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ConIFA 2018: The World of The Unaffilated Nations

It is, nowadays, a well-known fact that FIFA is bigger than the United Nations. With 211 men’s national teams and a further twelve who have membership of one of FIFA’s affiliated continental confederations, but are not members in and of themselves (in comparison with the 193 member of the UN), the reach of the game’s governing body is truly global. The very nature of nationhood, however, can be complex and fraught. Some parts of the world are seeking self-determination and some are recognised by some countries but not by others, but where do these go when the main condition for...

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The Saturday Movie Club: QPR & QED – With A Goal In Mind

By the very tail end of the 1970s, a discussion was starting to take place on the subject of how professional football might look in the future when the present was a time of crisis within the game. Attendances for matches were falling and there seemed to be no end in sight for this decline. Something, it was starting to become clear, would need to be done. The Football Men, of course, defined Crystal Palace as “The Team of the 80s.” Defined by the youth of the team, Palace were touted as an exciting team for an exciting era,...

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Wolverhampton Wanderers: On Promotion & Agency

The last few years haven’t been terribly kind to the football clubs of the West Midlands. Aston Villa have been dragged down into the Championship and are finding getting back up out of it to be more a challenge than they might have expected. Birmingham City were relegated seven years ago and have only ever fleetingly looked like making their way back since then. West Bromwich Albion may have won at Old Trafford yesterday but seem to be hurtling towards the same fate. And the less said about Coventry City, the better. At the very top of the Championship,...

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The OFAB – An Act Of Folly: Part Two

The story so far: The Scottish National Party (SNP) jerked its law and order knee to produce the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act (Scotland) 2012, more ‘popularly’ known as the ‘Offensive Behaviour at Football Act’ (OBFA). People ‘at football,’ and others, foresaw legal and practical problems… “Rushed law is bad law” is widely-perceived legal wisdom. And the recently-deceased OBFA was SOOO rushed and bad. Ostensibly, it was passed because of unity among the overall majority of SNP members of Scotland’s parliament (MSPs) in Holyrood, Edinburgh in 2011…and repealed because of unity among the overall majority of...

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Manchester City Win The League Title By Default

When the full-time whistle blew at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon, the crowning of the new champions of England couldn’t have come about in more unusual circumstances. Supporters of the home side had started streaming towards the exits some time earlier – the empty seats on display had previously somewhat contradicted the announced attendance of just over 75,000 people – and most of those still inside the ground were West Bromwich Albion supporters, deliriously celebrating a result which, in the most pragmatic terms, may still end up counting for little come the end of the actual season itself for them...

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