Episode: One World Sports: Brilliant Barcelona, Sacchi Defined, Summer Speculation


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One World Sports: Brilliant Barcelona, Sacchi Defined, Summer Speculation
After an important midweek juncture as the last eight European sides begin their assault on the final prize, a rampant Barcelona took down Pep Guardiola at the Camp Nou in emphatic fashion as questions continue to circulate around Jose Mourinho and respect and Newcastle are facing a real prospect of relegation desperation sets in. Up first to discuss these topics is Oliver Kay of the Times direct from Barcelona in the aftermath of the semi-final first leg where we discuss the fallout and early impressions and then take on the matter of what appears to be a free fall for the Magpies as well as whether other managers are finally responding to Mourinho after years of disrespect or is it something more. In part two, Steve Amoia joins the show to discuss the new book, Total Calcio, on the life and times of AC Milan and Italian national team manager Arrigo Sacchi as the 25th anniversary of his greatest feat is under threat from one of his former players in Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. We discuss his complex and surprising past, the miraculous ascent to the top of world football and how he will be viewed in the future in terms of his legacy. The details are deep, the tales and quotes are intricate and his capacity to become obsessive and compulsive with every confrontation or challenge is examined and often challenged. Then in the last segment Football Collective contributors Lyndon Lloyd and Stefan Buczko give us the view of two important football clubs in Everton and Borussia Dortmund each with huge questions this off-season as player transfers and a big coaching change in Jurgen Klopp looks to shape the summer period of speculation and renewal.

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