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Pirate Transmission

Broadcasters around the world are paying huge sums to screen football, but they will not be willing to invest if they cannot be protected.

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December 2019

Scandi Drama

Years before it was screened live in the UK, England’s Football League was building a cult following abroad thanks to a visionary broadcaster.

5 mins read
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December 2019

Pot Of Gold

A rare meeting between two local rivals brought FA Cup fever – and a useful financial boost – to one corner of Hertfordshire

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December 2019

Digital Divide

From earnest post-match punditry to being used in actual players’ matchday preparations, the virtual game is becoming increasingly blurred with reality.

4 mins read
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December 2019

Haringey Ladder

The decision to walk off in the face of abuse has shone a national spotlight on a community club with a progressive approach

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December 2019

Bournemouth 0 Norwich City 0

Dean Court may have received a Premier League facelift but against today’s visitors the home team fail to live up to their status, although the low-quality draw they play out is still somehow reassuring.

8 mins read
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December 2019

Room With A View

Hampden Park

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January 2018

Not In The Script

ARSENAL FILM

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January 2018

Out Of Place...

After another unsuccessful qualifying attempt Martin O’Neill is under pressure, while a poor Republic of Ireland squad is only getting weaker

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January 2018

Uncomfortable Truth

At the end of April Sheffield United surprised many people by re-signing Ched Evans, who, following a retrial, has now been found not guilty of the rape charge for which he spent two-and-a-half years in prison.

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June 2017

Flushing Meadow

Amid the anger at the stadium’s sale, wild rumours of future plans and disagreements over whether Leatherhead was too far for an indefinite period of groundsharing (there was a banner), Kingstonian’s final game at Kingsmeadow snuck up on many, K’s fans or otherwise.

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June 2017

Top dogs

Easter weekend in Hamburg and, at a large kulturhaus called Kampnagel, one of the more inclusive football tournaments is starting.

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June 2017

VAR fetched

Video technology was hailed as the saviour of football, until the next day when it was a shambles. Maybe the change we really need is in the culture of blaming the referee.

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March 2018

Enigma code

It was in October 2010 that Rio Ferdinand wrote an open letter in support of England’s ultimately doomed World Cup bid.

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March 2018

Nations Saving Grace

UEFA could never be accused of favouring the smaller nations when devising the qualifying procedures of the Champions League.

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March 2018

Holt – Who Goes There

Accrington Stanley are perpetually the 91st-best-supported team in the top four divisions but their owner is optimistic for the club’s future – though he isn’t so glowing about those who run the game in general.

5 mins read
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March 2018

Nice One Cyrille

A raw talent who thrilled crowds, Cyrille Regis overcame vicious racism to begin changing attitudes and inspire later generations of black players.

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March 2018

Diverse views

Managers from BAME backgrounds should naturally be emerging but they are still being held back, so the FA are finally stepping in to improve the situation.

3 mins read
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March 2018

Stars In Their Eyes

From cricketers to athletes, plenty of sportsmen have tried to carve out a career in football – though few have switched disciplines with much success.

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March 2018

Unknown Fate

Manchester United were not the only team to be devastated by the Munich air disaster – England also lost some of their best players, changing the course of the 1958 World Cup and, potentially, the whole national game.

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March 2018

Triple Threat

The winners may have been predictable, and many of the owners dodgy, but there was plenty to enjoy in 2016-17.

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July 2017

Shay Engine

After years of struggle to remain in it, Halifax are finally enjoying life outside the League.

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July 2017

Moyes Don't Cry

Sunderland’s latest manager struggled from the start at the Stadium of Light, and relegation to the Championship is evidence of the club’s more long-term problems.

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July 2017

Cathartic Release

Fifty years on from the demise of one of Scotland’s earliest champions, there is a hope that Third Lanark will return to the country’s senior leagues.

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July 2017

Fighting An Uphill Battle

Many people make sacrifices to become professional footballers, but the mental strain it takes to block out everything else in life can cause long-term damage, especially when players reach retirement.

4 mins read
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July 2017

Roman Legions

Below the world famous rivalry between the Italian capital’s biggest two teams are plenty of others battling to become the city’s “third” club, their histories full of struggles to establish themselves in a tough environment.

7 mins read
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July 2017

Knowledge Sharing

England’s recent success at youth level has come off the back of the FA’s different approach to coaching, shunning star names and appointing low-key but experienced coaches from the lower-leagues.

4 mins read
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August 2017

Practice Imperfect

Being paid to play football all day might sound like a great job to most of us, but for many players training sessions are seen as an unbearable chore.

3 mins read
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August 2017

Scotland 2 England 2

The original international fixture has diminished in stature over the years and this time – just two days after a general election and amid heightened security – there is little bile between rivals at Hampden as the hosts try to salvage their hopes of, finally, reaching another World Cup.

8 mins read
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August 2017

Focus On Mick channon

Raised in a rural village on Salisbury Plain, football became an outlet for a young Mick Channon after his elder brother died in a tractor accident.

2 mins read
When Saturday Comes
August 2017

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