Manolo Obaya

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Lies, damned lies and football statistics...

There are we know – whether told by Disraeli or Mark Twain – three kinds of lie: lies, damned lies and statistics.<p>And in football now, especially with the Premiership we are inundated by an avalanche of statistics. How much possession a team or a player enjoyed, how many attempts on goal, how far a …

Jose Mourinho: The Not So Special One?

Louis Van Gaal called him ‘the best in the business’ and he calls himself ‘The Special One’, but in 22 years of Champions League football Jose Mourinho is only the eighth most successful manager – just two places ahead of Rafa Benitez – according to a statistical study from bookmakers bwin.<p>Based on …

From Brazil to Russia: A preview of what's to come in 2018

Brazil just barely managed to get everything ready in time for the World Cup. Russia insists it won't have any such problems in 2018, although the country faces other issues ahead of football's next showcase tournament — including the threat of racism and violence.<p>Just like in Brazil, the sheer …

5 Key Areas Where PES 2015 Really Shines

We've put the next-gen version of Pro Evolution Soccer through its paces, and it's really good.<p>Pro Evolution Soccer didn’t make it to PS4 and Xbox …

After years of stagnation Italian football is finally fighting back

Once upon a time English clubs envied the Italian model of renting municipal stadia and thus avoiding the financial weight of owning and running their own home.<p>The giants of Serie A were thus ‘free’, from the 1950s to the 1970s, to pay the highest transfer fees and most lucrative wages.<p>Then came …