Monthly Archives: February 2011

You won’t win anything without kids


Franz Beckenbauer branded the English national side as ‘kick and rush’ during last summer’s World Cup.  Some fans were incensed – but when England received a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of a fledgling German side, national uproar only echoed … Continue reading

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A case for the Blues (a League Cup final preview)


The League Cup final is looming. Well, perhaps looming isn’t the right word. For Arsenal fans, at least, it is lurking. The Gunners hold a 2-1 lead after the first leg of their Champions League second round tie against Barcelona; … Continue reading

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It’s not just size that matters


The term ‘home advantage’ is thrown around rather haphazardly by football commentators without little analysis – so what precisely is it?  Well, it’s a heady cocktail of two ingredients: the finite features of home the home turf; and the metaphysical … Continue reading

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Forced retirement – and it’s a short enough career as it is


Few careers offer as little longevity or stability as that of the professional footballer. The cliché is to describe footballers as under-worked and overpaid, but the top-earners have thrown all sense of perspective out of kilter. The true reality becomes … Continue reading

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Love is in the air, but there’s no romance in Crawley’s cup run


Cupid fired down his affective arrows yesterday, and the daffodils will soon be in bloom as a disparaging winter is finally thawed.  With non-league outfit Crawley Town facing an FA Cup fifth round trip to the Theatre of Dreams this … Continue reading

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