Is Abou Diaby, an enigma, or just plain unlucky?

July 1, 2015

It’s the news that all Arsenal fans were dreading, after nine long years, midfielder Abou Diaby has been released. The Frenchman joined the Gunners from Auxerre in 2006, but a succession of serious injuries limited his appearances to just 182. One must feel an element of sympathy for the lad, after all, it’s not his fault he [… […]

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Joey Barton – Spot on or just bitter?

June 27, 2015

Like him or loathe him, Joey Barton is a rare breed in the football media. An intelligent out spoken, passionate, football fan with an honest opinion. The former QPR midfielder tells 5 live Sport that the culture in English football is “rotten from top to bottom” following the team’s exit from European Championships. The culture […]

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Women’s sport participation and gender equality

June 25, 2015

African women in the beautiful game Despite a notably high percentage of women in political positions, South Africa has high rates of rape and domestic violence, suggesting poor gender equality, widespread discrimination and male dominance in (South) Africa. Ogunniyi’s recent research in South African Review of Sociology, examines women’s invol […]

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ITV warms up for World Cup with new animated sitcom about family, football and the passion of being a fan

April 14, 2014

Warren United – 6 x 30 min family sitcom for ITV4: kicks off 22nd April  Simon Nye, the writer of Men Behaving Badly, Baby Cow, the production company behind Uncle, Gavin and Stacey, Mighty Boosh and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and leading Canadian animation house, Smiley Guy, have teamed up to bring you this feel-good […] […]

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Qatar 2022: the most baffling decision in football history?

September 25, 2013

I have vivid memories of the day Fifa selected it’s hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments. The day held extra significance in England due to our bid for 2018. Confidence was high that for the first time in over 50 years we would be chosen to host the Earths biggest football spectacle. […] […]

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FIFA World Cup Trophy Will Visit 89 Countries, across all 6 FIFA Confederations in Nine Months

September 17, 2013

In a tour spanning more than 92,000 miles, Coca-Cola and FIFA will take the iconic FIFA World Cup™ Trophy on its longest journey to date. Announced last week, the route for the highly anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour will give more than one million people around the world the chance to experience football’s […] […]

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Bringing the game into the 21st century

April 18, 2013

Football’s governing body, FIFA, recently announced that goal line technology will be introduced for this summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil. With FIFA having finally opened the door to technology, surely now is the time for the game to open its arms and fully embrace it in a way that so many other sports have to […] […]

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Rooney’s mistake paves way for Crouch to be England’s Euro hero

May 8, 2012

Say what you want about Roy Hodgson’s England appointment, the cultured manager certainly likes his target men. In my view, this will suit England perfectly with Wayne Rooney’s badly-judged sending-off in the qualifiers opening the door for Peter Crouch, who has consistently impressed as an England player under any manager. Hodgson atte […]

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Things can only get Blatter

December 5, 2011

Considering the fact that Sepp Blatter has been working for FIFA for the best part of 40 years, it is remarkable just how good he’s gotten at annoying football fans, or should I say English football fans. Now if any other 75 year old man with a degree in business and economics (and has never […] […]

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The Capello experiment works at last

November 14, 2011

England’s narrow 1-0 victory over Spain proved that Fabio Capello’s Italian influence can force England to play without the cavalier tendencies that cause them to be knocked out of every major tournament. Rather than arrogantly attacking the World and European champions at Wembley, England played with rare discipline and composure. The result w […]

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FIFA Fair Play Campaign Marred By World’s Best Team

September 5, 2011

Spain, currently not the best team in the world according to the FIFA World Ranking but probably the best team according to anyone who has been watching world football for the past three years, were embroiled in a post-match bust-up with Chile after a friendly on Friday. Replays conclusively show that Spain’s winning penalty should […] […]

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Is it time to stop taking FIFA World Rankings seriously?

August 25, 2011

For those of you who missed it, FIFA announced its revised edition of its World Rankings yesterday and I’m sure that many of you will be as surprised as I was when you see the top ten looking like this: Netherlands Spain Germany England Uruguay Brazil Italy Portugal Argentina Croatia Before I start my argument, […] […]

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