Iker Casillas: the reserved prince of diplomacy

The art of diplomacy, it is said, is to recognise the beliefs, opinions and feelings of other people and to balance them accordingly with those of their opponents – breeding it itself an air of open communication based on mutual respect and rational understanding. Politics and football – polar opposites in isolation – share common characteristics…

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The imperfect goodbye

NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. If a footballer’s legacy to the game is to be summed up in their farewell match or testimonial, then they and the fans that try to imprint some lasting legacy on their beloved hero will always fall short. Steven Gerrard fell short in more than one way in his send-off at the…

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Managers: the men of power

POWER CAN BE A WONDERFUL THING. It gives an individual authority. It gives them a sense of one-upmanship over their compatriots. It instills brewing self-confidence. It sews fatale seeds of non-existent capability. When a person is entrusted with power it creates a figment in their mind that they are greater than they would have even…

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