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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A Tale of One City: Manchester

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City Welcome to Manchester. After Carlos Tevez’s infamous multi-million pound move from Manchester United to cross-town rivals Manchester City, his new employers erected a huge billboard in the city centre in their traditional sky-blue with a picture of the Argentine’s outstretched arms in a dig at…

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A Tale of One City: Seville

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Seville is an astonishingly beautiful city. Cloaked in distinctive, Moorish architecture and set against the dramatic backdrop of the river Guadalquivir, many would point to the Andalusian capital as being perhaps the most alluring city in Spain. Town streets enchanted with effortlessly stylish bars and colourful…

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A Tale of One City: Krasnodar

This feature is part of A Tale of One City The Gold Room at the world famous Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg is a sight to behold; the very symbol of opulence at the centre of the most lavishly designed city in Russia. High walls laced with gold leaf decorations, sky blue velvet curtains that trail to…

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A Tale of One City: Belgrade

This feature is part of A Tale of One City It’s March 1992, and the Marakana falls eerily silent. Sixty-thousand fans have packed into the stadium in Savski Venac, a central area of Belgrade, to roar on Red Star Belgrade and their ferocious rivals, Partizan. The usual hellish carnival of boisterous hatred ceases due to the emergence…

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A Tale of One City: Tehran

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Éamon Zayed burst between the two centre-backs hoping for a through ball to latch onto, more in hope than expectation. His new side were 2-0 down against their bitter rivals after all, reduced to 10 men and with less than 10 minutes left to play, not…

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A Tale of One City: Liverpool

This feature is part of A Tale of One City On Merseyside, you are red or you are blue. There is no happy medium when it comes to football in Liverpool, one of Europe’s most culturally enriched cities. The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton is the longest-running football derby in the English top-flight and the…

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A Tale of One City: Rome

This feature is part of A Tale of One City The balding man with whisps of thinning grey-speckled hair looked oddly familiar. His assuredness and graceful movement seemed at odds with his companions as he drifted at a slightly withdrawn pace like a wily leader – he was almost old enough to be a father to…

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A Tale of One City: Vienna

This feature is part of A Tale of One City You could easily be tricked into thinking Vienna is a peaceful, passive city; a breezy cultural beacon of Eastern Europe. Indeed, it’s superb and is a resplendent location for romantic getaways, city breaks and an essential stop on any inter-railing route. The city’s Wienerwald is a famed cyclist haven,…

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A Tale of One City: Cairo

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City As his tiny chisel chipped away to create the first gap in the crumbling wall, Howard Carter breathed air that hadn’t been breathed in over three millennia. Fifteen years of relatively fruitless toil searching the Valley of the Kings, interrupted by the Great War,…

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A Tale of One City: São Paulo

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City The Palmeiras players had seen enough, and they snapped. Like blood trickling down the water in front of a ravenous shark, they launched an astonishing attack on Corinthians’ Edílson, inflaming a mass brawl inside a stunned Morumbi stadium. There were those, including Brazil manager Wanderley…

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A Tale of One City: Athens

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City Hyperbole is a common feature throughout the football world, from self-effacing irony to full-blown delusion. As the first torrential downpour of this year threatened to swamp the north-west of England, the faithful Moss Lane supporters could be heard chanting “And we’re Altincham, Altrincham FC! We’re…

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A Tale of One City: Rio de Janeiro

This feature is part of A Tale of One City “When did Fla-Flu begin? I dare to say: Fla-Flu has no beginning. Fla-Flu has no end. Fla-Flu came into existence 40 minutes before nothing. And then the multitude was awakened.” Nelson Rodrigues. Brazil has always been a nation that breathes football. Although people often point to…

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A Tale of One City: Lisbon

This feature is part of A Tale of One City John O’Shea’s grimace said it all. As a wisp of bleached hair flicked past his sweat-lined brow, it was all he could do to manhandle the virtually unknown boy to the ground to avoid being humiliated yet again. Despite having been crowned a champion of England months earlier,…

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