Category Archives: Managers

La Racha Improbable de Leicester City

El verano pasado, Leicester City había ninguna garantía de permanecer en la Premier League. El presidente le dijo al gerente Claudio Ranieri, “Claudio, this is a very important year for the club. It is very important for us to stay in the Premier League. We have to stay safe.” Leicester City necesitaba 40 puntos para sobrevivir,… Read More »

What is the Klopp Effect?

This past October, Liverpool Football Club fired manager Brendan Rodgers after a roller coaster 4+ years in charge of the club, which saw the club come as close to winning a Premier League title as Liverpool has ever been in 2014, only to crash out of the Champions League in the group stage and endure… Read More »

Coach K, Jay Heaps and an Improbable Relationship

He paces along the sidelines, arms crossed. Sometimes, he sits, hand on chin. Nevertheless, his expression remains stern, almost intimidating to the participants and referees alike. He closely observes the contest in its entirety, never once shifting his attention away from the action before his eyes. Such mannerisms may be aptly ascribed to Mike Krzyzewski,… Read More »

Will the U.S. Ever Truly Master the ‘Art’ of Soccer?

In Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano proclaims the United States to be “the home of baseball” and sarcastically describes efforts by the American media to herald soccer as “the sport of the future” during the 1994 World Cup. Americans, however, do not necessarily appreciate soccer to a lesser extent than others. As of… Read More »

Broken Managers – The Process and Consequence of Losing the Dressing Room

It’s not uncommon for a bloke in England watching a football news program to hear the phrase “manager lose the dressing room”. An idiom referring to a situation in which the players cease to respect and follow their manager’s instructions, this phrase is such a popular term to use in speculating any disputes within a… Read More »