Johan Cruyff and the Double Gemini Turn

Like most schoolboys, Capricorn Research resented exams. It seemed really unfair that they were scheduled just as the early summer weather was beckoning you outside. With the benefit of hindsight, I now realise that such an utterly pointless assimilation and regurgitation of information had to be performed while the Sun was in Gemini. The only […]

Raymond Domenech and the Wizard’s Hat

Francisco Olazar, Karel Petru, Alfred Schaffer, Flavio Costa, George Raynor, Rudolf Vytlačil, Ferruccio Valcareggi, Ernst Happel, Jupp Derwall, Bert van Marwijk and Alejandro Sabella. Heard of any of them ? Quite possibly not, but all these men reached their career peak when they took their national teams all the way to the World Cup Final. Even if you haven’t […]

Arsene Wenger and the Problem With Belief

” I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at […]

Can Anyone Stop MSN ?

Unlike the good old days when strikers came in the classic pair of big man, little man, every team now has to have a three pronged strike force. Whats more their initials have to fit with those of a multinational media conglomerate. Barcelona have Messi, Neymar and Suarez ( MSN ) and Real Madrid have Bale, […]