Jose Mourinho: skating on thin ice?

December 24, 2012 in La Liga

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On the face of it, a management career total of 40 defeats spread over 400 games in senior competition isn’t that bad a record - the envy of many even. The problem comes when your name is Jose Mourinho and you are the self-anointed ‘Special One’ sitting in the Real Madrid hot seat and charged with trying to stop that runaway Catalan juggernaut. In fairness to the Portuguese, he hasn’t done a bad job, securing the 2011/12 Primera División title, Madrid’s 32nd, to maintain an impressive record of winning a championship in each of the countries in which he has coached. That was then, though, and this is now.

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Ballsy Banter Roll Of Honour 2012: One To Watch in 2013

December 19, 2012 in Awards

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Day three of Ballsy Banter’s Roll Of Honour sees our panel look to the future and discuss the stars of tomorrow. Who has shown sparks of genius that could turn into blazes of genius in the following year? The Ballsy Banter team looks at our latest category - The ‘One to Watch’ in 2013.

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Strike 2 for Mancini

November 22, 2012 in Europe

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The anger will be more subdued amongst City fans. There was no defeat to Madrid tonight, no embarrassing scoreline. Hell, even City’s woefully misleading 19 home game unbeaten run in Europe remains intact for another year. Many City fans may even have enjoyed the nights out in Spain, Germany and Holland, and will go home with a smile on their face, thinking “maybe next year”. The more level-headed ones will ask themselves why, in 11 games of Champions League football, City have yet to put in anything above a functional performance, but have managed many poor performances, and even a couple of woeful ones. They’ll ask why the champions of England sit bottom of their (admittedly difficult) group with three points, eliminated with a game to spare, and with but a slim hope of even making the Europa League.

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Best GIFs of the Season (So Far)

November 14, 2012 in Features

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Here at Ballsy Banter, we are all united by the love of certain things: football (OBVIOUSLY), ridiculousness and, to a much lesser extent, the GIF.

And with the season pretty much a third of the way through, and because I am always right*, I present to you the top GIFs that this wonderful season has gifted us with so far.

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Luka Modric: Made in Zagreb, Made for Madrid?

July 18, 2012 in Europe, Features, Transfers

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Finally, two years after the transfer speculation started in earnest, Croatian midfielder Luka Modric looks to be heading out through the White Hart Lane exit door. Last summer, a deal appeared imminent with both Chelsea and Manchester United leading the pack chasing the Tottenham star, who publicly expressed his desire for a move across London. Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, though, had other ideas, and to the player’s obvious disgust, firmly rejected 22 million pounds of Roman Abramovich’s money, insisting his key man was going nowhere. Fast forward then to 2012, and with echoes of Cesc Fabregas’ long, drawn-out move to Barcelona, Modric seems likely to be the second north London star heading to a Spanish giant.

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