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World Cup preview – Group G

Six down, two to go. In our penultimate preview, we turn our attention to a tricky-looking Group G. A former legend of one nation coaching the team of another, the surprise package four years ago, and one team that nearly suffered a shock exit in qualifying. Germany This has been an unusual build-up to the […]

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Why American football will never be more popular than ‘soccer’

I watched last night’s Superbowl between San Francisco 49’ers and Baltimore Ravens with the same curiosity British suburbanites growing up in the 70’s would have had for spaghetti, i.e. a supposedly exotic alternative to the prosaic diet of pie and mash that is association football. Despite my best efforts I gave up and went to […]

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At her Majesty’s pleasure: Footballers in prison; Thomas, Storey, Higuita & Moreno

In a week which has seen ex-Manchester United footballer Ronnie Wallwork jailed for selling stolen car parts and former Premiership player and jailbird Lee Hughes arrested, we thought it’d be a good time to have a look half a dozen who’ve all been detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. Frank McAvennie The former West Ham and […]

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No relegation from the Premier League? On one condition…

So the end to relegation from the Premiership is back on the agenda again. According to the head of the League Managers Association the idea has sprung from the owners of foreign owned clubs. They don’t want to see their investment threatened by the small matter of actually having to win football games.  As the […]

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