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 Big Analysis: Celtic vs Rangers

The anticipation and fanfare that surrounds the Old Firm game creates an allure that football fans around the world find infectious. The rivalry between the two clubs stretches back over a century, with their recent past only serving to stoke up this competitiveness further. Despite the sides’ meeting in both domestic cup competitions in the…

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The last Battle of Britain

There have been frequent clashes between English and Scottish clubs in European competition since, and there were many before. However, few were as keenly anticipated or as evenly matched as Leeds United against Rangers in the 1992-93 European Champions Cup. This tie, taking place during the inaugural season of the English Premier League, was the…

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The divine prophecy of Graeme Souness

It was with a certain sense of self-prophecy and a heavy helping of style that Graeme Souness controlled the ball on his chest. Shoulders as far back as his body would allow, his chest almost caught the ball, as it seemed to linger there for what seemed an unnatural span of time. A yard-and-a-half outside the…

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Jock Wallace and the giant killers

THIS IS A STORY that’s been flitting in and out of my consciousness for some time now, apparently just waiting for me to write it; in fact it’s been prodding me along for knocking on half a century or so. Not that I would even have contemplated such a thing as a callow youth, all those…

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Duncan Ferguson: coach, captain, inspiration

“Commitment, aggression, goals, leadership and, yes, maybe a bit of devilment. And even the ability to intimidate. Evertonians loved him for that. The Gwladys Street would have followed the big man everywhere. He was a talisman who terrified opponents and was adored by Blues. There was just nothing other than a total bond between him and the…

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A Tale of One City: Glasgow

This feature is part of A Tale of One City There are football rivalries around the world that are intensified by issues of race, class, politics and religion. It’s what drives a football match contested between teams from the same city to different heights; it gives it an edge over your everyday fixture. In a city…

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