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Tikka Mezzala

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    Just like Tikka Masala (allegedly), I, too, am a Glasgow invention.


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    Football Manager. That's about it. Oh...football too. But more Football Manager.

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  1. This is so true. It's possible to have a really good career without a medal haul to back it up. Bielsa hasn't won much silverware considering how long he has been in the game. But has there ever been a coach with such a successful following? Good result in Edinburgh. The tight pitch and physicality of Hearts can make it tough.
  2. A nice trip to Edinburgh to look forward to. I'm from Glasgow, so not too far away. I might sit in the away end at Tynecastle Stadium
  3. Part 4: Anti-Futbol 1 At a racetrack on the edges of Buenos Aires, a well-dressed man leans on a white metal railing with a betting slip clenched between his thumb and forefinger. His eyes are fixed on the starting gates where the 3pm derby will soon explode into life. There is a chilling wind in the atmosphere, and so the man unfolds the collar on his coat to protect the back of his neck from the cold breath of winter. In the quiet of his mind, he watches alternative futures unfold, considering all the possibilities in minute detail. The weight of the jockey, the feel of the terrain
  4. 5 In a cigar-smoke filled room on the second floor of the Estadio Centenario, the preseason board meeting at Club Atletico Penarol got underway. There were discussions about the team's performance in the previous season, the changes to the upcoming Copa Libertadores, the World Cup that was due to be played in England later in the year, and the contract situation of several players, including Aureliano. Roque Maspoli was present in the room to offer insights from dressing room level. The vibe was largely positive, despite the loss to Independiente in the Libertadores final, and most of the
  5. 4 Before a ball was kicked in the 1965 season, there was the small matter of Aureliano's contract situation to resolve. The midfielder was free to speak with other teams, and there were certainly a lot of phone calls made to his representative in Bogota. Father Lynch had several players on his books by this stage, all of whom had come from the provinces to Millionarios, but none of them commanded as much interest as Aureliano. At 28, Aureliano understood that there may only be a couple of good contracts left in his playing career, and so he was keen to secure the best possible terms
  6. Thanks, mate. I'm enjoying writing about it. It's cool to be able to have people like Pele, Di Stefano, Bela Guttmann, and Alberto Spencer play cameo roles in the story. It really gives it a richer history.
  7. 3 It was around this time, between the 1963 and 1964 seasons, that Aureliano became particularly fascinated by the ideological disputes taking place in Argentina. Uruguay's rioplatense neighbour was much larger in size and population, and yet it had not yet achieved the same sort of international success that Uruguay had enjoyed, not to mention Brazil. While it was largely British immigrants that pioneered the sport in Argentina, a distinct rioplatense style had emerged in contrast to British pragmatism. Depending on one's own ideological colourings, there were positive and negative aspec
  8. 2 The 60's were in full swing in the city of Montevideo. The latest fashions from California and New York had entered the cultural realm through lifestyle magazines and the beatniks were still holding on to the books of tortured poetry that gave expression to their disgust at the conformity of previous decades. Skirts were getting shorter, hair was growing longer, and the world seemed to be on the verge of liberation and total annihilation all at once. Aureliano and Fermina enjoyed taking long walks along the promenade with Arcadio. In those moments, their differences of opinion ove
  9. Eagerly waiting to hear the Brondby result. A European run would do wonders for the CV.
  10. Part 3: To the Rio Platense, You Belong 1 Aureliano had been living in Uruguay for three years. His son, Arcadio, was born in Montevideo. In one of Uruguay's greatest ever teams, he was a central figure. So when he received a call from Uruguay manager, Juan Carlos Corazzo, on the eve of the World Cup squad selection, he took the offer very seriously. Corazzo had been made aware of Aureliano's situation with the Colombian national team. Whilst Adolfo Pedernera was still at the helm of the Cafeteros, Aureliano would be frozen out of the setup. FIFA had recently decreed that once a play
  11. 6 In the early nights of fatherhood, Aureliano would sit in the small hours of the morning, holding Arcadio in his arms, looking out over Montevideo. The child cried and cried through the night, keeping the young parents from the happy solitude of sleep. "He must be a liberal" Aureliano would say, as he shushed Arcadio. Sleep deprivation was the usual price of becoming a parent, but the extra waking hours gave Aureliano time to take stock of everything he had so far accomplished. Just a few years ago he was cast out of Millionarios for upsetting the squad leaders; now he was a champion of
  12. 5 Aureliano and Fermina Daza were on holiday in Buenos Aires when the latter decided to break the news: "I'm pregnant, Aureliano." Fermina had been worrying about telling him, but to her surprise he handled the news with a degree of joy. "We shall get married at once." Aureliano had not been anticipating the pregnancy, but he was in a good place mentally and financially. They may only have been 23 years old, but they could easily provide for another mouth at the table. The knot was tied a week later in a cathedral near Penarol's stadium. The whole team turned out for the occasion an
  13. 4 "I have had two decades of wandering in the wilderness of South American football, from La Plata in Argentina, to Lima in Peru, and now I am home with all the wisdom gained from the adventure of a lifetime." This was how Roberto Scarone introduced himself to the Montevideo press as he faced them for the first time as Penarol manager. The former right-back had started his career with Penarol as an apprentice, but never made a single appearance in Uruguayan football. His playing career was split between Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, where he represented Gimnasia La Plata, America d
  14. 3 Centro Iqueno's surprise victory in the 1957 Peruvian Primera Division was not without consequences. Shortly after the championship concluded, head coach Roberto Scarone announced that he would be joining Alianza Lima. El Bocon reported the story on the morning the players were due to go on holiday: "Roberto Scarone, the toast of Iqueno, will take leave of his duties with the championship winning side, and take up residency at Alianza Lima. The Uruguayan coach thanked his employers for helping the team achieve the league title, but insisted that his ambition in coming to Peru was a
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