Hamburg: decline, relegation, and the hope of redemption

Hamburger SV’s identity is of achieving the impossible over numerous decades: remaining the ever-constant in an evolving field. No other German club can boast the record of having played continuously in the national top tier since the end of World War I, as well as every Bundesliga season since its foundation in 1963. Bayern Munich…

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A night with the Arsenal supporters of Vietnam

There’s an obsession with English Premier League football in Vietnam. Thomas Barrett spends the night with a local arm of the Arsenal Supporters Club to find out what it’s all about. Photos by Pham Thu Nga. Around 350 Arsenal fans are packed into Kasa Cafe in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City to watch their team play…

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Year two: The TSS Rovers story

Docked points, dirty team kits on the floor of garages and players helping set up stands for the fans. One year on and Will Cromack and Colin Elmes both admit they’re still coming to grips with all the nuances of owning and running their own club. “It’s like you’re in high water and have a…

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Son Heung-Min and the prospect of military service

There is no doubt that Son Heung-Min has fast become one of the most potent and incisive attackers in the Premier League. He’s versatile, he provides Tottenham with a different option to the first-choice Harry Kane, and is extremely likeable. He’s quick, and has an excellent sense of position. It makes him one of Tottenham’s…

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Panama are the underdogs you should support this summer

Panama. A country fuelled on diversity following a rich history of indigenous groups and immigration over the last 500 years. The country itself was founded by Spanish and Colombians, both which still have a relevance in society today with streets named after them. Panama is of massive strategic relevance, lying between North America and South…

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The Valencia resurgence: with love, from Marcelino

Not since the 2014-15 season have Valencia been this good. Those were heady times indeed: Peter Lim took over ownership, promising to reverse the financial problems that had plagued the club in previous years. There was plenty of managerial instability and the departure of big names, but Lim promised fresh air, starting with the financing…

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Girona: an adventure of a lifetime

There’s plenty of subtext behind Girona’s performances this season, both as a team and as a club. The fact that they are in contention for direct Europa League qualification – battling with the more seasoned Sevilla and Villarreal, while steering clear of the perennial inhabitants, Celta Vigo, Athletic Club, and Real Sociedad – adds to…

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