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Arça: Arsenal and Barça closer than ever

Arsenal have often been described as the English team most similar to FC Barcelona.  It has always been quite a fanciful comparison based largely on the Gunners relative dominance of possession in domestic games and Arsene Wenger’s blinkered insistence on staying true to his footballing principles, win lose or draw.  Unfortunately a preponderance of the […]

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Tim Sherwood: Political Correctness Gone Mad

We live in an unfair world.  For millennia our societies have developed and evolved to favour privileged majorities at the expense of marginalised minorities.  A near century of neoliberal capitalism may have succeeded in dividing those privileged majorities into smaller sub-sections of haves and have-nots, but at the absolute bottom of the pile you are […]

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The Camp Nou Pitch – Smaller than Hull’s KC

Every time a British club plays FC Barcelona, some expert, paid to write or speak about the tie, blindly perpetuates the myth that the Camp Nou pitch is enormous.  Talk of the vast swathes of Cataluñan grass conjures up images of the wide open plains of the Serengeti and infers that there is as much […]

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Everything Must Go: Morals and Ethics First

492 quid to scone Cristiano Ronaldo with a lighter.  That’s what the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) are charging these days: and Atletico Madrid snapped up the bargain with glee.  There are other offers to be had as well.  According to the RFEF it’ll only cost your club £246 if an individual owns up to what, […]

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The Irish Inspiration Behind Wawrinka’s Major Success

Before his first appearance in a Grand Slam Final, Stanislas Wawrinka is reported to have said with admirable self-deprecation: “No one beats me 27 sets in a row”.  It was a reference to his miserable record against his opponent Rafael Nadal and as events unfolded in Melbourne on Saturday night, it turned out to be […]

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Ancelotti Must Remain True to the History of Madrid

Barça have never been unbeatable.  Even at the dizzying heights of their recent peaks they did not win every game.  And while it is true that they remain unbeaten thus far this season, the defeats, both in Spain and abroad, will surely come.  And when they do they will arrive in different guises for history […]

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I, Ferguson: We Need to Talk About Alex

I’m just getting around to flicking through Sir Alex Ferguson’s latest autobiography here.  A somewhat smug 416 page tome of self-righteous back stabbing and bitter one-upmanship.  He’s gone for the rather uninspiring title, Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography.  But with his writing having clear influences from sources as diverse as David Brinkley, Alan Partridge and Homer […]