The reinvention of Aritz Aduriz

Stepping off the platform at the Abando train station and into its main corridor, you are immediately reminded of where you are. As your footsteps take you through clouds of tobacco smoke and the distinct smell of freshly brewed cortados, you encounter a giant stained glass window. A journey deep into a city’s soul, each piece…

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Is another World Cup-winning Brazil squad on the horizon and is Tite the man for the job?

When Brazilians think of Belo Horizonte, a depressing image and scoreline crosses their mind, especially in recent World Cup memory. But as Dunga’s replacement, Tite, walked across the touchline last November in a World Cup qualifier against Argentina, things felt different. The team selection was slightly altered, and memories of the biggest humiliation in Brazilian…

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The making of Kasper Schmeichel: 15 games at Falkirk

In the immediate aftermath of a whirlwind 90 minutes at the King Power stadium, few could have blamed Craig Shakespeare for coming out with some overly-emotive comments. The past hour-and-a-half of his life had been a rollercoaster of tie-levelling goals, joyous celebration, tempestuous touchline activity, controversial red cards and, above all else, Leicester City sealing…

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The last great days of the Soviet Union

Twenty pivotal seconds brought football’s Iron Curtain down. Munich’s iconic Olympiastadion played host to the final of the 1988 European Championships, and it was here, in the 57th minute, that the last great act of the Soviet Union unfolded. Trailing 2-0, the second goal, that incredible Marco van Basten goal, the one which left Rinat…

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