Colin McGowan - Soccer Analysis

Matches Worth Waiting Four Years For

by Colin McGowan

We've gotten nearly all the way through the group stage without many inert stinkers, and that's as it should be. Read more »
Spain Discombobulated On The Eve Of The World Cup

by Colin McGowan

Spain fired Julen Lopetegui and if the players pull this off, it will mean making it up as they go along, playing only for each other and furiously against the myopic suits who have put them in this predicament. Read more »
Cristiano Ronaldo's Ongoing Obsession With Résumé And Measurables

by Colin McGowan

Cristiano Ronaldo deserves everything he gets. Titles and criticism, glory and side-eye. Read more »
Real Madrid's Psychic Immensity

by Colin McGowan

Real Madrid blend together what's real and what's legend. Hell, they use it to their advantage. Read more »
Jose Mourinho's Critics Have A Point, Now More Than Ever

by Colin McGowan

It's an open question whether Jose Mourinho knows that he's blowing his Manchester United tenure or not. If beneath the princely hostility, he feels a sharp, shameful tingling, he wouldn't ever let us know. Read more »
The Surprising, Sudden Exit Of Yannick Carrasco From Atleti To China

by Colin McGowan

On why Atleti decided to sell Yannick Carrasco after the January transfer window and to a Chinese team with financial ties to the club. Read more »
La Liga's Saudi Arabia Scheme Echos Ongoing Issues

by Colin McGowan

La Liga suits are simply too lazy and unimaginative to effectively market and improve a league that's often fantastic to watch but frustrating to consume. Read more »
Pep Guardiola Always Has Talent, Always Has Ambition

by Colin McGowan

Pep Guardiola doesn't achieve what he achieves improbably. But perhaps nobody in the world dominates as inventively as he does. Read more »
Why Valencia's Success Is No Early Season Fluke

by Colin McGowan

Valencia attack directly now. They're defensively organized. The players work with and without the ball, or they don't play. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: AC Milan

by Colin McGowan

There was a time where if AC Milan was not the best club in the Europe, they were the most stylish princelings. After several down years, their primed for a reboot under new ownership. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Juventus

by Colin McGowan

For at least a few more seasons, Juventus is going to persist in this nigh untouchable stage of their history where they swallow opponents like a tranquilizing fog. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Borussia Dortmund

by Colin McGowan

Since staring down financial oblivion in the mid-2000s, Dortmund have committed themselves to sustainability, and that means trying to balance squad continuity with selling players at a profit. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Bayern Munich

by Colin McGowan

Soccer gives you more material than you can process and that becomes obvious when a club has been as dominant as Bayern has been over the past few seasons in the Bundesliga. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Real Madrid

by Colin McGowan

Real Madrid are indisputably great and that's the only argument they care about. Method and style and ethos are unimportant. Then you study their trophy case and consider that you might be in the wrong here. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Barcelona

by Colin McGowan

When your youth academy isn't producing world-class talent and you want to keep competing for domestic titles and Champions Leagues, you might start to look like the thing you define yourself in opposition to. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Atletico Madrid

by Colin McGowan

Atletico Madrid are entering what you might call their corporate era. It would be inaccurate to describe what came before it as pre-corporate, but it was rickety and volatile and strange. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Manchester United

by Colin McGowan

Even healthy relationships don't transcend two parties using each other, and that goes octuple for when millions of dollars are involved, but Mourinho and United's partnership reads as especially transactional. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Tottenham Hotspur

by Colin McGowan

Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham has lived in that blessed sliver of the sport's upper-middle class where they're just rich enough to compete with Chelsea and Manchesters (United and City) on the pitch without being able to touch them in the talent acquisition marketplace. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Manchester City

by Colin McGowan

Pep Guardiola's mythology is more specific and ordinary than what's commonly said about him. He's convinced he can think soccer into submission. Which is probably what many coaches think, but they're not as bright or committed or fortunate. Read more »
End-To-End Stuff: Chelsea

by Colin McGowan

We're coming up on 15 years since Roman Abramovich assumed control of Chelsea. Abramovich hasn't mellowed or grown less contemptible, but he has rivals in the oil baron/club owner sphere. He's been normalized. Read more »

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