THE ROOTS OF TONY PULIS

Depending upon your shirt colours, he’s either a cult hero or the cap-wearing Anti-Christ of association football.

THE ROOTS OF TONY PULIS

INTER CDF: FREEDOM AND INCLUSIVITY FOR THE POWERLESS

“We want to become a world class club with fans and followers from all over the globe and beyond, even from space and the Heavens,”

INTER CDF: FREEDOM AND INCLUSIVITY FOR THE POWERLESS

IRELAND’S OVERLOOKED GOLDEN GENERATION

The struggles of the Irish national team have made fans yearn for the halcyon days of Big Jack Charlton. But was his truly the Golden Generation of Irish football?

IRELAND’S OVERLOOKED GOLDEN GENERATION

RICK WAKEMAN: THE HERO OF MEXICO 86

Enter Diego. There must have been huge pressure on Wakeman to come up with original music befitting of the player that arguably defined a tournament more than anyone else in history.

RICK WAKEMAN: THE HERO OF MEXICO 86
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UNDERSTANDING SEVILLA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE EUROPA LEAGUE

With around 35% of the population out of work, Sevilla Fútbol Club has been a beacon of hope.

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UNDERSTANDING SEVILLA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE EUROPA LEAGUE
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FROM MANCHESTER TO TULSA - LAURIE BELL: STARTING FROM SCRATCH

"From pitch level, I watched Daniel Sturridge and Michael Johnson make Premier League debuts, convinced that one day I’d be out there too."

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FROM MANCHESTER TO TULSA - LAURIE BELL: STARTING FROM SCRATCH

LEIPZIG AND THE UNKNOWN

“Several clubs that used to be so successful never found a way to make it in the new world of free market and capitalism...that is why so much hope is attached to Union.”

LEIPZIG AND THE UNKNOWN

RE-EVALUATING SVEN

Regrettably, at a time when accessibility trumps accuracy, a public figure who achieved too soon is doomed to be defined by his most recent actions.

RE-EVALUATING SVEN

IN SARAJEVO'S VALLEY OF THE CUPS

Today, much like the rest of the Premijer Liga sides, the club finds itself in difficult times.  Domestic football in Bosnia and Herzegovina is no cash cow. 

IN SARAJEVO'S VALLEY OF THE CUPS

THE OTHER BARCELONA: PEAKS AND TROUGHS AT A NATIONAL INSTITUTION

Barcelona are broke and have been for some time. Twenty years of financial mismanagement have led this national icon to the status of an also-ran in the Ecuadorian Serie A.

THE OTHER BARCELONA: PEAKS AND TROUGHS AT A NATIONAL INSTITUTION

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

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.

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