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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Uganda take flight at last for AFCON 2017

Mandela National Stadium, to give it its official name, sits atop Namboole Hill, on the eastern outskirts of Kampala. Opened in 1997 and built by Chinese contractors, with Chinese investment, it was the focal point for two of Uganda’s defining moments in 2016. On 20 February, in the bowels of an increasingly dilapidated stadium, Dr…

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The 1962 Asian Games: when India conquered the continent

Cyril Radcliffe was a civil servant who was little known outside British bureaucratic circles before 1947. However, the events which transpired in August of the same year would etch his name into eternity. On 17 August 1947, details about the Radcliffe Line were published, dividing 450,000 square kilometres to partition India and Pakistan. Chaos and civil disorder…

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The contrasting fortunes of Córdoba’s top two clubs

This season has seen contrasting fortunes for the two representatives of the second city of Córdoba in Argentina’s top flight. Newly promoted Club Atlético Talleres returned to the Primera División after 12 years in the wilderness, winning the Primera B Nacional at a canter last season. This was their second successive promotion, having won the Torneo Federal A the season before. All in all, Talleres only lost…

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