Arsenal’s UEFA Cup adventure of 1999/2000

It would be an understatement to say this season has been turbulent for Arsenal. Their Premier League title hopes have been extinguished once again by January, they suffered yet another last 16 exit in the Champions League to Bayern Munich, and it is likely the Gunners will sell their best player, Alexis Sánchez, who has…

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The European obsession of Galatasaray

For some clubs, playing in Europe is a strong ambition. For others, it’s a cardinal necessity. Money is thrown about to ensure constant participation, as the prestige of elite competition becomes a drug. Yet few clubs are totally obsessed with Europe to a point where it’s ingrained in their DNA. Galatasaray Spor Kulübü is one…

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The riots that brought British football together

In 1988, The Firm, a prime example of in-your-face realism – directed by Alan Clark – was first shown on British television, and since then British films have, with varying degrees of success, occasionally tried to present to the public a picture of the blunt passion and quasi-religious fanaticism associated with life as a ‘casual’. Ranging…

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