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How have the World Cup host nations performed in the past?

Russia is already up against it leading into the World Cup,

Having failed to win a single match in their previous seven matches leading up to the tournament. (more…)

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How will Cristiano Ronaldo be remembered?

The past decade of football has been a wonderful time for most things Spanish.

With three major International tournament wins, a Barcelona team doing a good impression of the Harlem Globe Trotters and Real Madrid also securing La Decima. (more…)

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Pedro’s Barca upbringing sees him thrive in superb Chelsea debut

“He wasn’t quite Maradona but he was close” mused Jose Mourinho following Pedro’s outstanding Chelsea debut.

Mourinho was right, he wasn’t quite Maradona, but his performance still offered an insight into just how influential a player he could turn out to be for the Blues. (more…)

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Eden Hazard: Overrated or one of a kind?

“I am not here to be a star, to show off.”

“I am here to play for the others. I am not the new Messi. I am Eden Hazard.” Eden Hazard, Chelsea. (more…)

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Alfredo Di Stefano: The original Galactico

World football was dealt a cruel blow earlier this week.

When the news broke that Real Madrid icon Alfredo Di Stefano had sadly passed away at the age of 88. (more…)

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England’s World Cup post-mortem is futile

On the 28th anniversary of Diego Maradona’s highly controversial goal in the Argentina’s 2-1 over England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final,

Another well-known Argentine number 10 was enjoying a well-earned rest day. (more…)

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Most controversial moments of the World Cup

For avid football lovers across the globe, the World Cup is a special event.

Throughout the history of FIFA’s iconic tournament there have been many dramatic and controversial moments. (more…)

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Is Ronaldo truly better than Messi?

The Ballon d’Or is meant to settle the argument as to who is the best in the world.

In recent years Lionel Messi had dominated and he was widely regarded as the best player on the planet. (more…)

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Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona – much more than just clubs

Barcelona is a team that are known the world over.

Over their history some of the greatest players in the game have appeared for Barça from Johan Cruyff and Diego Maradona to Gary Lineker and Rivaldo. (more…)

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England’s dreaming – All those years of hurt

When I was a small boy, there were two scarves hung in my room, Coventry and England.

Club and Country, my footballing legacies for life. (more…)

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First World Cup memories

Now that the draw has been made everyone can start look forward to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The unveiling of the Brazuca, along with its own Twitter account (???), has also got the ball rolling. By the time it all gets underway in June the anticipation will have reached fever pitch. (more…)

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Diving in football: Officials not to blame

Last weekend saw yet another unsavoury incident in which a footballer has conned a referee into awarding a penalty.

But it is not the officials who are to blame. (more…)

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Paddy Power Park: How to lose credibility and alienate fans

August 12th may be a date that changes the history of Farnborough FC forever.

Rumours were abound that the club had agreed a unique sponsorship deal with Paddy Power, Europe’s largest bookmaker. (more…)

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Top 10 number 10’s in the past 10 years

Over the years the world has seen the greatest players in the number 10 role.

Pele and Diego Maradona can only be described as the most technically gifted players to grace the pitch. A lot of previous No.10 lists have included players such as George Best and Johan Cruyff. I would like to point out that I consider these players as wingers and this is precisely why Cristiano Ronaldo won’t feature in this list. (more…)

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What if..?

Sometimes particular things happen in football that can change history; those moments that define a career, or the destiny of a club.

‘What if he hadn’t missed that penalty?’ or ‘what if he’d signed for us instead’. As many dreamers will believe, everything happens for a reason. But you can’t help but sometimes wonder what may or may not have happened had events transpired slightly differently. (more…)

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