Women’s World Cup Final: USA v Netherlands
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Women’s World Cup Final: USA v Netherlands

The first Women’s World Cup final sees defending champions USA take on European Championship winners the Netherlands. Jill Ellis’ USA, who are looking to secure a fourth World Cup with victory in Lyon’s Parc Olympique Lyonnais, have never finished outside the top three at a World Cup, while the Netherlands are participating in only their […]

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Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained
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Chelsea’s Transfer Ban Explained

In February 2019, FIFA ruled that Chelsea had breached rules relating to the registration of players under 18. Consequently, their only summer acquisition involving a fee was Mateo Kovačić, who completd his transfer from Madrid a year after agreeing an initial loan deal. The ban has genuine ramifications for a team who, according to Transfermarkt, […]

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A Brief History of Gary Lineker
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A Brief History of Gary Lineker

For the younger generation of British football fans, Gary Lineker is a broadcaster. As host of the BBC’s weekly flagship Saturday night highlights show “Match of the Day”, and a number of other BBC sporting institutions, Lineker’s television career has now been long and very successful. But before all that, he was a striker. And […]

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Tactical Issues Explained
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Tottenham Hotspur’s Tactical Issues Explained

Tottenham Hotspur have not started the Champions League well. Last season’s beaten finalists were held to a draw away at Olympiakos before crashing to a 2-7 defeat at home to Bayern Munich. The Premier League season has started in similarly poor fashion. As these stats from OneFootball show, Spurs have significant ground to make up […]

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How Pukki Scores So Many Goals for Norwich
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How Pukki Scores So Many Goals for Norwich

Although Norwich were defeated by Liverpool at Anfield and Chelsea at Carrow Road, Daniel Farke’s team have impressed with a commitment to the attacking football that saw them promoted from the Championship. Teemo Pukki has scored five goals in three games for the Canaries and his movement and finishing has gone some way to settling […]

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Inside Football’s Transfer Market
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Inside Football’s Transfer Market

In the space of twelve weeks, a hyper-ventilating global football industry exchanges billions of pounds as a coterie of chairmen, agents, footballers and their families enter a high-stakes poker bonanza to outwit one another and grasp their cut of the winnings. It’s the transfer window, where money meets machismo, and for which the public have […]

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Getafe Tactics: Much More Than Luck & Fouls
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Getafe Tactics: Much More Than Luck & Fouls

Getafe have often been portrayed as an unglamorous side with a rough approach to the game. Since their return to the Spanish top flight in 2017/18 season under Jose Bordalás, the Madrid-based club have placed eighth and, most recently, fifth, missing out on Champions League qualification on the final day of the 2018/19 campaign. Courtesy […]

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Champions League Final:  Liverpool v Tottenham Preview
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Champions League Final: Liverpool v Tottenham Preview

Tottenham Hotspur take on Liverpool in the first all English Champions League final since 2008, when Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalties. That was the first all English final ever, and 2019 will see and English team lift the Champions League for the first time since 2012, when Chelsea saw off Bayern Munich, also on […]

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How Could Manchester United Beat Barcelona?
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How Could Manchester United Beat Barcelona?

Manchester United took a two goal deficit to Paris for the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. United were exposed at home by Thomas Tuchel’s team, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffering his first defeat at United boss, and the BBC’s Phil McNulty was not overstating the case when he said that “it […]

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The Story of a Church Football Team in Nigeria
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The Story of a Church Football Team in Nigeria

In 1989, Daniel Kolawole ‘DK’ Olukoya, a recent University of Reading masters graduate, summoned a prayer meeting in his Lagos living room. He was already a devout man and an adherent to the Pentecostal wave that hit Nigeria in the 1970s. 24 people showed up. Soon after, according to the church’s website, they began to […]

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