Spain’s folly and a look at what the future holds for Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui, whose name is something that resembles the sound you make when you sneeze with a particularly phlegmy cold, has filled the gapingly vacant Real Madrid manager’s post, and came as a surprise. His subsequent firing from the Spain post on Wednesday was an outright shock. The timing is worse than poor as Spain…

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Globalization’s sins and World Cup relief

The 2018 World Cup in Russia is here. Globally, a hum is in the air. It’s all happening: viewing parties, betting slips, group stage predictions, TV studios scrambling, podcasts (I highly recommend We Came To Win) and more. Soon, the world’s largest TV audience will be watching, and Twitter will be clogged with various match…

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England’s World Cup Jukebox

You’re pumped. You’ve got your mates round. Nibbles are out. Three England Limited edition promotional packs of Carlsberg emptied into the fridge (pitcher optional). St. George’s cross plastic bowler hat. Check. ’06 white Lampard shirt. Check. White Lonsdale slip-ons. Check. British summer time redness to your arms/shins. Check. Only one thing left to get this…

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World Cup 2019: England vs Wales preview

Tomorrow night, Phil Neville’s Lionesses continue their World Cup qualifying campaign against bitter rivals Wales. With 30,000 people expected to come through the turnstiles at St Mary’s, and a further 4 million television viewers, we look at just what you can expect from tomorrow’s clash. The story so far The Lionesses have won all three…

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World Cup Barbershop

Roberto Firmino recently outed to the press that he planned to shave his head for the forthcoming Summer of Love in Russia. This struck a chord with me & brought back memories of old Panini stickers & hours of footage of iconic players sporting great/not so great cuts for the World’s favourite tournament. After much…

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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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