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New Century, Old Tensions: Russian & Polish Supporters Clash In Warsaw

For those amongst us of a certain age, the scenes from the streets of Warsaw yesterday afternoon and evening had a wearyingly familiar look to them – streets of mostly young men, mostly wearing terrible clothes, trading kicks and punches on the street of a European city whilst others, including, of course, a media that…

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June 13, 2012
Ian

Euro 2012: Poland 1-1 Russia

Some matches have a backdrop that is more than just about football, and with more than a dozen military conflicts between the two nations over the last millennia, feelings run high. As well as a presence of around 6000 Polish police officers, an estimated 5000 Russian fans marched through Warsaw. This march wasn’t one proclaiming…

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June 12, 2012
Ian

Euro 2012: Russia 4-1 Czech Republic

There is a school of thought which suggests that part of the reason behind the global success of football lays in its occasionally ruthless depiction of the fallibility of humanity. We watch this game above all others for the brilliance and the horrendous, and all stops in between. The first match of the 2012 European…

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June 8, 2012
Ian
Euro Moments: Russia

Euro Moments: Russia

Our daily cartoon series continues this morning with Russia and an incisive comment on perhaps the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game, Lev Yashin. Dotmund scribbled this with his tongue sticking out of the corner of his mouth.

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May 25, 2012
Ted

Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Russia

The Russian national team could be forgiven for treating all matches up to the 2018 World Cup finals as a warm up for that competition. After all, the amount of money being spent on the first tournament to be held in the country will be vast and expectations amongst the Russian public will be accordingly…

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May 14, 2012
Ian

FIFA, The FA and The British Press: No-one Really Wins The Moral Debate

“Please accept my resignation. I wouldn’t belong to a club that would accept me as a member”, said the telegram that Groucho Marx in his famous telegram to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, and the Football Association must be inwardly feeling the same as Marx with their admission that recent press revelations into the…

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November 4, 2010
Ian

Tackling Racism Head On, The West Bromwich Albion Way

With just a couple of months left until the voting starts for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, it is perhaps unsurprising that a story should enter the public domain regarding racism that involves, to some extent, clubs from the two countries that are the current favourites to win the nomination…

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September 14, 2010
Ian
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