The season that started it all: FC Barcelona 2003-04 – Part III: The Season

The Beginning Barcelona began the “Laporta Era” at one of the toughest venues in Spain: San Mames, Bilbao. An 11th minute strike from utility man Phillip Cocu meant Rijkaard began with all 3 points. Their next opponents at home were Sevilla. The Andalusians took the lead with a penalty from Reyes after just 8 minutes. […]

Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan: Revolutionary or Overrated? Part II: Results

There is no doubt that Sacchi’s Milan were glorious to watch. Their peak was probably the 5-0 evisceration of a powerful Real Madrid famously led by Emilio “the Vulture” Butragueño. That squad of Madrid was better known as La Quinta Del Buitre. They were made up of 5 Real Madrid youth team members who would […]

Alex Ferguson in Europe

I tweeted this a few days back: Alex Ferguson became manager of Manchester United on 6th November 1986. He was already a very successful manager with Aberdeen. Fergie’s Aberdeen broke the hegemony of the Old Firm in Scotland. For the uninformed, the Rangers-Celtics stranglehold in Scotland isn’t too dissimilar to the Madrid-Barça hegemony in […]