Neymar vs Mbappe – the next great rivalry?

Rivalries exist throughout the game. In France, we have PSG v Marseille, Marseille v Lyon, and numerous other derby games. But what about rivalries between players? In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seemed to spur each other on to new heights of greatness at their respective clubs. Well, imagine if they both played for…

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South American ICYMI: title race heats up in Brazil and it’s kick off time in Argentina

The Brasileirão returned this weekend after a midweek set of Copa Libertadores fixtures, with six Brazilian teams fighting for continental glory, while in Argentina, the Superliga kicked off on the weekend, promising a season of excitement and drama. In Short Brasileirão In a battle important for the Libertadores race, Atlético Mineiro defeated Santos in Sunday’s…

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Shirt Tales – Chapter 4: ‘Perfecting the Template’

Template. To most, this is basically a swear word when it comes to shirts. If your club ends up with a template kit, it’s time to get the pitchforks out and march to the doors of the CEO’s office, right? In reality, templates have always existed in the shirt world. Back in Chapter 1, we…

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Shirt Tales – Chapter 3: ‘The Phenomenon’s New Clothes’

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima’s destiny was written in the stars, or at least his shirts hinted at it. Beginning his professional career at Cruzeiro, Ronaldo’s first kit had everything you want in a 90s shirt. Every inch of the deep blue number, made by Brazilian brand Finta, was covered in stars. The most notable…

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The taste of yellow and green tears: France vs Brazil 2006

For the majority of Brazilian people, the Seleção and the World Cup has a valuable space in their lives. You wouldn’t expect less from a nation that won it five times; the World Cup is just a part of who we are. By the time the 2006 World Cup came, I remember the streets in Brazil decorated…

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Serie A stars in Russia: The Stand-Outs

Fifty-six Serie A players received the call to postpone their seaside holidays and take part in this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. No squad featured more representation from the peninsula than Poland and Croatia who each sent six players. As is always the case, it’s been a brilliant ride for some and bitter disappointment…

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THAT free kick: Ronaldinho and his moment of World Cup brilliance

It was an effort that shocked one nation and evoked one of the largest alcohol-consuming, conga-dancing parties ever seen in another. Two teams were divided by one of the most fleeting, but truly magical, moments in football history. A goalkeeper became a nationwide embarrassment for a short period, whilst the playmaker that had so cruelly…

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