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A sloppy and tragic summer, but Barca will be back
August 28, 2017 GOTP Editorial
Photo: John Seb Barber via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) SINCE the middle of last season, people have been writing-off Barcelona. It started with the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 against PSG and the whispers reached a crescendo with the departure of Neymar. This was the Neymar that helped...
GOTP featured again in The New European
August 28, 2017 GOTP Editorial
GOTP was featured in this week’s New European newspaper, an article about Dukla Prague. We’ve been lucky to have a number of features published in this specialist publication (five to date). As regular readers of GOTP will be aware, we’re big fans of central European football and this article follow...
GOTP Data: Real are champion club, but Bayern win more
August 28, 2017 GOTP Editorial
Photo: Themeplus CC BY-SA 2.0 WE MAY be in the middle of a period of Real Madrid dominance in the UEFA Champions League, but Bayern Munich have the best win rate in games among the continent’s elite clubs. Bayern have won 50% of their UEFA Champions League games – group and two-legged knockout games...
GOTP Notepad: United’s path to the last 16
August 25, 2017 GOTP Editorial
Photo: Guts Gaming (CC BY 2.0) MANCHESTER UNITED are arguably in the best place they’ve been since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. The instability that has characterised the club since his departure would appear to be over and in Jose Mourinho, they have the ideal “transactional” manager who mi...
The perils of being promoted
August 25, 2017 GOTP Editorial
SPAL enjoy the moment. Photo: PA HUDDERSFIELD TOWN have made a perfect start to the Premier League season, but as any cliché-spouting football manager will tell you, the competition is a marathon not a sprint. First-time success in the top flight in England – or any other major league – is hard to a...
How European football marginalised itself
August 24, 2017 GOTP Editorial
FC Porto GAME OF THE PEOPLE was featured in popular news website The London Economic this week in an article on the state of European football. The article, How European football marginalised itself, looks at how the development of the game and the arrival of mass media and the Champions League has ...
The weight of expectation on Huddersfield’s shoulders
August 07, 2017 GOTP Editorial
Going all Wagnerian – Huddersfield’s head coach Photo: PA IT IS remarkable that given the county’s considerable contribution to British sport, Huddersfield Town will be the only club from Yorkshire in the Premier League on 2017-18. The decline of the region’s football has been well documented, but c...
If you really want to set the cat among the pigeons…
August 03, 2017 GOTP Editorial
Photo: PA FORGET THE World Cup, throw the gauntlet down and create a World Cup for clubs. Not the half-baked FIFA Club World Cup, but by replacing national teams with clubs. The World Cup has become dull, devoid of real quality and an “event” rather than a showpiece for the world’s elite football ta...
Friendly Fire…or how to navigate through the pre-season dance
June 23, 2017 stuartnoel
No, no, no.  One after the other the emails from professional clubs arrive as responses to our requests for pre-season friendlies.  At least the clubs in question have had the decency to reply – 50% of the requests we send out go unanswered, consigned to the trash folders or passed around the clubs ...
Friendly Fire…or how to navigate through the pre-season dance
June 23, 2017 stuartnoel
No, no, no.  One after the other the emails from professional clubs arrive as responses to our requests for pre-season friendlies.  At least the clubs in question have had the decency to reply – 50% of the requests we send out go unanswered, consigned to the trash folders or passed around the clubs ...
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