biography

The ballad of André Villas-Boas

Boy genius at 33. Washed up at 39. Will we ever know the real AVB? The first thing one notices about André Villas-Boas is his squatting posture. That is intentional. A man doesn’t adopt a posture with his quadriceps parallel to the ground in an attempt to avoid attention. Once one sees the routine, it cannot …

The quiet genius of Carlo Ancelotti

He wins without the dogma or mindgames of his peers Who are football’s current “super-managers”? You’d probably name Pep Guardiola, the visionary now redesigning Manchester City following wildly successful, football-transforming runs at Bayern Munich and Barcelona, or his great rival, José Mourinho, the dark master of mind games recently tasked with reenergizing Manchester United after cup-studded …