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“Spurs flop Gareth could Bale out as Birmingham eye £3m defender”. We’ve all seen the image of the Daily Mail’s story on Twitter. Fast forward 5 years and we have: “Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo pounce in extra time to win …

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It is the inevitable passage of life for a man (of a certain age and weight) to divert his focus away from the hardships of 11-a-side Sunday morning football, towards a semi-retirement of unstructured 5-a-side, Thursday night football with the …

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The fascinating thing about art is it’s intolerance for impartiality. Art evokes, it questions, it makes us feel and helps us grasp. With art being so open to interpretation the only non-questionable deliberation of it is that it comes in …

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*Before proceeding, it is important that the reader gains an understanding of the hipster in question. Hipsters come in many variations – they can follow hip teams and idols and can promote flavoursome topics. However, the hipster described in this …

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Political Footballers

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How can one expect footballers to remain so politically correct when their governing body FIFA remain so intent on being so politically audacious. Life and politics are entwined as equally as life and football are. Reflectively it would be easy …

 

The Bible, Socialism and Football

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Anybody interested in the foundations of religion should read Robert Winston’s thorough account; ‘the story of God.’ In it, the Jewish scientist-come-politician discusses modern forms of religious worship. While he concedes that worship in our western society has declined since …

 

Capitalising on Player Potential – The Myth of Moneyball in Football

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*All data collected is based on a 10 year period – 2003/04 to 2013/14 – unless specified otherwise* ‘Moneyball’ is a term which refers to the strategic, analytical approach of recruiting professional baseball players of a competitive standard, despite the …

 

A growing middle-class

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This article aims to be more thought-provoking than conclusive. It contains more theory than solid academia, yet it would not be too bold to say that the discussed theme is true. Sections believe that football is a game for all, …

 

Outside city boundaries

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A man stands at the edge of land leaning against a cold metal fence. His weight is wholly supported as he faces out to sea. The smell of its air – the most acquired taste in the world – fills …

 

A working class hero

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The Milanese love Baresi. He epitomised the club during his playing days with his elegance, class and longevity, not to mention his distaste for all things Internazionale. In a recent interview he was asked whether he was disappointed by the lack of loyalty …

 

Moyes and Germany, the perfect match.

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“I always had the hope of being a coach abroad, If I had the choice I would probably go to Germany. In part because of the mentality, which is similar to mine. I’m also fascinated by what happens in German …

 

American review.

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America may never win the World Cup. I know that’s a bold statement considering the vastness of the future but we need to consider several factors about the country’s social fabric. Now I feel as though I am in good stead to …

 

Be Right Back

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by Dan Bolas; For the first time in several years, England enter an International Tournament with a plethora of quality options in the right full back position. Since Gary Neville, the Three Lions have yet to have a player ‘make …

 

Contemporary Midfield Trio

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The central midfielder is the heartbeat of the team. He epitomises the style of play which you will expect from the players around him; for example, when Stoke City were continuing with their burly approach to life in the Premier …

 

A Biography of Bobby Robson

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by @ThomasHall7 Bobby Robson was a man who was loved by all within the footballing world and widely respected as a professional. A football career which spanned over 50 years saw Bobby succeed in many different arenas, winning many titles …

 

Capello’s Roman Success (2001)

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When Roma fans watched Lazio parade the Scudetto in April 2000, few of them would of predicted that they themselves would mirror the achievement of their city rivals in 1 short year. It was Fabio Capello’s delving’s into the transfer market which really ensured …

 

John Terry’s void

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Following the recent injury to John Terry, Chelsea suddenly seem to lack depth in defence. Obviously Cahill and Luiz will be AVB’s first port of call (as similar as they are) but if disaster strikes and Chelsea suddenly need to …

 

Interview with a Celtic fan.

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In January 2012, Celtic season ticket holder Paul told LWS about his clubs past, present and future. Tell us about a bit about yourself My name is Paul, I have been going to watch Celtic for over 20years, like a …

 

Top 10: Player’s who have still got it

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There are some players who didn’t quite make the list, one of the most notable players not to make my top 10 is Thierry Henry. The reasons for excluding Henry from my top 10 is that he seems to have …

 

Zambia’s Pride

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Its the eve of the 2012 African Cup of Nations final and I believe now is a fitting time as ever to re-tell the story of the 1993 plane crash that decimated the Zambian national team. Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets) …