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The 2015 Women’s World Cup: Second Round History

The 2015 Women’s World Cup: Second Round History

France must wonder why they bothered winning their Women’s World Cup group. Had France finished second, they would have faced a quarter-final against the hosts and a semi-final against the reigning champions. But at this tournament, Canada and Japan are the “weaker...
A Short Story About The Three Ages Of Fandom

A Short Story About The Three Ages Of Fandom

The Capuchin Crypt in Rome is a most extraordinary place. Built over a period of two hundred and fifty years between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, it was the home of a brotherhood of monks who believed that one way in which they could most successfully...
The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Serbia’s Success

The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Serbia’s Success

Serbia were one of the first two teams I saw live on telly in this ultimately satisfying World Under-20s Cup Finals. And, decent though they were, they didn’t scream “potential world champions” at me. Nemanja Maksimovic’s slide-rule finish on one hundred and eighteen...