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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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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Unai Who? Emery to Arsenal is a potentially excellent move

One of the common phrases that was chucked around during the increasingly venomous Wenger Out campaign and the great man’s farewell tour was “be careful what you wish for”. The fear was that Wenger’s replacement would, with hindsight, show Arsenal as having been overachieving under the Frenchman. Well, it now looks like Unai Emery is…

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