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Matters of Hearth & Home in the SPL

There exists evidence to the contrary that a man’s home is his castle. To begin, seeing as how there are so few men living in castles these days, owing to their relatively poor resale value and faulty electrical wiring incapable of ¬†handling the wattage necessary to capture the beautiful game in breathtaking HD, castles just aren’t prime real estate these days. Stripping away the rather antiquated phrase and applying it to football, there is the simple matter that where a club plays its home matches no longer appears the refuge it might once have been. Instead, for those clubs operated more so with an eye to being a business organisation keen on extending their brand or reinvention as a 21st century enterprise, monuments of yesteryear might be seen simultaneously as albatrosses weighing down portfolios, prime real estate worth more to commercial interests than footballing ones, no longer fit for purpose of any kind, too small for modern spectator events, or leveraging instruments during club ownership negotiations. With London clubs such as Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham United popping up in the news recently regarding where their next moats will be dug around, and with discussions about future castle construction on Merseyside ongoing, stadiums are a hot topic of late, and any or all of these perspectives on their current residences have been submitted. As England is having a sneeze over...

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When Squared Sausage Meets Currywurst: Scottish & German Clubs Collide

With the speed of a cheetah after it identifies its prey, the Scottish Premier League season approaches. As players in other top flight leagues wake from their midsummer’s naps and beginning stretching for their pre-season action, SPL players are back on their training grounds, preparing for matches that mean more than just a bit of fitness. Most Premier League clubs stayed close to home, having scheduled friendlies with sides dotted around the Home Nations, while a select few bigger sides traveled further abroad. Celtic jetted down under to Australia, while Hearts, Aberdeen, and Rangers all played in Germany. This trio of Scottish clubs partaking in a bit of bratwurst with their pre-season football recalled days of yesteryear, when top Scottish clubs were a surprising force in European football much as certain English Premiership clubs are today. In those times, Scottish clubs other than the Old Firm were progressing and qualifying for European silverware, and often their opposition hailed from the western half of a Cold War-divided Germany. Further, when the Saltire was being flashed in a West German stadium, it was not always in Munich, but at the parks of clubs which have since been overshadowed by Bayern much as SPL clubs have been slid into the shadows by Old Firm dominance. The Lisbon Lions of 1967 ¬†retain now legendary status as the first European champions from Britain and...

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