Michail Antonio: from Tooting and Mitcham to West Ham star

Michail Antonio’s rise from non-league star to getting an England call-up interestingly mirrors that of Leicester City star Jamie Vardy. Both came from semi-professional football to eventually reach the promised land of Premier League and international football, albeit with setbacks and obstacles along the way. For Antonio, his story encapsulates the beauty of football: a…

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The polarisation of Craig Bellamy

Few players have split opinion amongst football fans as much as Craig Bellamy. The former Welsh international striker was the epitome of a Marmite footballer. Born and raised in a working-class area of Cardiff, Bellamy quickly showed his talent with a football at his feet. At just nine, he was signed up to the Bristol…

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The relentless, restless mind of Paolo Di Canio

They are there for all to see; the burning intensity of the glare, the endless cavern of passion, and the relentless desire that seems to give advantage in any confrontation. They’re ever-present in the sublime, the ludicrous, and the controversial, and on show throughout a career that has encapsulated reruns of all three. If the eyes are indeed the window to the soul, Paolo…

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West Ham 2002-03: the best team to ever get relegated?

Nothing in football compares to the crushing feeling of defeat when a team is relegated. Sometimes there is a dull predictability about it, after a consistently abject season; sometimes it follows last day heartbreak. Whatever the circumstances, relegation is usually an accurate representation of where a team stands in relation to others in the division, but…

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When Tevez and Mascherano went to West Ham

Cast your minds back, if you will, to the summer of 2006. Fresh off the back of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany two members of the Argentina squad that were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Germany were being pursued by Europe’s elite clubs. The duo in question was Corinthians’ Javier Mascherano and Carlos…

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When Bobby Moore went to Denmark

The man, the footballer, the legend: Bobby Moore remains the figurehead of English football’s most decorated era. It was not a career littered with hordes of domestic or European honours at West Ham United, nor was there an abundance of goalscoring exploits by which many greats are revered. Moore’s stout leadership of his country remains pertinent…

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