Access behind success: The rise in football documentaries

All or Nothing: Manchester City and First Team: Juventus are the latest documentaries to be produced. Every dedicated sports fan would love to have real insight into their favourite team; to have the opportunity to experience something extra behind the scenes, to see something that most people don’t get to see. Thanks to social media, players…

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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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Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus: Reincarnazione for Serie A

So, you’ve heard? For years now, Cristiano Ronaldo has been the source of unending, online rumour-mill click bait. Many of us can plead guilty to opening an ad-filled screen freezer thanks to the lure of CR7’s next move. In the 10 or-so separate occasions where PSG all but “landed their star man”, or when “enhanced…

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South Korea 2002 and birthday cake for breakfast

It was my first World Cup. I’ll remember the Fevernova (the golden ball that a friend and I nearly ruined in his backyard), South Korean players celebrating, David Seaman’s tears, and having the final score ruined for me and my dad. I had no idea of the importance: in both the emerging Asian markets which…

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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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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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Brazil vs Scotland 1998

They say that you always remember your first. Mine was France ’98. Cast your mind back 20 years. Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal had just won the league and cup double, current England manager Gareth Southgate was plying his trade at Aston Villa, and Trent Alexander-Arnold had yet to be born(!!) My only experience of watching an…

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More Than A Manager – remembering Bobby Robson

The first trailer for Bobby Robson: More than a Manager has been released. Even if you’re an ardent Real Madrid or Sunderland fan (two very different things), it’s sure to bring a tear to your eye. Robson, who died in 2009 from lung cancer, was a legendary figure whose career ranged across Europe; from Ipswich to…

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