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  • How to Approach Racism? Don’t Ask Football

    Racism is a scary concept – it’s uncomfortable to talk about and requires incredible sensitivity – but we do need to talk about it.    We expect racism to be the product of racists, people who openly discriminate against and vilify individuals of a different race. We expect them to be nationalists, we expect them…

  • Megan Rapinoe: A Champion on and off the Pitch

    When France Football revealed their list of the most influential people in football this week, two names stood out amongst the rest, drawing attention in social media. One was journalist Jonathan Wilson (ranked 41st), whose unexpected entry was a minor talking point, mainly by journalists and his fellow colleagues, who celebrated it with light-hearted jokes.…

  • Hanging on by a Thread: How COVID-19 Threatens the Existence of EFL Clubs

    It has been a month and a half since a football was last kicked in the EFL. Whilst the Championship, League One and League Two seasons would usually be reaching a dramatic climax, managers, players and fans alike are instead sat at home, twiddling their thumbs.    The government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in professional…

  • Piracy and Sportswashing: How the Arab Cold War Spilled into Newcastle

     The Saudi Public Investment Fund’s prospective takeover of Newcastle United has come under intense scrutiny, with the club, its fans, and Saudi Arabia being accused of taking part in “sportswashing.”    Sportswashing is an increasingly popular term that describes a government’s use of sports to improve its reputation and distract people from an otherwise oppressive…

  • What makes a good grassroots coach?

    My name is Charlie and I am primary school teacher and a grassroots football coach. I am a FA level 2 coach and have worked in a variety of clubs and set ups. As a teacher, I would like to think that I have natural keenness to want to help others progress. When my semi-pro/amateur…

  • Why a Breakaway European Super League is Inevitable and Why It Doesn’t Have to Be a Bad Thing

    As the nation gets used to life under lockdown, many are rightfully pining for the return of football. When the virus does pass, however, it is worth remembering that there are severe problems rife within the footballing pyramid, many of which can be connected to the pursuit to its very top.     Before the Coronavirus…

  • In Which Position Do Lazio Need a Reinforcement the Most?

    Near the conclusion of the January Transfer Window, David Amoyal – Editor of Gianluca Di Marzio’s English Website – asked: “As it stands, in which department would Lazio be best in reinforcing?”. A question that took some time to answer, after reviewing Simone Inzaghi’s squad, four alternatives became visible. In priority, these choices are to…

  • How will the rest of the season pan out for Chelsea following January transfer duck?

    Chelsea fans would have been feeling confident heading into the January window with their transfer ban lifted early. However, Frank Lampard has failed to add any strength to his inexperienced side – leaving him and the Blues’ fans frustrated.  The former England international made it clear he was on the hunt for a striker to…

  • Winning is not everything and it is definitely not the only thing that matters

    How football’s biggest icons taught us that life can mean much more than just claiming victories and lifting silverware.   “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing that matters”. These were the words of American football coach Henry Russell (“Red”) Sanders, little did he know the effect of what he said lasted for decades, since…

  • Inter Miami and the South American Connection

    Major League Soccer’s new expansion team may have been founded my English star David Beckham, but the signs are forming that Inter Miami will be the club of choice for another demographic; Miami’s vast and thriving South American communities. The most public face of the franchise’s South American identity can be found on its still…