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Why is the Ukrainian soccer team still playing matches?

Why is the Ukrainian soccer team still playing matches?

Originally I was going to write this week’s article on the controversy surrounding the World Cup given that it is just under 100 days away from starting. Given the amount of trouble that the Brazilian Football Association (FA) is in to get all the stadiums finished, which are mostly still suffering the labors of construction […]

Putin’s show

Putin’s show

Let’s face it: the Sochi Olympics were never going to be anything but amazing. That isn’t because of the level of competition. It’s not because of the record beating scores or the new team figure skating event. They were going to be the best Olympics ever because they are held in Russia and Russia is […]

Hubris and Soccer

Hubris and Soccer

“The ambition of this club was presented to me by the chairman and the coach and I couldn’t have been more impressed. I have many dreams at QPR, to play well for the fans, the manager, the chairman and myself and eventually finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, and then […]

Politics and the Beautiful Game

Politics and the Beautiful Game

The appointment of Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager two weeks ago led to controversy due to his previous admission to being a fascist. Di Canio being appointed as Sunderland manager led to the resignation of former Foreign Minister David Miliband from his position as vice-Chairman of the club, which I don’t think anybody cares […]

Leave the Qualifying Rounds to Teams That Will Qualify

Leave the Qualifying Rounds to Teams That Will Qualify

One thing that I know frustrates not only me but also international managers such as Joachim Low and Roy Hodgson (and yes, I am currently placing myself on the same level as them in this debate), is the continued admittance of quite a few useless teams to the World Cup and European Championships Qualifying groups. […]

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