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2023-06-06 13:30
The opening sequence of Inglorious Basterds is a masterclass on how to write a lede. There is much to rave about its aesthetic treatment, but Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa really loc… Read More
2023-06-01 13:47
In this four-part series, Ryan Murray unravels the complex tapestry of New Zealand football, delves into the nuances which have thwarted the Kiwis’ progress, reflects on whether recent… Read More
2023-04-25 13:40
I like to think that everything in life is a metaphor. Things can be broken down into comparisons, and when it comes to the game of football, we can spend entire lives trying to find our pos… Read More
2023-01-31 12:30
“Ah want me name printed on the back o’ me shirt!” Thompson leaned his spindly, tall frame into the wind and rain that blew directly into his red, cadaverous face. The hiss… Read More
2023-01-19 14:00
In Qatar, the dust, in both a literal and figurative sense, is just settling after a barnstorming three weeks of football produced a raft of historic moments; the drama, controversy, and int… Read More
2022-12-11 12:30
Georgian football hasn’t been the most recognisable location on the footballing map. Still, the recent performances from Giorgi Mamardashvili, Giorgi Chakvetadze and specifically Khvic… Read More
2022-12-09 12:12
On the pitch, the 2022 World Cup has already thrown up a plethora of entertainment for the average viewer. Shocks courtesy of Saudi Arabia and Japan as well as enthralling encounters involvi… Read More
2022-12-02 12:30
The World Cup generates an entirely different feeling to club football. All the animosity that fuels and creates the excitement of the domestic leagues is forgotten for a month of national u… Read More
2022-11-28 19:18
Similarly to Les Rouges’ torrid Mexico 86’ campaign, Canada’s World Cup hopes have been extinguished at the earliest possible stage. However, their inevitable exit from Qat… Read More
2022-11-28 08:37
This winter, Ghana will make their fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup. Having beaten their fiercest rivals from West Africa in Nigeria on away goals to get to Qatar, the Black Stars are… Read More
2022-11-03 11:30
The August nights were humid and pleasantly long. As the summer turns to fall, the game gets shorter. The kids take the fields until six and it’s dark by 7:45. The weather is still lov… Read More
2022-08-16 11:30
As the football season kicks off around Europe, the Greek Super League may fly under the radar for many fans of the game. We explore the history of Greece’s top teams and interview exp… Read More
2022-06-07 11:30
At 38 years old, with over 500 goals on his account, a devastating goal-scoring campaign in the MLS behind him, a recurring Achilles problem to ponder, and no football in over 3 months, Zlat… Read More
2022-03-14 12:54
And what does one gain from tearing it down? Former USWNT teammates Carli Lloyd and Hope Solo chatted on a recent podcast, deriding the team culture as “toxic” despite opposite r… Read More
2021-10-19 12:38
(This piece was written following the September 18-19 football weekend.) Over the previous international break, we all laughed as Louis van Gaal shot back at a journalist deriding the Nether… Read More
2021-09-19 16:05
The Dutch are a society littered with contradictions. Rising waters threaten a country largely below sea level, but it was Amsterdam that served as a breeding ground for the very capitalism… Read More
2021-08-15 13:18
Erik Lamela is 29 years old.  There is something almost cruel about this sentence, which seems less like a statement of fact and more a dispatching of judgment. How is Erik Lamela only… Read More
The Broken Jigsaw: Joachim Low’s Legacy
2021-06-15 14:34
Is a legacy what you leave behind in the past or what is built upon what you leave in the present? The history of something or the same thing’s unwritten history? Nobody would doubt th… Read More

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