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Aston Villa, Slavia Prague and the curse of Chinese cash

Ten years ago, on 7 November 2008, Aston Villa wrote themselves a small place in the history of Slavia Prague, one of the Czech Republic’s most successful clubs, with four titles to…

How Paul McGrath became Ireland’s Black Pearl

GOING INTO the game, Aston Villa had suffered three successive defeats and were looking more than a little ropey. Up against Manchester United in the 1994 League Cup final, the Claret and Blues…

The storied career of Juan Pablo Ángel

AS HE SAT DOWN TO WATCH HIS NEW EMPLOYERS register a sodden display at Villa Park in 2001, little could Juan Pablo Ángel have known about what lay ahead. For the Colombian, one…