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Van Gaal’s Manchester United Revolution Picking Up Pace

Sean O’Neill discusses how Louis van Gaal may just prove his credentials as a successful manager once again in England after turning things around at Old Trafford. Upon taking his first ever managerial role at Ajax in 1991, Louis Van Gaal shook the hand of the Dutch club’s director and told him, “Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world.” …

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Five Footballing Enemies Of Louis van Gaal

A tactical mastermind or an egotistical, abrasive character; you decide what sort of manager Louis van Gaal is. However, here we provide evidence that he has built up quite a number of enemies and denouncers down through the years. 5. Johan Cruyff One of Europe’s most renowned players and managers, Cruyff is the first in our list of players and/or managers who have …

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The January Transfer Window’s Hidden Gems

As the January transfer window draws to a close with some of the usual big names being thrown around, Eoin Lyons discusses some of the young, hidden gems that the big clubs may have regrettably overlooked this January. Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Although the 22-year-old French attacking midfielder has had a tough start to 2015, with many possibly recognising the name for …

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The Holy Grail That Was The European Cup: Pt. 1 – 1955 – ’74

Eoin O’Neill takes us back to the very beginnings of the European Cup and some of the most successful sides in the first 19 years of the tournament.  Wolverhampton and the Black Country wouldn’t immediately strike you as the forerunner for a tournament we now know as The Champions League. On a cold December night in 1954, 55,000 supporters crammed into Molineux, to see …

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Thursday’s Top 10: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Goals

In the first of our weekly ‘Thursday’s Top 10’ feature we look back at some of the best goals ever scored by the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic.  10. Ajax vs NAC Breda We begin with this brilliant piece of trickery when Zlatan was at Ajax. _____ 9. PSG vs Anderlecht This absolute thunderbolt is worthy of making it into our …

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PL Heroes: Manchester United Legend Edwin Van Der Sar

This week’s Premier League hero is Fulham and Manchester United legend Edwin Van der Sar.  Van der Sar was one of the most consistent and talented goalkeepers ever seen in the Premier League. The Dutch keeper has a fantastic record of 134 clean sheets in 313 Premier League appearances. The 6ft 5 inch ‘keeper is the most capped player for …

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Odegaard – Norwegian Wonderkid: Europe’s Next Superstar?

Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard has been the focus point in Norwegian football in 2014 and big European clubs are currently sniffing around the player as he has been labelled the next big thing in the world of football. The 15-year-old Norwegian wonderkid is currently signed to Norwegian side Stromsgodset and his young age hasn’t stopped him from becoming the star of the …

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How Ajax Created Lionel Messi

Tonight’s Champions League match between Barcelona and Ajax is as much about success on the field as it is about success in the academies. Both teams are celebrated for their renowned youth academies, and combined they have produced many of the world’s greatest players but it is Barcelona who can lay claim to having produced the greatest footballer ever in …

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The Strange Story of Harvey Esajas

Harvey Esajas is a name not many of us know, but he has a story that needs to be told, writes Conor Heffernan. Born in Amsterdam in 1973, Esajas’ footballing career began at an early age when he was snapped up by the famed Ajax youth academy. There the promising defender rubbed shoulders with some of Ajax’s greatest ever players, …

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Manchester United Will Use Daley Blind In Midfield Role

Manchester United completed the signing of the versatile Dutch international Daley Blind on Monday for £14m and Van Gaal is set to use former Ajax man in a  midfield role according to the 24-year-old’s agent, Rob Jansen. Blind’s agent has hinted that Van Gaal has told the 24-year-old that he will  play in a midfield role with speaking about his …

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Daley Blind – Manchester United’s Best Signing?

The signing of Radamel Falcao clearly dominated the Manchester United headlines on Deadline Day, but could the acquisition of Daley Blind prove to be the greatest move of all? “I have been at Ajax since I was seven years old and I will always have very fond memories of the club and of my time there. Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, …

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Manchester United Target Admits Move Would Be Hard To Turn Down

Ajax defender Daley Blind has admitted that a move to Manchester United would be very difficult to turn down, while also admitting that a move to Barcelona would also appeal to the Dutch international. Louis Van Gaal had believed to have wanted new Barcelona signing Thomas Vermaelen to play as a left sided centre back in a back three, but with that …

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Top Five Obscure European Cup Medalists

The most illustrious club competition in football grips the footballing public year after year. One would think that only great players could be good enough to win such a tournament; think again. Here are some of the most obscure players to win the European Cup/Champions League. 1. Djimi Traoare – Liverpool When the question is asked; who is the worst player …

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Top Five Greatest European Cup Winning Teams

After getting a severe fright by their neighbours, Real Madrid went on to finally claim their elusive 10th European Cup. One has to feel sorry for Atleti as they were desperately close to their greatest moment, but it has been a great season for the club and winning the La Liga title is a good consolation prize.Real Madrid have been the best …

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