Paul Gascoigne and the death of the flawed hero

FOOTBALL IS CAPABLE OF BEING PURE THEATRE, producing storylines that would be tossed aside by even the most shameless Hollywood scribe as too implausible. Liverpool in Istanbul in 2005, Manchester United in Barcelona in 1999, even Greece in the 2004 European Championships (fittingly, with the indelible mark the country has left on the literary landscape)…

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