This is how it feels to be Luton Town

Luton Town Football Club recently suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the League Two promotion playoffs, conceding an injury-time goal against Blackpool to deprive the club of a trip to Wembley for the playoff decider, and consign them to another campaign in the fourth tier. To downplay the devastation of the Luton players, management and supporters…

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The unlikely journey of Jamaica to France 98

Kingston, 16 November 1997.  The National Stadium is heaving as 35,000 Jamaicans unite in bustling prayer. The opponents are Mexico and the prize is a place at the 1998 World Cup in France.  This moment has been a long time coming  Three qualifying rounds, 19 matches and 18 months poured into 90 minutes of suffocating weight.…

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An English field in Bilbao

At the end of the 19th century, the sons of the British industrial revolution headed to the iron-rich Basque Country in their thousands. The northern city of Bilbao was rapidly emerging as the industrial powerhouse of the Spanish peninsula and its blossoming iron-mining industry had caught the attention of the British Empire. A symbiotic relationship ensued…

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Xavi: the humble composer

The expert, the architect, the scientist; the heartbeat, the metronome, the brain. Endless adjectives, analogies and appellations have been summoned by fellow professionals in sincere yet scant attempts to describe exactly what Xavier Hernández was in his prime, the ways in which he kept the beautiful game beautiful, and what unique qualities he spent the…

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The Netherlands Magazine

No country has given more to the modern game than the Netherlands and no single city has given more than Amsterdam. Simply put, it’s a nation that has reinvented, redefined and reshaped football as we know it. It’s also a history that is rich beyond just the names we know so well; the likes of…

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Can England lift the 2018 World Cup?

England have hardly had a spectacular international football record in recent years. They were knocked out in the group stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and suffered a disappointing loss against Iceland in Euro 2016. Do they have a chance of lifting the 2018 World Cup in Russia? The good news is England…

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