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Tackles, or the lack of…

We often lament the scourge that is diving infiltrating the beautiful game; it’s decried as poisonous and running contrary to the spirit of fair play. Another element of the game should be equally...

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We want our trophy back!

Old Trafford might still be recovering from that Real Madrid defeat but Sir Alex and the senior players have been around long enough to know how to re-focus themselves and continue their assault on the...

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A European footballing revolution in Singapore

European football has a long-established tradition of developing technically gifted youngsters – it’s a significant part of the entire European footballing system that prides itself on developing young...

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Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me

It’s quite bewildering that we still continue to cling on to the notion that loyalty exists in football; the fact that players switching clubs for greater salaries, leaving for greater win bonuses,...

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Kicking racism out of football

FIFA has just been handed a chance to make a move in the on-going battle between themselves and UEFA for the “most toothless football association” award: a few days ago, the organization Football...

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Veni, Vidi, Vici: Why Manchester City had to win the Manchester derby

He came, he saw, he conquered. Glumly sat on the bench for 70 mins, Sergio Agüero was sent for just when his team looked like it needed some magic from somewhere. 20 minutes before Agüero’s...

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The secret world of Paolo di Canio

Sunday saw a very animated Paolo di Canio on the touchline as Sunderland romped to a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United. Today, Pavan Mano, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, details what must have been going...

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On (dis)respect, cannibalism, and Luis Suarez

In the Kop End last night, a flag was unfurled bearing images of the five best managers the supporters deemed Liverpool has had in the last 20 years: Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny...

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Arsene Wenger’s ode to disappointed love

Two nights ago, after the Arsenal-United match, Arsene Wenger got all wistful during the post-match interview, explaining that the barracking the Arsenal fans gave former Gunners captain Robin van...

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Manchester United, Sir Alex, and me

The Theatre of Dreams was a cauldron of noise Sunday night as Manchester United bid farewell to their chief of 26 years. A guard of honour welcomed the Scot who looked slightly bashful as he walked...

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Build ‘em up, then tear ‘em down: the allure of the flawed genius

Every generation of footballers sees those one or two special ones who tower above the rest. Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo represent the brightest of their generation; Gareth Bale and Neymar, the one...

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The Frenchman of Dar as-sina’ah

The wizened Frenchman stared blankly into the distance as he contemplated the situation he was faced with. The company was doing badly – rivals were outperforming them, profits were plunging and...

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Qui vs. Quoi: When the “who” is more important than the “what”

The Champions League victory that Manchester United recorded over Bayer Leverkusen in the middle of the week was welcome in a number of ways: Wayne Rooney got his 200th goal for the club and is...

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Strangers on the field

A month ago, France Football Weekly (FFW) celebrated Albert Camus’ centennial birthday with a lovely piece. In some sense, much like his famous work, Camus was an étranger to football — for most of his...

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(S)lumbering giants

One hesitates to label the Stoke defeat the nadir of Manchester United’s current campaign – there’s no limit really to how bad the situation can get, even if this latest defeat featured United’s chief...

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