Category Archives: The World of Football

A look more broadly at football across the globe.

There’s life in the old dog yet


I cannot have been the only one that had to double-take when seeing Andrei Arshavin’s name on the scoresheet, as Arsenal demolished Coventry City 6-1 in the Capital One Cup.  Call it ignorance on my behalf, but I assumed he … Continue reading

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Kosovo’s battle for an identity in football


Sport and Politics: they just don’t mix.  Everyone knows the old adage – the two should be kept at arm’s length… but the truth is that to attempt to do so is an exercise in futility.  Lazio’s poorly-reputed and politically-influenced … Continue reading

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Football – it’s just not cricket (obviously)


It is bizarre how often football can become analogous to life more generally.  Countless times (to the dismay of my uninterested friends) I find myself able to wheedle in football anecdotes into unrelated conversations.  The purpose, rather than being to … Continue reading

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The war of allegiances


Sunderland’s 20-year-old loanee striker Danny Welbeck became the latest player to win a senior England cap when he replaced Ashley Young for the final 10 minutes against Ghana two weeks ago.  While he will have been proud to have made … Continue reading

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England vs Ghana: will the ‘internationalitis’ epidemic strike again?


The domestic season will be put on hold next weekend as international fixtures take centre stage.  England visit the Millennium Stadium for a European Championship qualifier on Saturday, before Wembley plays host to World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana the following Tuesday.  … Continue reading

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