Robinho: the legend we waited in vain for

Illustration by Charis Tsevis. View more of his work here The collective radar of world football is an enigmatic mechanism at the best of times. Sometimes it unearths tantalising treasures made to entrance the globe, other times it fails to penetrate deep enough to find anything of note. There’s really no specific formula to follow, and…

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The continued rise of women’s football

At the tail end of one of the most action-packed FA WSL seasons ever, women’s football is getting its fair due. Manchester City Women turned in a stellar performance throughout the season, remaining undefeated right through the end. At the same time, last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada final drew in a record 750…

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Champions League Groups A-D after Tuesday’s results

Joan Gamper Trophy (CC BY 2.0) by tpower1978 Manchester City secured an entirely unexpected 3-1 victory over Spanish giants, Barcelona, on Tuesday evening, a result that prolongs the conclusion of Group C for another fortnight. City hadn’t beat the Blaugrana since 19 August 2009, a 1-0 victory in the Joan Gamper Trophy courtesy of a first-half Martin Petrov goal, and…

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Can Real Madrid end the Champions League hoodoo?

With the Champions League group stage underway, everyone will have an opinion on who will win this season’s competition. The usual suspects head the betting, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and defending champions Real Madrid leading the way and a handful of other potential winners among the 32 teams. It’s a great market for providing long-term…

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The polarisation of Craig Bellamy

Few players have split opinion amongst football fans as much as Craig Bellamy. The former Welsh international striker was the epitome of a Marmite footballer. Born and raised in a working-class area of Cardiff, Bellamy quickly showed his talent with a football at his feet. At just nine, he was signed up to the Bristol…

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A Tale of One City: Manchester

This feature is a part of A Tale of One City Welcome to Manchester. After Carlos Tevez’s infamous multi-million pound move from Manchester United to cross-town rivals Manchester City, his new employers erected a huge billboard in the city centre in their traditional sky-blue with a picture of the Argentine’s outstretched arms in a dig at…

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