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La Liga

When the era of the Galacticos begun - La Liga in 2000/01

Luis Figo's record arrival was the catalyst for Los Blancos to clinch the title

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Premier League

When Man Utd blew Arsenal away to win three in a row - the Premier League in 2000/01

United hammered their nearest rivals 6-1 during a season where everyone else trailed in their wake

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Serie A

When Lazio had Veron, Nedved, Boksic, Nesta, Simeone, Salas and Mancini and finally won - Serie A in 1999/00

The expensively-assembled team of superstars got it done, pipping Juventus to the crown

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Bundesliga

When Leverkusen blew it on the final day to let Bayern win again - Bundesliga in 1999/00

The talented side including Michael Ballack fell at the final hurdle with the title within their grasp

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La Liga

When Deportivo thrilled Spain to take the title - La Liga in 1999/00

'Superdepor' claimed the crown ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona

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Premier League

When Man Utd were too good for English football - the 1999/00 Premier League

Sir Alex Ferguson's side proved infinitely superior to their rivals as they reclaimed their title

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Messi v Maradona

Lionel Messi v Diego Maradona: Comparing two greats on and off the pitch

FC casts an analytical eye on the broadness of the impact of two of the best players ever to play the game

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Barcelona

Understanding Guardiola's Barcelona: The 2011 demolition of Man United

Analyst Lee Scott does a deep dive into one of the most comprehensive final victories of recent times

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Bundesliga

Bayern win domestically after European heartache - the 1998/99 Bundesliga

The Bavarians had to make do with a domestic triumph after losing the Champions League in horrific fashion

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Lionel Messi

Messi, now more than ever, needs help at Barcelona

The Argentine hasn't scored in a Clasico fixture since Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid - a telling stat

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Serie A

When AC Milan regained their Italian superiority as Lazio falter - Serie A in 1998/99

The big spending Rome side were usurped by a young Alberto Zaccheroni and a dynamic Oliver Bierhoff

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La Liga

When Van Gaal's Barcelona became a Dutch destroyer - La Liga in 1998/99

The seminal coach secured a second title in a row with a team based around the Oranje national side

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Premier League

When United became immortal treble winners - the 1998/99 Premier League

In a truly tense campaign the Red Devils saw off Arsenal on a gripping final day to take their title back - one of three that year

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Lionel Messi

How Lionel Messi has perfected every skill - plus ones he invented

Have you seen all the special moves? Yeah, Messi's done them. And better than anyone, too

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Lionel Messi

Six things Lionel Messi does better than any other player

Forget goals and assists - these basic tasks have been elevated by the Argentine's incredible proficiency at them

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Premier League

When Wenger 'came from Japan' and ended Man Utd's dominance - the 1997/98 Premier League season

The Frenchman revolutionised the English game and in doing so stopped United winning five titles in six

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Expected Goals

Why using Expected Goals kills the concept of a 'clinical' striker

If the likes of Ronaldo can't overperform xG, it proves it works as a key player metric

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Bundesliga

Bundesliga giants establish £22m coronavirus fund to help cash-strapped clubs

Bayern, Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Leverkusen have put up the money to assist other sides in difficult period

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Scouting

'We want someone who looks over their shoulder 100 times a game' - football scouting beyond the statistics

The numbers can only tell so much, as Nige Tassell finds out in his new book

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Pep Guardiola

How do modern teams dominate possession?

It's all very well getting the ball, but how do the best teams retain it, and make it work for them?

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Scouting

What happens when The Next Big Thing doesn't work out?

In his book, Ryan Baldi investigates the reasons why players tipped for the top don't fulfil their potential

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Premier League

When are we getting a collective Premier League response to the coronavirus crisis?

If the players are given a financial solution that they can get behind, everyone will emerge with a positive outcome

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Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa: Mastering pressing, and playing against the press

In the second extract from Radoslaw Bella's book on the iconic coach, we look at dealing with teams who push high

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Kevin De Bruyne

Five ways Kevin De Bruyne beats you

In an extract from Lee Scott's book on Pep Guardiola, we look at how his Belgian playmaker is able to defeat teams in a number of ways.

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