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  • Why are British Asians under-represented in football?

    The underrepresentation of British Asians remains one of football’s most unfortunate stats. It is a national crisis that has been festering for decades. Yet even with the recent attention towards the overt bigotry that continues to mar our sport, we have neglected our duties to address it. Despite this desperate attempt to sweep all evidence…

  • Tommy Smith, Luis Suárez, and football’s moral dilemma

    In a pivotal match for the title race, Liverpool defeated Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday. While Sadio Mané opened the scoring, Mohamed Salah sealed the victory with a screamer of a goal. The goal, in many ways, was poetic justice: just days before, Chelsea fans referred to Salah as a “bomber.” The club immediately…

  • Jordan Pickford’s World Cup hangover

    On July 3, 2018, at around 10 p.m, the whole of England went crazy; the Three Lions finally won a penalty shootout in a World Cup. Yes, Eric Dier scored the winning penalty, but it was a skinhead from Sunderland who was the real hero: Jordan Pickford. His penalty save and passionate celebrations propelled him…

  • The line between funny and cringe on social media–and how clubs overstep their boundaries

    The era of social media has seen the influence of football clubs take precedence over real-world incidents. But with more and more clubs wanting to expand and promote themselves in the online world, its influence has been mismanaged. Rather than using social media to align fans and players in one place, clubs have used it…

  • Xabi Alonso, the professional we all aspire to be

    Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all gargantuan clubs in European football, having amassed 23 European Cups, or Champions Leagues, in their combined history. To have just one on your CV is a dream for millions. To have all three, though, points to a one-of-a-kind individual. What makes Xabi Alonso even more unique is…

  • Raheem Sterling and Eniola Aluko–and how social media can help combat racism

    The way Juventus have handled both Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape allegations and this week’s debacle surrounding Moise Kean has been appalling in every way. Not only did the Old Lady’s representatives unequivocally support their number seven – hailing him as a ‘great champion’ despite the evidence against him regarding the accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga –…

  • Neymar at PSG: unfulfilled promise, injuries, and stagnation

    “I want to write history here. This is the only reason. There are new challenges, and I want to help write the history of the club. Our biggest challenge is the Champions League, but there are other trophies too.” On August 4, 2017, a beaming Nasser al-Khelaifi unveiled Paris Saint-Germain’s newest recruit. The man he had…

  • The gender pay gap in soccer: tackling discrimination one step at a time

    Women’s football has gained some positive press in recent months, from Phil Neville’s Lionesses blossoming in their World Cup qualifiers, to the stadiums of high-profile teams such as Barcelona, Lyon and Juventus being sold out on a regular basis. Yet if we are to really make the most of this momentum, we must discuss the…

  • Of gloom and glory: Zimbabwe’s AFCON qualification a positive twist to a common narrative

    The great Greek tragedian Aeschylus must have had Zimbabwe on his mind when he said, “There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.” His words ring true for a nation that has had its fair share of grievances and nationwide disappointment, an overwhelming 39 years that has left the…

  • Twitter and Tottenham: Why the Premier League’s punching bag deserve more credit

    Social media has become a toxic place these days. From a football perspective, it has become a hostile battleground for rival fans who come up with the strangest of arguments to take the the opposition down and to prove their supremacy.   Twitter is ablaze with this insatiable urge for footballing dominance. Opinions are diverse,…