A national team born: the rise of Kosovo

One of the great criticisms aimed at football’s governing bodies, in particular UEFA, is the Association’s willingness to expand their number of member teams and lengthen competitions. As part of its growth in recent years, UEFA has added five news teams as association members, and each new entry has been met with a mixture of…

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San Marino and the true meaning of football

ARRANGING A TRIP TO SAN MARINO IS QUITE THE CHALLENGE. There is no train station in Europe’s third smallest state, let alone an airport. Large pedestrian-only zones mean that parking spaces are sparse, while buses from nearby Rimini are notoriously infrequent and unreliable. An enclave tucked into the hills of Italy’s Marche region, San Marino has…

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Gibraltar: a question of admittance

In front of a crowd of 1,821 people, history was made. At Victoria Stadium, sitting beneath The Rock, behind the airport and next to Winston Churchill Avenue, you’d be excused to think this was an FA Cup tie in England. Instead, this was a UEFA Champions League first round qualifying match between Lincoln Red Imps FC,…

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