavarian machine, in a performance sure to send shock waves right through Europe.

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Synopsis of the 2014 FIFA World Cup

By Marcus Louison

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There is nothing quite like a FIFA World Cup. The level of global illumination and captivation is understandably unrivaled by any event, sporting or other, due to its sheer enormity. The 2014 edition, held in Brazil for only the second time, bewitched onlookers the world over for the full duration of the competition, with enthrallment levels heightening by the day. The love affair began with Brazil’s boisterous rendition of the national anthem on the opening day, and didn’t end until a joyous Phillip Lahm held the treasured cup aloft at the Maracana on July 13th. The end of the tournament, predictably, has been met with disillusion in some quarters, and sorrowful withdrawal in others. The countdown to 2018 in Russia begins in earnest, but first, let’s take a look back at what was a deeply engrossing, at times pulse-pounding FIFA World Cup..  Continue reading

World Cup 2014 – Goalkeeping standards on par with a fabulous tournament overall.

By Marcus Louison

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We’re three weeks into the 2014 World Cup, and I’m yet to hear a negative word uttered about the tournament as a whole. The sheer beauty of the game has been represented in its purest form, and one can sift through a plethora of positive adjectives to describe the towering levels attained in every aspect on the football pitch. The magnificence on the field has led to inevitable hysteria in the stadia, all the way from Manaus to Porto Alegre. The lofty goal return, especially in the first round, may lead some to call next statement a paradox, and that’s fair. The goalkeeping in this tournament has been extraordinary!  Continue reading

World Cup 2014 – Best XI of the first round.

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By Marcus Louison

Two weeks. 48 matches. 136 goals. It’s almost impossible to find the adjectives to accurately describe a World Cup first round that led fans to levels of delirium, bordering on intoxication. The tone was set even before a ball was kicked in Sao Paulo, as the Brazilian national team’s rendition of their anthem, in alliance with the local support, was so vociferous and passionate, it made the spine tingle. Chilling! Onto the football then..  Continue reading

OUT of the World Cup after just 2 matches. What went wrong? What’s next for England?

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The England National team has landed safely back in London. The FA ponders an inquiry into the debacle of a campaign that ended just as quickly as it started, even though Manager Roy Hodgson was swiftly given the backing of FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, directly following the gut-wrenching loss to Uruguay. As the dust settles on yet another major tournament disappointment for the Three Lions, I’ll make my best attempt to explain my World Cup anguish, do a post-mortem, and look to the future.  Continue reading