Wayne Rooney: an inconvenient legend

When the conversation topic turns to footballing legends, those that spring to mind are generally the quintessential one-club men – Francesco Totti, Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard, for example. None of these players had entirely unblemished careers by any means, but they were unanimously adored by fans for their unrivalled loyalty and dedication. Despite over a decade of…

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Mourinho is here to stay at Manchester United

José Mourinho, the manager of Manchester United, said on Wednesday that he will require ample time in order to transform the football club into a serious force once more. He reiterated his point by mentioning that the best manager the Premier League has ever known also required a number of years to build a period that…

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Juan Mata: a rare breed of footballer

It is the end of the 2012-13 season and Juan Mata has just received the Chelsea Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row. “I just want to say thank you to all my supporters and all my team-mates,” he tells the invite-only audience, encapsulating the essence of his personality in…

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Behind the red mist of Roy Keane

Some voices intrinsically command respect, others obedience, but as the powerful, deep growl boomed out there was only one emotion flooding over the shaking 12-year-old boy: pure fear. “What do you want?” Gripped with panic, he couldn’t move. The eerie shadow loomed ever larger behind the frosted glass in almost comic book proportions until it…

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