From Crisis to Calamity: Why Dunga Cannot Rebuild the Brazilian Empire

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. And, with a crash reverberating across the footballing hemisphere, the final remnants of Brazil’s all-conquering empire crumbled into dust. Forget their history-laden eminence, the five World Cups, the countless superstars; annual humiliation is rapidly becoming modern-day Brazil’s biennial ritual. After all, the 44th Copa America offered an opportunity to clear the slate, rebuild the dynasty from the ashes of failure. Last year’s Mineirão massacre, a slaughter so brutal it silenced the perennial party-nation, lingers ominously, a recurring…

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Premier League 2014-15 Season Review: Chelsea

What a season. Chelsea got ahead early on in their Premier League campaign and no one could catch them, winning the title with four games to spare. Playing some of the best football in the league up until Christmas, Chelsea reverted to their “park the bus” style after their New Year’s Day embarrassment by rivals Tottenham, and they walked home the title with just one loss after the Tottenham game in their match against West Brom once they’d already secured the trophy. Other fans dubbed the way they ground…

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Premier League 2014-15 Season Review: Manchester City

In a difficult season for the blue side of Manchester, Manchester City once again failed in their attempt to retain the Premier League trophy. Their problem seemed to have fallen in the summer transfer window again, as they failed to strengthen the squad significantly and ended up falling to a very strong Chelsea side. However, this shows the strength of Chelsea more than the failures of Manchester City as we entered 2015. After the New Year’s Day games, City and Chelsea were tied at the top of…

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Premier League 2014-15 Season Review: Arsenal

Was it a good season for Arsenal? Yes and no. Yes there are some signs of progression by retaining the FA Cup and finishing third, but is it enough to warrant a good season? Probably not. Finishing 12 points behind Chelsea in the league shows that there is still a lot of work for Arsenal to do if they’re going to challenge for the title, but getting Sanchez and Özil flourishing in the same team could be the start of better things to come for…

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Premier League 2014-15 Season Review: Manchester United

Where do you start with Manchester United? Like a few teams I’ve already mentioned, it was always going to be a difficult season for United. Coming off the back of the Moyes tenure, the United board turned to veteran Louis Van Gaal to steady the ship. Their aim following all of this was to get back into the top four, so on that front, it was a successful league finish, coming in 4th place just behind Arsenal. Despite this achievement, I think Manchester United should’ve…

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