A Tale of Two Dons: From Foundations to League One

It’s been a long time coming for football fans in south-west London. Over 15 years to be exact.  On May 28th 2002, the FA backed a decision to allow the football club formerly known as Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes. This move was seen as necessary by then-Wimbledon chairman Charles Koppel; he claimed that…

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Young Boys: a refreshing change to the status quo

This season, the Swiss Super League feels like a coming of age. It’s not only for the fact that the brilliantly-named Young Boys transitioned into adults by winning their first league title in 32 years, but also for ending Basel’s hegemony in the process. With Basel champions for the last eight seasons, any prospect of…

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From Dortmund to despair: the fall of Málaga

Five years ago, Málaga were minutes away from a Champions League semi-final when fate intervened. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had defied all expectations to make it to the last eight in their first season in the competition, finishing top in a group including Milan and Zenit before knocking out former winners Porto in the round of…

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Michael Carrick: the cool captain becoming a coach

There are few managers in the world whose words are more respected than those of the current Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola. Ahead of the second Manchester derby in the Premier League last season, the Spaniard lavished high praise on one United player in particular. “I am a big fan of Michael Carrick. He is one…

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Jorginho: the final piece of Manchester City’s puzzle?

As Napoli’s Jorginho is linked with a move to Manchester City, we take a look at how the talented midfielder would fit into the side. Select your player… A £50m fee is expected for a player who has only really proven himself over two full seasons in Italy. Is this really worth it? For roughly…

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Craig Butler and the story behind the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy

Craig Butler is a tireless promoter. He’s calling from Malta – where he’s been with several players from his Phoenix All Stars Football academy – and is getting ready to fly to Germany to support his adopted son Leon Bailey and Bayer 04 Leverkusen as they take on FC Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal semifinl. Over…

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Paul Pogba: Manchester United’s Midfield Enigma

Manchester United supporters had finished rejoicing following an unlikely comeback against their city rivals, having stalled Pep Guardiola and his side’s procession to the league title after a first-half of footballing dominance. One question, however, remained on their lips, concerning the performance of Paul Pogba. Was his superb, controlling display at the Etihad simply a flash…

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Real Betis: the historically rich hipster’s delight

Everyone loves a hipster club. The type that attack with abandon, the one with an innovation manager at the helm. Typically clubs outside the big guns in the league, they canvass support from unlikely regions due to their style and the excitement they produce. In the La Liga, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atlético Madrid may…

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Where can Newcastle United go from here?

The life of a Newcastle United fan has never been easy. They’ve seen the heights of European competition, playing against the likes of Barcelona and Juventus. They’ve also seen the lows of relegation to the Championship. This season hasn’t wavered from recent, more modest, expectations, and a difficult campaign has been overshadowed as usual by…

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Halilhodzic’s rocky Japan journey ends in shock dismissal

Two months before the World Cup, there are countless things that participating football associations should be busy with. There’s ensuring that base camps are properly outfitted; triple-checking passport expiration dates and visa applications; arranging last-minute sponsorship campaigns and public viewing events. Maybe even getting in a Russian lesson here and there. Nowhere in that list…

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