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  • Louis van Gaal must overcome Manchester United’s Chinese Curse

    Louis van Gaal must overcome Manchester United’s Chinese Curse

  • Does Chelsea's summer spending pile pressure on Jose Mourinho?

    Does Chelsea's summer spending pile pressure on Jose Mourinho?

  • James Rodriguez, Marco Reus and Chelsea FC:  Football Power 101

    James Rodriguez, Marco Reus and Chelsea FC: Football Power 101

Watch out, City. Take heed, Liverpool. Don’t get too excited just yet, Arsenal and United. Having splashed out almost £80m on Fàbregas, Costa and Filipe Luis this summer, plus having secured the future services of Croatian teenager Mario Paŝalić for an undisclosed amount, it seems like the "little horses" of last season are ready to gallop. After all the bizarre mind-games and disappointing inconsistency of last term, there is reason for Chelsea fans to be excited again.

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 At times last season, it felt as though the infamous Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" was written for Manchester United. Ironic it would be, as United ever increasingly look to convince China that Manchester United is made for them. Anyhow, when David Moyes took over as Manchester United manager last summer, I remember thinking that whatever happens, at least it will be interesting. And it was. United's summers are always crazed as they hop around the world, whore themselves out to sponsors and cameras, and absorb themselves in at least one transfer saga.

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Welcome to class. Please take your seats. Today’s lesson will look the notion of footballing power. What is footballing power? What grants a football club true power, and how can powerful clubs wield it?

We live in an age where any club can legitimately force their way to the top of the table provided that the right conditions are met; Manchester City have gone from ‘typical City’ and playing Darius Vassell to two-time Premier League champions, while Paris Saint-Germain went from mid-table mediocrity (in Ligue 1, not forgetting) to seemingly permanent Champions League fixtures. It’s a sign of the modern day that a super-rich business person can pick a club - any club - and turn them into a global powerhouse through finances and will alone. Does money, and even more significantly, success, equal power, though? Let’s discuss.

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