A Tale of One City: Bogotá

This feature is part of A Tale of One City Bogotá, landlocked high on an Andean savannah and bordered by mountains, isn’t an obvious footballing city. Historically football in Colombia hails not from its capital city, but from the Caribbean coast. Residents of the port city of Barranquilla claim British sailors and railroad workers as…

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Pablo Escobar and the narco-fútbol years

In 1989, Pablo Escobar was ranked seventh by Forbes Magazine on the World’s Billionaires List. A man with immense power, wealth and a notoriously violent streak, Escobar ran the Medellín drug cartel in Colombia for almost 20 years. Smuggling, bribing and killing his way to the top of the drug lord food chain, it was estimated…

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The storied career of Juan Pablo Ángel

As he sat down to watch his prospective new employers register a sodden display at Villa Park in 2001, little could Juan Pablo Ángel have known about what lay ahead. For the Colombian, one of South American football’s most revered goal machines, was about to write his name into Aston Villa folklore and etch his name into…

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Jack Greenwell: the legendary coach England forgot

Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly rare for English managers to find success outside of the British Isles. Steve McClaren led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but then struggled in Germany with Wolfsburg. Further back, Sir Bobby Robson did well in the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain in the 1990s while Terry Venables won the La Liga…

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