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On The Guardian Sports Network

We are part of The Guardian Sports Network, a selection of the best content from Guardian partners across the web. Below is a selection of our features that have been featured on The Guardian. 

 

The political message hidden on the goalposts at the 1978 World Cup

Have you ever wondered why there were black bands painted around the posts at the World Cup in Argentina? One man went to Buenos Aires to find out

By David Forrest for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network


What we see when we watch football: how replays and close-ups reflect society

The camera angles and photos used in football coverage – pictures that zoom in on individuals – mirror our view of the world

By Shirsho Dasgupta for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 

Cardiff Met: the student football team with sights set on the Europa League

The university team won promotion to the Welsh Premier League last May and their success this season means they are in the playoffs for a place in Europe

By Tom Coleman for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 

 
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La Liga's foreign players are easy targets until they master the Spanish language

Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and David Beckham have all been criticised for not being fluent in Spanish but, if they’re performing well, does it really matter?

By Craig Williams for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 
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Football in Hanoi, where Premier League clubs trump the Vietnamese champions

The Vietnamese league contains skilful players but it needs to clean up its reputation to win over a population who prefer watching English football on TV

By Thomas Barrett for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 
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The cultural resonance of Euro 96

The football was average, the attendances were unspectacular and the hosts went out in the semi-finals, but Euro 96 was about much more than football. It arrived at the peak of mid-1990s British optimism – and ended as that hope began to fade

By Michael Gibbons for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 
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From Manchester City to Oklahoma: how a rejected footballer kept the dream alive

Laurie Bell became one of the most expensive 12-year-olds in British football history when Manchester City signed him from Stockport County, but he had to wait a decade – and move 4,000 miles away – to make his professional debut

By Laurie Bell for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 
 

What was the difference between Jason Koumas and Steven Gerrard? Not talent

As Steven Gerrard said goodbye to Liverpool as a legend last year, Jason Koumas was being relegated to the fifth tier. The former team-mates were equally gifted but one won the Champions League and the other never played in a final. Why?

By Leon Barton for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 

Would cheaper tickets in the Premier League damage non-league clubs?

Paying £12 to watch Stalybridge Celtic play in the sixth tier might sound excessive but these clubs might cease to exist if prices were cut any lower

By Richard Greenwood for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

Aston Villa: the club that pedalled backwards and expected to stand still

Even when success is out of reach, the facade of its existence should give supporters something to cling to. Aston Villa fans have lost that hope this season

By Chris Nee for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 
 

Why are English footballers so reluctant to move to other European leagues?

The English footballers who move to the continent tend to be prima donnas and bad boys. Why don’t more players test themselves in mainland Europe?

By Eamonn Foster for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

How Alex Higgins rode the Hurricane to produce one of snooker's greatest breaks

Alex Higgins won the World Championship twice – a week-long final in 1972 and his victory over Ray Reardon in 1982 – but his greatest frame came against his friend, Jimmy White, when the Hurricane blew the Whirlwind away

By David Hartrick for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network

 

How Johan Cruyff nearly signed for Leicester City in 1981

Jock Wallace knew that an experienced player could save his young Leicester City side from the drop so spent a month negotiating a deal with Johan Cruyff. Unfortunately for Wallace, Cruyff signed for Levante and Leicester went down

By Jeff Livingstone for In Bed With Maradona, of the Guardian Sport Network