Europe

Pep Guardiola’s Search For The ‘New Pique’ Is His Biggest Gamble Yet

Pep Guardiola’s 2009 ‘revolution’ of Barcelona was not so much the invention of a new system, but rather the insistence on a playing style that’d been utilized by great European footballing sides since the mid-1900s. Key to his idea of attacking football was developing a Barcelona side that could attack from any position on the field — Sergio Busquets was promoted from the Barca B squad, Dani Alves was purchased from Sevilla for €29 million and, most importantly, Gerard Pique returned from Manchester United for the ridiculously low price of €5 million.

Arsene Wenger Has Got A Sword

When you play a friendly against a team with the word "Viking" in its name, it's only natural that they will give you a sword. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger found this out when the Gunners played Norwegian club Viking FK, and the Norwegians thoughtfully presented the Frenchman with a sword.

Zlatan Goal Wins The Community Shield For Manchester United

A six-word summary of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Manchester United career so far: one game, one goal, one trophy.

Before we talk about Zlatan, though, we have to talk about Jesse Lingard, because goodness, this goal.

Paul Pogba Reportedly Finalizes World-Record Transfer To Manchester United

It’s been the prolonged transfer saga of the summer, there's always got to be one, and it finally looks set to end this weekend: Paul Pogba is ready to undergo his medical at Manchester United and rejoin the club he left in 2012 according to

Liverpool Stomped Barcelona, 4-0. Let's Blow This Out Of Proportion

Most Liverpool fans were either bracing themselves or saying "whatever it's just a friendly" over and over when the Reds took on Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday. When the 90 minutes were up, though, fans were left with a 4-0 scoreline in favor of the scousers and the kind of performance that blows season expectations way out of proportion.

So let's do that.

We'll start with Sadio Mane, who for my money was the best player on a field that had Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on it. Mane scored Liverpool's first goal, in the 15th minute.

West Ham United Are A Force Following Their Olympic Stadium Move

The Boleyn Ground, the former home of West Ham United, was one of the greatest stadiums in all of English football. Located in raucous Upton Park, East London, the ground was a constant source of sound and fury for visiting opposition. This year, West Ham will move into the Olympic Stadium in nearby Stratford.

Having called the Boleyn home since 1904, many supporters were worried about the ramifications of moving to the larger, less-soulful Olympic Stadium.

Wayne Rooney's Testimonial Ended 0-0 Because Of Course It Did

Wayne Rooney's testimonial match was played Wednesday, and it was emotional for all involved. Everton, his first Premier League team, and Manchester United, likely his last, fought to a 0-0 draw that brought to mind Rooney's recent form. 

This was truly a game indicative of Rooney now who people think should maybe play in midfield or maybe stay in the dressing room and fold towels or something and not younger Rooney, who ran around on the field and did stuff. Here's a blow-by-blow account of the action. 

(falls asleep in front of the TV)

Cristiano Ronaldo Is A Major Doubt For Real Madrid’s Opening La Liga Fixtures

The injury that forced Cristiano Ronaldo to withdraw from the Euro 2016 final may cause him to miss Real Madrids opening La Liga match against Real Sociedad. With the game coming on the 21st of August, Ronaldo is a major doubt for Los Blancos.

Ronaldo has been given an extended break following his exertions in France, but the forward would’ve been unable to train with Real even if he’d wanted to. Ronaldo sprained his left knee in the final against France, and there’s no confirmed date for his return.

Chicharito Shows He’s About More Than Just Goals With A Fantastic Assist

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez provided a fantastic assist for Bayer Leverkusen’s opening goal in their 3-1 friendly victory over Italian club Fiorentina. Chicharito has been the subject of intense transfer speculation over the last week, the Mexican striker adding fuel to the flames by admitting that he could still move on from Leverkusen this transfer window.

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