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Finally Official: Spalletti appointed Inter Head Coach

On Sunday afternoon we wrote an article about how Luciano Spalletti had agreed a deal to become Inter’s new Head Coach for the 2017-18 season, following a meeting he had attended in Firenze with Piero Ausilio and Giovanni Gardini. At the end of it I confidently stated that “Inter will officially announce Spalletti on Monday – or, at the latest, Tuesday”, which would have enabled the former AS Roma coach to be presented to the Italian media by the end of the week. In hindsight that was a wildly optimistic assertion; everything seems to be taking a lot more time than it should at Inter right now. But finally, finally, the news we’ve all known about for a week has become official…………….Read More

Real Madrid’s true golden age: Back in the day or present-day?

The stars, the trophies, the influence, the endeavor. You cannot write the history of soccer without Real Madrid. And you cannot write the history of Real Madrid without the current era.

In fact, you should probably start with the current era.

It almost rings of sacrilege to say, but neither the Spanish capital nor the world has seen a run of excellence such as this ongoing reign of club football supremacy. On the heels of the club’s third Champions League title in four years – achieved with a historic 4-1 victory in Saturday’s final over Juventus – and 12th overall, we are, quite simply, living in the golden age of Real Madrid………….Read More

Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as new coach

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived as Josep Maria Bartomeu has officially confirmed that Ernesto Valverde will replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona coach.

Speaking at a press conference this evening following a board meeting Bartomeu says Valverde is excited about taking over and will be introduced on Thursday………….Read More

Real Madrid wins first La Liga title in five years and Barcelona falls short on season’s final day

Real took an early lead and never relinquished it on its way to a 2-0 win, however, and Barca was almost upset by puny Eibar – which finished 10th in spite of its stature, and a stadium that seats just 7,000 – before pulling a 4-2 victory out of the fire. Not that it mattered, since Zinedine Zidane’s side did what it needed to do……..Read More