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Visions Of Capitalism: Twenty-First Century Football, The Premier League & Manchester

By tomorrow evening, half of Manchester – a phrase that in itself provokes so much debate that it is worth pointing out that it is being used for the purposes of simplicity alone – will be celebrating a Premier League championship victory. Either Manchester City or Manchester United will be crowned as the champions of…

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May 12, 2012

Introducing…The 100 Most Controversial British Football Club Owners Of All-Time

Since British football began to mirror the industrial revolution in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the story of the politics of the game in this country has been very much about the relationship between those that have come to own the clubs and those that have, whether directly or indirectly, contributed to…

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May 11, 2012

Euro 2012: The Runners And Riders – Poland

With slightly less than a month to go until the start of the 2012 European Championships, it’s time for us to kick off our previews of the sixteen nations that will be competing at this summer’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine. We’re doing this in order of the groups drawn, so we’ll start with everything…

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May 11, 2012

Turning From Blue To Red: Cardiff City’s Backfiring Rebranding Exercise

Update: news reports coming from Wales are indicating that Cardiff City have performed an about turn on the issue of changing the colour of their kit and rebranding the club’s identity. We’ll offer out congratulations to the supporters for making their voices heard, and also to the club itself for listening to those concerns and…

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May 10, 2012

Rangers: Miller’s Crossing Off

So…farewell, then, Bill Miller. Executive members of Scotland’s football authorities spent much of the weekend with their backs bent over – those that had spines in the first place – in order to facilitate his acquisition of Rangers. But the only progress to be made anywhere was newspapers’ discovery of a second picture of the…

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May 9, 2012

44 Years On: Manchester City’s Last Football League Championship Revisited

The hard work, the experts will tell you, has been done. Victories against Manchester United and Newcastle United have taken Manchester City to the cusp of their first English league championship in almost four and a half decades and on Sunday afternoon a win against Queens Park Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium will…

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May 9, 2012

Red Mist Descends for The Bluebirds

Another season ends for Cardiff City in what seems to be the norm, faltering in the play-offs. However, when the change of manager and the summer exodus are taken into account, praise for Malky Mackay’s achievements in his first season cannot be understated. As with most clubs, Cardiff City has an active and vocal fan…

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May 8, 2012
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