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In celebration of Roberto Baggio: the divine ponytail

“Only those who have the courage to take a penalty miss them. I failed that time. Period.” These are the words of a man who has been forced to defend his reputation on…

Ossie Ardiles, Tottenham and the Falkland Islands

Jeremy Clarkson, the former presenter of Top Gear, was, in 2014, reportedly chased out of Argentina by an angry mob, having incited the local population with a number plate that read H982 FKL.…

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…

The story of Chinese football

ALTHOUGH THE EACT ORIGINS OF FOOTBALL ARE STILL unclear, the Chinese game of Cuju (or Tsu’ Chu) has been recognised by FIFA as the earliest form of the game, dating back to…

Stoichkov and Hagi: The Dagger and The King

It was the first match since being comprehensively beaten 4-0 by Fabio Capello’s Milan side in the Champions League final. A star-studded Barcelona showed up at Oosterpark Stadion in Groningen to face the…

The Icelandic roadmap to success

*Note: As is the custom in Iceland, individuals will be referred to by their first names  IF YOU WERE ASKED ABOUT ICELANDIC FOOTBALL, you’d be considered a footballing hipster if you were able…

Gazprom’s colossal football empire

It was once said that of all the unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important. Today, that quote seems so antiquated. Football has transcended the boundaries of a mere sport, into…

Chile: the rise of South America’s sleeping giant

DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF MANY, one’s life cannot entirely revolve around football without being affected by the outside world. Pesky issues like friends and a life aside, football fans are incessantly…

From rubble to Rio: the rise of Bosnian football

“I support Serbia.” It was not the answer we were expecting. My colleague and I had just concluded an interview with a coach associated with an NGO tasked with the unenviable project of…