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Out on the street its every man/woman for themselves. On the asphalt there is no room for two, only one can exist. Inside the colosseum-like cage it is demanded that you attack your opponent ruthlessly. Inside; Should you become a victim, the thumbs will turn down and it is off with your head. There is no weight class, no medics, no second leg for your reputation. The atmosphere is more brutal than some of the most imposing stadiums around the world, and yet everyone who is a part of this important film smiles when they speak about Ballon sur Bitume.

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“A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire”. That is, “To win without risk is a triumph without glory”. How does this relate to football in this instance? Shrugs it doesn’t, but I will try my best to link the two. As football attracts a more global audience and various consumer spending, we see it attracting more investment. Today a team can ill afford to have a run 5 defeats, 10 and the coach’s head is in the guillotine. Winning has always been the name of the game but now there near zero patience. For some teams there is the…

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At the time of writing this, I am in-between waiting for Lionel Messi to score a couple of ‘worldies’ past Hugo Lloris at Wembley, and shaking in anticipation of a goal fest between Liverpool and Man City. Will Pep Guardiola give in to his occasional overthinking and self-doubt leading to self-destruction? Will he choose a tactic that is destined to fail (we know he has done this at least 3 times vs Real Madrid, vs Barcelona 1st leg, vs Liverpool all in the Champions League). What looms after these exciting footballing events haunts every football fan. It fills you with…

Not quite Jose’s world but we are living in it (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

“He was not the vice-captain, so now we do not have a vice captain”. Firm words from a man who has spent most of his career attempting to control the narrative — on the pitch and off it, and certainly in the galaxy of sports media. Ever since he proclaimed he was the ‘special one’, any situation that involves Jose Mourinho usually orbits around him and not the other way around.

At the end of the Louis Van Gaal reign the media, the neutrals, the board and most importantly the fans were bored, exasperated even with the ponderous possession-based football…


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