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Can The FA Cup Relight My Fire?

It’s ten past two on a Saturday afternoon, and I’m walking across a field towards a turnstile. There’s one thing, though. This isn’t a metal gate at which I’m greeted by an old man wearing a v-necked jumper and a striped tie offering a ticket in return for my hard earned cash. This is a wooden turnstile, of the type traditionally used to allow people to pass from field while keeping sheep or other livestock penned in rather than the type that most football supporters are familiar with. We cross it and walk along a pathway covered in brambles...

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Home At Last For Coventry City

Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day. After more than a year of exile thirty-five miles from home in Northampton, Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena in time for their home League One match against Gillingham on Friday 5th September. For a club whose owners have steadfastly refused to so much as countenance the very concept of returning home over the course of that time – and which has come up with mind-melting justifications for it on the way – the celebrations amongst supporters happy at a return home will most likely...

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Fifty Years Of Match Of The Day

Gary Lineker will probably be wearing a party hat for it, but there isn’t a great deal else for the BBC’s venerable Saturday evening football programme to celebrate as it reaches its fiftieth birthday. This half-centenary has been treated as an excuse for a bit of a revamp, but part of the problem with these celebrations is that studying Match Of The Day for any period of time is more likely than not to lead one to the focus upon its position as something of an anachronism in the shiny, modern, twenty-four hour a day world of football media....

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The 200% World Cup: The Final Word – Fun, Wasn’t it?

It was a measure of how entertaining the 2014 World Cup finals were until then that the second-round tie between Argentina and Switzerland got such horrible reviews. No two hours of football containing 43 (count ‘em) attempts on goal should be completely written off, however putrid some of them were (hello, Josip Drmic). Especially given the almost unspeakably dramatic climax. However the finals were threatening the highest three-goals-per-game ratio on colour telly. So viewers were ill-prepared for a return to ghosts of ghastly finals games past. And the final itself highlighted a conflict between “good” and “entertaining” football. For...

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The 2014 World Cup Final: Winning By Design

It took until the twenty-second minute of extra-time at the end of the match to settle it once and for all, but by the time the full-time whistle blew in the Maracana last night, there was already a reasonably firm consensus on the matter. The best team over the course of the tournament had, in the end, won it. There may have been but the merest of cracks of light between the two teams over the course of the final itself, but Germany were thoroughly deserved winners of the 2014 World Cup. The best, most likeable and most attractive...

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