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The Return of the Old Firm Match? No Thanks

“Over the past few years some people have said they haven’t missed the Old Firm game. Frankly they’ve been lying through their teeth,” gurned Sky Sports presenter David Tanner at half-time in last April’s Celtic/Rangers Scottish Cup semi-final. “F**k off, f**king calling me a liar. You don’t even f**king know me,” I said. And it was more insulting to fans of other Scottish clubs, who will have missed Celtic/Rangers as much as, say, fans of any London club “missed” the Manchester derby when pre-oil money Manchester City toured England’s second and third tiers. As Dundee United fan Stuart Milne...

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Serie A & The Possible Return of Christmas Football

One of the suggestions in the ongoing “Whole Game Solution” proposed by the Football League is the long-discussed winter break, which seems at odds with the concomitant pledge to reduce the number of league games each season. If such a winter break were to be introduced, many will fear that the traditional Christmas and New Year games might be the fixtures to make way. Every year, perhaps egged on by journalists who would much rather be at home than at press conferences, managers decry the effects of having to play so much football at Christmas. Could it be that,...

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Football League Review: Songs of Fire & Ice

An ominous sound was heard across the Football League Championship on Saturday night. Newcastle United’s fourth win in succession, a comfortable win at Derby County, was another fine performance against a team that had been widely predicted to challenge near the top of the table before the start of the season but instead find themselves floundering near the wrong end of the league. This win kept them breathing ominously down the neck of leaders Huddersfield Town, whose one-nil win at Leeds United was one to be filed away under “workmanlike”, but did carry the added bonus of being a...

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Democracy, UEFA Style

Anything Fifa can do, Uefa can do almost as shamelessly. Including, it seems, presidential elections. Uefa elect their replacement for the banned/disgraced/French Michel Platini in Athens on Wednesday. Ex-Uefa secretary-general Gianni Infantino might have been a candidate to replace Platini had he not already replaced Blatter. As it is, Infantino, whose nascent Fifa presidency has teetered towards controversy, has been accused of improper interference in the election. As I type, the election favourite is Infantino’s alleged favourite Aleksander Ceferin, a low-profile international football political figure when the election timetable was announced on May 18th, not least because even now...

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Premier League Review: The Football Broke Out

The Sunday newspaper headlines made it perfectly clear whose performances were those that mattered from yesterday lunchtime’s tete-a-tete at Old Trafford. In a sense, the match between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola is a reasonably interesting contest. Two men with a history meeting this way in our backyard has a dramatic feel to it, and it’s a story that has been repeated through the ages over a variety of different mediums. But in the context of the Premier League it is a sub-plot, no matter how the press may attempt to spin it. For forty minutes from the kick-off...

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