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  • Best World Cup Matches: Portugal-Iran

    With one matchday remaining in Group B, Spain and Portugal had 4 points each, with the Spaniards leading Portugal on goals scored. Trailing the Iberian sides were Iran with 3 points, and Morocco with none. This set up a dramatic final set of games, with Iran probably needing a win to have a chance of…

  • The Lost One

    On July 2, 2004, a 41-year-old José Mourinho walked into his first press conference with Chelsea. The Portuguese manager already had the CV of a seasoned manager, including Europa League success with Porto, followed by an unprecedented treble-winning season which included an iconic Champions League tournament that left the image of Mourinho running down the…

  • In Memory of Jim Hart

    On Monday, August 13, the world lost a great man, a great writer, a great friend, and a great leader. The world lost Jim Hart. Alongside Omar Saleem, Jim Hart created These Football Times. When it seemed like clickbait and reactionary hot takes were the only ways to gain views and a profit for football…

  • Azerbaijan Premier League – 2018-19 Preview

    With Azerbaijan Premier League’s August kick-off rapidly approaching, we’ve been taking a look at each of the teams that will take part in the 2018-19 season. 2018-19 has already started adding fuel to the fire through the appointments of new managers. It will be intriguing to watch whether one of these new managers starts dominating…

  • Christmas Came Early

    He sits down. The book lies on the table, reading in bold fonts, “Factotum”. After all, it’s a book by the one and only Charles Bukowski. The person fixes his retro spectacles, trying to enjoy the book. After all, it has been a hard day at the bank for him. Drinking wine and reading Factotum,…

  • Los Blancos: The Famine Before The Feast

    Throughout the history of club football’s most dominant franchises, it’s fair to say that at no other point have Real Madrid and Barcelona remained firmly fixed constants in the simultaneous equation of ego and honor, each laying claim to supremacy in winner-takes-all grandiose. Four years after Zidane’s moment of ethereal genius won Real Madrid the…

  • Musings from Molineux: why the signing of Rúben Vinagre is proof of Wolves’ ambition

    I was at Molineux last Saturday, watching Wolves defeat a full-strength Villarreal team 2-1, and I could not stop smiling. Sure, it was only a friendly, but this was different. It was an excellent performance, Wolves’ last before their Premier League campaign begins against Everton next week, one that has given me even more hope…

  • Best World Cup Matches: Switzerland-Serbia

    Despite not containing one of the more popular national teams at the World Cup, Serbia vs. Switzerland in round two of the group stage proved to be a memorable one. The Orlovi had defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in the first round, and after a 1-1 draw between Switzerland and Brazil, a second win would see…

  • The Contrasting Tale of Two Brazilians

    Two Brazilian footballers, two completely different lives. One who enjoyed success at every stage of his career, the other who endured an immense struggle over the years. While one nursed a burning ambition of being a lightning-quick goalscorer capable of scoring goals against the toughest of defences with his pace and trickery, the other was more…

  • The Enduring Legacy of Chelsea’s Serbian Generals

    22 APRIL, 2017. On the business end of an early Chelsea counter, Toby Alderweireld clipped Pedro Rodríguez on the edge of the area and Martin Atkinson rightly booked the Belgian and awarded the Blues a set-piece in dangerous territory. Willian Borges stepped up and struck spectacularly to send Chelsea fans wild and in the early…