July 2008

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The Tyranny Of Football

A curious article appeared in “The Guardian” on Saturday, in which the actor, writer and comedian David Mitchell tried to sum up his dislike for football. Reading it back this morning, one cannot help but be struck by the overwhelming impression that he is somehow holding back the worst of his ire – that he…

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July 14, 2008
Ian

A Kewelling Off Period

It’s unlikely that Leeds United will be playing Galatasaray in the next couple of years or so. An element of racour still exists between the two clubs following serious crowd disturbances surrounding their Champions League matches played in 2000 which resulted in the death of two Leeds supporters in Istanbul. The subsequent police investigation and…

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July 13, 2008
Ian

Slaves To Fortune

Is there any sound more grating than that of the petulant millionaire?¬†One of the¬†curiosities of the situation concerning Cristiano Ronaldo’s on-off move to Real Madrid is the lack of media training that he appears to have received. In an era in which players seemed to have been groomed from puberty, Ronaldo’s candour has been most…

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July 11, 2008
Ian

Just In Case You Thought That They Actually Cared…

“All animals are created equal”, wrote George Orwell, “but some animals are more equal than others”. The images of “Animal Farm” are easily invoked when considering the running of football in England, and none are quite as apt as the pigs in their ceremonial blazers with self-awarded medals if one is trying to imagine what…

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July 10, 2008
Ian

Why They Should Never Be Allowed To Meet

There were cautious grounds for optimism when G14 broke up last year. The threat of a break-away European Super League had been put to bed. Everybody within UEFA was around the same table and hopefully pulling in the same direction under the watchful eye of Michel Platini, who had sent a warning shot across the…

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July 9, 2008
Ian

What Not To Wear – The Premier League 08/09 (Part Two)

Last night, we had a look at what ten of next season’s Premier League teams will be wearing next season. Now, it’s time to have a look at the other ten – well, nine of them at least, because West Ham United have taken the somewhat peculiar decision to leave their supporters hanging for as…

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July 8, 2008
Ian

What Not To Wear – The Premier League 08/09 (Part One)

Is it that time again? It seems to come around so quickly. The new season kicks off again in a shade over a month’s time, so it’s time to kick off our previews of the new season’s kits (we’ll be doing all four divisions and possibly the Conference too) before the start of the season…

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July 8, 2008
Ian
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