A Tale of One City: Genoa

Close your eyes and imagine you’re in Genoa, the city in the north-west of Italy where Christopher Columbus was born. On one side of the street you’ll find the Lanterna, the famous lighthouse which has become the symbol of the city. On the other, you’ll see the harbour from which it all began. It’s a…

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A Tale of One City: Bogotá

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Bogotá, landlocked high on an Andean savannah and bordered by mountains, isn’t an obvious footballing city. Historically football in Colombia hails not from its capital city, but from the Caribbean coast. Residents of the port city of Barranquilla claim British sailors and railroad workers as…

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A Tale of One City: Barcelona

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Gazing out across the mirage of sparkling lights littering the night sky, it was impossible not to fall madly in love. There aren’t enough words to describe quite how breathtaking the overpowering sense of awe was, but then Barcelona is a city that specialises in…

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A Tale of One City: Belfast

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Even though a meeting between the ‘Big Two’ in Northern Ireland was always a hotly-contested affair, this one had even more of an edge and tension to it. The Belfast sun was beaming on a pleasant spring afternoon when the east of the city transformed into…

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A Tale of One City: Kolkata

This feature is part of A Tale of One City It wasn’t meant to be quite like this. A stiff breeze swept across one of the world’s oldest football stadia on the most English of Autumn days, giving no hint of the seismic shift taking place half the world away. As the short substitute limbered up…

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A Tale of One City: Mexico City

This feature is part of A Tale of One City The rain was thumping down on the Azteca turf but it failed to dampen the spirit of Miguel ‘Piojo’ Herrera. In the midst of a torrential downpour, the Club América head coach celebrated his side’s penalties in a shootout in mesmerisingly wild fashion. In fact, the…

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A Tale of One City: New York

Chairs were flying, billboards were turn up and hurled, and intimidating chants roared out as aggression and adrenalin boiled. Dozens of testosterone-fuelled men attacked each other on the sidewalk before police arrived to break it up, but it wasn’t a situation for the fainthearted. Something doesn’t seem right, however: this is not on a grimy backstreet…

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A Tale of One City: Melbourne

This feature is part of A Tale of One City You don’t have to journey very far back to encounter the last thrilling Melbourne derby. Just last week, in fact, as Victory overcame City 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium. The hero was Besart Berisha – once again – as the Albanian striker plundered his sixth goal in…

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A Tale of One City: Dublin

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Dublin is a city with an astonishing history. Walking through it, you find yourself regularly captivated by a building or statue that reminds you of a key moment in Irish history, like the bullet holes in the General Post Office from the 1916 Easter Rising or…

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A Tale of One City: Copenhagen

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Are you sitting comfortable? Then I’ll begin. Today I’m going to tell you tale of darkness and wonder, inspiration and heartache. We shall delve into a more innocent time, a more naive time perhaps, and trace the path of one of the best-known stories the…

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A Tale of One City: Hamburg

This feature is part of A Tale of One City If you want an alternative, exhilarating, football experience, then visit Hamburg. There, in northern Germany’s major port city, you will find the Reeperbahn; more commonly known as Hamburg’s Red Light District. Die sündigste Meile (the most sinful mile) is the bustling nightlife centre of the St. Pauli district…

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A Tale of One City: Casablanca

This feature is part of A Tale of One City WHEN THE PIERCING RAYS OF THE MORNING SUN creep between the towering minarets and high-rise building on Casablanca’s Atlantic coast, they don’t shine on a peaceful corniche as one might romantically expect. The first shards of light reveal a startling scene on the broad expanse of…

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A Tale of One City: Montevideo

This feature is part of a Tale of One City Flanked by the powerhouses of Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has always shared their passion for football, but has not garnered as much recognition as perhaps it deserves. The first World Cup was won by Uruguay, in 1930, but in the ensuing 85 years, its South American…

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