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  • Belotti ‘the rooster’ is crowing again

    Following a couple of years where his form dropped off , Andrea Belotti is seemingly firing on all cylinders both with his club and national team again and that is welcome news. In the aftermath of Italy’s 5-0 victory over Liechtenstein, Belotti exclaimed that playing them “brings me luck”, and that is not something of…

  • Why this month’s Clásico is in jeopardy

    With just over a week remaining until one of the biggest match-ups in world football, it has become uncertain if the clash will forgo as planned due to political reasons. The lowdown  The Barcelona-Real Madrid game was set to take place on Saturday 26th at 1pm Spanish time, but serious questions have been raised due to the possible altercations…

  • Canada defeats USA for first time in 34 years

    Canada defeats regional arch-rivals for the first time since 1985 and consolidates their spot atop the CONCACAF Nations League In the lead up to the match John Herdman called for Canadian fans to push his men past the Americans. And they responded. Over 17,000 packed Toronto’s BMO field which made for a packed lower bowl.…

  • Heartbreak And Joy – The Knockout Stages: Chile’s 1962 World Cup: Part 3

    When hosts Chile were drawn against the Soviet Union, their quarter final opponents were seen as the favourites. They had several star players, starting with the legendary Lev Yashin in goal. Nicknamed the Black Spider for wearing black in matches, Yashin was a player with an excellent reputation, helping the Soviets win the 1960 European…

  • From Cruyff to Ten Hag: Ajax’s rich coaching history

    As Ajax players and fans were celebrating the double on 16th of May, they were also thinking about the same thing. “We could be in the Champions League final.” Ajax were counting down the seconds for the final whistle on 8th May but Lucas Moura’s last minute goal changed the buyer of the Champions League…

  • Herdman: “We want it as badly as the United States”

    We caught up with Canada men’s national team coach John Herdman at BMO Field, who spoke about his team’s progress ahead of the upcoming match against the United States. Attacking midfielder Ballou Tabla has been going through some ‘growing pains’ after his move to Barcelona B, and his recent loan to Montreal Impact. Herdman will…

  • Why Sunderland sacked Jack Ross and who they can get to replace him

    On Tuesday afternoon news broke that Sunderland had terminated the contract of manager Jack Ross. The dismissal of Ross didn’t come as a shock and many Sunderland fans supported this decision after an uninspiring start to the season. An era that began with so much promise and potential came to an abrupt end as he…

  • How five years in Hamburg shaped Tomas Rincón’s decade of European experience

    By the time Tomas Rincón arrived in Germany on January 1st, 2010, he’d registered twelve appearances for the club he’d just signed for. He’d faced Celtic, Hoffenheim, Galatasaray, and more. Rincón played the youth game for Unión Atlético Maracaibo, a now defunct club based in the capital of one of Venezuela’s largest states, Zulia. A…

  • Blood and Thunder: Chile’s 1962 World Cup: Part 2

    There was a sense of hope rather than expectation among Chileans when it came to the national team’s chances in the 1962 World Cup. La Roja had been managed by Fernando Riera since 1958 and the 42 year old was relatively new to management. He had been appointed manager of Portuguese club Belenenses shortly after…

  • Football – an Emotional Release for Vulnerable Asylum Seekers

    Football makes a huge difference to the lives of asylum seekers. Alongside the feelings of joy and passion that are created whilst playing the sport, joining a football team helps to foster a sense of belonging, and adds routine and familiarity to lives that are often empty and dominated by feelings of insecurity.   Asylum seekers…