Devang Desai

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Paris St Germain's Patore celebrates with team mates after scoring the third goal for the team during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Chelsea at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris

Devang Desai and Richard Whittall sit down to discuss the U.S – Mexico friendly, this week’s Champions League action and Jose Mourinho’s striker problem.

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Liverpool's Sturridge celebrates with teammates Gerrard and Henderson after scoring a goal during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Anfield in Liverpool

 

Devang Desai, Richard Whittall and James Bigg sit down to talk about another Manchester Derby dominated by City, the future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Bayern Munich’s latest triumph.

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Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring against St Etienne during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris

Devang Desai, Richard Whittall, James Bigg and Gianluca Nesci sit down to talk about the Champions League quarterfinal draw. Can Manchester United channel the magic of 1999, Borussia Dortmund look to do the impossible and who is the favorite to win it all — all this and more in the latest edition of the Counter Attack Podcast!

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Wigan Athletic's Perch celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Manchester City during their English FA Cup quarter final match in Manchester
Devang Desai and Richard Whittall sit down to discuss the Wigan’s repeat against Manchester City, Arsenal’s trophy chance and the knives coming out at Barcelona.

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Brazil's Neymar carries a young soccer fan at the end of their international friendly soccer match against South Africa at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium, also known as Soccer City

Devang Desai, James Bigg and pod newcomer Gianluca Nesci sit down to talk about Jack Wilshere’s injury, Brazil’s sterling performance and Mesut Ozil’s rough 2014.

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Barcelona's Carles Puyol celebrates a goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division soccer match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

“What’s your problem, can’t you afford the money for a haircut?”

Those were the first words uttered at 19-year-old Carles Puyol after his first training session with Barcelona’s senior team, and they came from legendary manager Louis van Gaal.

How’s that for a warm welcome?

Sixteen years later, Puyol will leave Barcelona as one of the most decorated players in club history. On Tuesday, the veteran defender announced he was leaving the club in the summer.

On-going fitness problems compounded by two knee operations in October conspired to remove the most important trait from Puyol’s game: confidence.

So where does he stand among the greats that have passed through the tunnels of Camp Nou? He’s up there. Read the rest of this entry »

Arsenal's Campbell reacts after Stoke City's Fuller scored his second goal during their FA Cup soccer match in Stoke-on-Trent

Your skin colour is not good.

The job you want is unattainable because your skin is the wrong colour. Your partner’s family despises you because of the way you look. Children are told to cross the road, less they come into contact with ‘you,’ someone who is considered abnormal.

I have some experience with the above and I can tell you it’s awful.

It feels awful when a slur is directed your way. Being called a ‘Paki’ when my family was actually from India hurt. Clarifying the difference felt even worse. Why am I justifying myself to a bigot?

That’s why I have time for Sol Campbell’s argument. In his autobiography, Campbell believes his race kept him from becoming England’s captain.

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