How Egypt’s Pharaohs arose from the abyss

When Egypt beat Tanzania 2-0 in June to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, it confirmed their first appearance at the tournament after failing to qualify for the last three editions. For ordinary Egyptians, it was a welcome sight to see their team return to Africa’s premier competition. More so because Egyptian football…

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Gennaro Gattuso: football’s great dog of war

Artists, experts, inventors, composers, producers and virtuosos; few exist in isolation. Creative license, by design or by necessity, can camouflage or gloss over the painstaking hours of practise and relentless hard work required. The same is true for a concert pianist as it is a world-class footballer. For over a decade, AC Milan’s lavishly staffed…

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The making of Luis Suárez: a year in Groningen

As featured on Guardian Sport Despite its very obvious and pragmatic function, the humble umbrella has proven itself more foe than friend to football managers. The modern game’s umbrella-related history is short and sour. Wembley’s Steve McClaren, isolated and forlorn under the chasm of an official Football Association golf umbrella, and the likeable Dutchman Ron…

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