Managers

Francesco Guidolin Once Pointed A Gun At His Players As Part Of A Team Talk

We here at The18 have never really given much thought to Francesco Guidolin. The former Swansea City, Monaco and Palermo manager just never crossed our minds in a way that was interesting. Until now. It has been reported that in 2006, when Guidolin was managing at Palermo, he used a very, um, explosive prop in a team talk.

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Cesc Fabregas Finally Admits To Once Throwing Pizza At Sir Alex Ferguson

Close your eyes for a minute and picture legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson being hit in the face by a pizza. Keep picturing this until you start giggling uncontrollably, then open your eyes, and rejoice, because this is a thing that actually happened.

Who, you might ask, had the gall, the temerity, the AUDACITY to throw a pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson and HIT HIM IN THE FACE WITH IT?

Cesc Fabregas, then with Arsenal and now with our complete admiration and respect.

Surprise! Hatem Ben Arfa’s PSG Exit Is Becoming An Unmitigated Disaster

How much of Hatem Ben Arfa’s enfant terrible reputation is deserved? It’s impossible to say, because we don’t know the man. However, with only one-year remaining on his Paris Saint-Germain contract, it’s become clear that Ben Arfa’s exit from the French capital is going to look a lot like his exits from Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle United and Hull City. 

An Illegal 84th-Minute Substitution Could Keep FC Dallas Out Of The Playoffs

FC Dallas has been in a free fall in recent months. The club has won just once since a 2-1 win over Montreal on July 22 saw FC Dallas briefly move to the top of the Western Conference, a span of 12 matches that included more than bad losses. It could get even worse after an apparent illegal substitution late in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Orlando City.

Wenger Watch: Who Are You And What Have Your Done With Arsenal?

After a scrappy, convincing win over Brighton & Hove Albion Sunday, we've been forced to confront a troubling idea. Arsenal have been acting awfully strange lately, grinding out wins against lesser teams instead of comically imploding. This is not what we signed up for.

We signed up for an Arsenal that's liable to do anything at any time for any reason, or no reason. And for the first few weeks of the season, that's what we got. Since the first international break, though, Arsenal have been acting sort of normal. 

Bruce Arena Names 26-Man Squad Charged With Saving Our Summer

October 6 and 10 could very well define our 2018 without having even celebrated the turning of the new year. Matches against Panama in Orlando and Trinidad & Tobago in Couva will decide the USMNT’s fate with regards to the world’s biggest sporting event. For those that like to measure the time between their birth and death with the probabilities of how many more World Cups they’ll be able to enjoy, failure to take anything less than four points could prove catastrophic.

Wenger Watch European Special: Theo Walcott Everybody!

The Wenger Watch is delighting in Theo Walcott's promising campaign to become the best Europa League player of all time. Theo got himself a first-half brace, followed by goals by Olivier Giroud (his 100th for Arsenal) and Rob Holding to hold off BATE Borisov, 4-2.

So, the Wenger-O-Meter continues its inexorable march toward Wenger "IN". We're getting close!

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Controversial Goal Spells Defeat For America, Driving Miguel Herrera Insane

With Liga MX resuming play following the devastating Central Mexico earthquake, Club America visited Leon on Wednesday looking to gather the three points that would help solidify their place near the top of the table. 

Things were looking up for Las Aguilas as they took the lead in the 53rd minute with a header from Pablo Aguilar.

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