BERLIN AND WAITING

Tourism is now big business in Berlin and politically, Germany is a major player on the global stage thanks to a progressive democracy and a strong economy. Despite this, the German capital falls way behind its European contemporaries when it comes to the country's number one sport: football.

BERLIN AND WAITING

A DARK NIGHT IN SWANSEA

Had the lights not gone down on Welsh hopes that night in Swansea, 35 years ago, then Wales, not Czechoslovakia, would have gone to the 1982 World Cup Finals.

A DARK NIGHT IN SWANSEA

A LIFE OF SURPRISES: JACK MANSELL AND GALATASARAY

It was late summer 2013 and we were in the sitting room of a well-ordered flat, tucked away in the quiet Sussex town of Seaford. Jack and Moira Mansell had been retired on the south coast for more than twenty years. 

A LIFE OF SURPRISES: JACK MANSELL AND GALATASARAY

PLAYOFFS AND PYRAMIDS: THE INTEGRITY OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL

‘Sporting Integrity’ is a term that has entered the parlance of Scottish football in the last five years. Since turmoil engulfed Rangers around 2012, fans, players and managers have called desperately for ‘sporting integrity’ to be upheld.

PLAYOFFS AND PYRAMIDS: THE INTEGRITY OF SCOTTISH FOOTBALL
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THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYMAKER

Something has happened in English football. It has not happened overnight - although the arrival of players with the artistry of Payet, Mahrez and Ozil has significantly helped the cause.

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THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYMAKER

A PUB TEAM WITH MONEY? ACHIEVING DREAMS WITH AFC FYLDE

“You’re just a pub team with money” sing an inebriated throng of Boston United supporters, as their opponents score yet another goal in a 5-2 demolition job. Though sung in jest, they’re not far from the truth. 

A PUB TEAM WITH MONEY? ACHIEVING DREAMS WITH AFC FYLDE
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A CASE FOR PRIVATISATION - THE REVIVAL OF FK CUKARICKI

The final whistle blew at the Karaburma Stadium, on 29th May 2011, bringing the season to a close for OFK Beograd and Čukarički. The game in itself lacked any real meaning for either side as OFK finished the season midtable and Čukarički had long known their fate, having been relegated long before the final round of fixtures. 

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A CASE FOR PRIVATISATION - THE REVIVAL OF FK CUKARICKI
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THE KINGDOM OF MARCEL BRANDS

PSV qualified to the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time since the 2006/07 season.

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THE KINGDOM OF MARCEL BRANDS
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INTER AND THE LEFT

Football's relationship with politics both on the left and right has been well documented. Those who wish to reinforce their ideology over those whom they rule or wish to, have never been short on using the sport for its propaganda purposes and Mexico's socialist Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) are no different.

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INTER AND THE LEFT
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THAT MANCHESTER UNITED NUMBER SEVEN THING

George Best played 470 games for Manchester United. Never did he have to carry the substitute’s number 12.

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THAT MANCHESTER UNITED NUMBER SEVEN THING
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THIS IS STEVENAGE

As you pull into the train station, heading north, you are greeted with the sight of what is officially, and generously, called “The Kings Park”. It's pan-flat, grey and crushingly boring; essentially a car park studded with identikit retail units.

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THIS IS STEVENAGE
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DOOMSDAY FOR THE DERELICT

As the wind whips along the eastern edge of Aston Park on a blustery Tuesday morning and whistles under the overhang of the Trinity Road Stand, it's easy to imagine Villa Park as an abandoned stadium. 

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DOOMSDAY FOR THE DERELICT
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SABA, TRACTOR AND THE FLEX OF THE MILITARY

Fate would dictate that Saba Qom and Tractor Sazi would meet in the Hafzi Cup last sixteen. The match would turn out to be ill-tempered and tempestuous - one which would see Tractor Sazi finish with nine men - but also one that would bring the two clubs’ mounting tensions to a head.

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SABA, TRACTOR AND THE FLEX OF THE MILITARY
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SCARED TO GET HAPPY: THE LACK OF ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS IN EUROPE

"“I asked a Spanish reporter if any big clubs in the Peninsula had eyes on British stars.”

“I don’t think so,” he said. “You have some grand craftsmen, but the Spanish prefer artistes, of which you have only a dozen or so. It’s also exceptional for British professionals to be happy abroad.”"

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SCARED TO GET HAPPY: THE LACK OF ENGLISH FOOTBALLERS IN EUROPE

COULD A BALKAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE EVER WORK?

“We cannot go back. We all have our countries and we all want to be winners and have our teams play in Europe,” says Davor Suker, head of the Croatian FA, when he was asked about the reformation of a united Balkan league encompassing all of the former Yugoslavian countries.

COULD A BALKAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE EVER WORK?

AS TRENCIN: THE FC PORTO OF CENTRAL EUROPE

When Tschen La Ling, the former Ajax and Netherlands winger, entered the structures took over as the new owner of AS Trenčín in 2007, he said that the club would dominate in Slovakian football and play regularly in the Champions League. 

AS TRENCIN: THE FC PORTO OF CENTRAL EUROPE