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The 2017 Under-20 World Cup: V For Victory

Far beneath Fifa’s, some might say on-going, corruptive deceit and abuse of patronage lies the laudable ambition to make football a truly global game. The fruits of the honest endeavours in that direction are visible at the current U-20s World Cup in the Korean Republic, where the group stages have produced results such as Zambia 2 Portugal 1 and, drumroll, Germany 3 Vanuatu 2. And if those weren’t refreshingly surprising enough, England have won their Group…in considerable style. For the first time in recent years, a squad truly representing England’s late-teenage talent is at the World U-20s, with past...

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Celtic’s European Cup: Understanding Lisbon

Just watch the game. You’ll understand. Even though Celtic completed an unbeaten Scottish Premiership season last Sunday, the focus was far less on the 34 wins and four draws this season than on one win 50 years ago. Likewise, the previous Thursday, when Celtic ran lanes through a disinterested Partick Thistle, in front of a stand-full of fans with banners and flags replicating those carried and waved in Lisbon’s Estadio Nacional on May 25th 1967. But if you watch the game, you’ll understand. If you aren’t a Celtic fan, “Lisbon Lions” fatigue possibly set in ages ago. Some old...

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Tottenham Hotspur: Goodbye To The Lane

There was a neat personal symmetry to Tottenham Hotspur’s farewell afternoon to what is already the “old” White Hart Lane. My first-ever trip there was my first-ever football match. 10th November 1973. Then, as now, it was Spurs v Manchester United. Then, as now, Spurs went two-up. Then, as now, United pulled one back. Then, as now, it finished 2-1. So, while Sky Sports were doubtless desperate to for referee Jonathan Moss to award a penalty when Dele Alli was tripped as he entered the penalty area with stoppage-time about up last Sunday, I was pleased that the next...

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Podcast 95: Who’s Your Favourite Player, Then?

Well, as I write this it’s the last day of the Premier League football season and there’s next to nothing going on. Well, sure enough, there’s a bunch of glorified post-season friendlies, but apart from that, nothing. So, with that in mind, it’s time to draw back upon our library of stock questions, this week landing on our favourite ever players. There are one or two minor surprises, but we don’t really think you’ll be that shocked. During this podcast, we make reference to Paris St Germain’s magnificent mid-1980s goalnets. You can see them on this video.   https://archive.org/download/podcast95b/podcast95b.mp3...

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Infantino Trumps FIFA

Among the millions of words from American political pundits and satirists about Donald bloody Trump, NBC’s Saturday Night Live broadcast the straightest-to-the-point, last… well… Saturday night. The previous Thursday, Trump told NBC journalist Lester Holt that he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey while thinking about “this Russia thing,” the Comey-led FBI investigation into the nature of the Trump’s presidential campaign team’s links with Russia, and their role in Trump’s election victory last November. (NB: “The nature” of those links, not “if” they existed. One for the politicos there). On SNL, Michael Che’s “Holt”, got Alec...

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