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The Decaying Dream Factories
There is something reassuringly shite about Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park; reassuring in the sense that it’s old and decrepit but that’s ok because, let’s be honest, modern grounds are miserable and spirit-crushing and have an annoying smugness in the way they always offer...
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Football, Life and Death
Leicester, Feb 27th, 2017. A sombre man leads a funeral procession past the football ground. Inside the hearse is a coffin. As he passes through the crowds gathering for the Leicester-Liverpool game, fans snap merrily on their mobile phones. A closer...
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The Shot Not Heard Round the World
I was a schoolboy in the summer of 1998, and I knew nothing of Paraguay. Who did? As would have been the case for many children, that summer's World Cup served as my introduction to this exotic new location. It was a...
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The Little Club That Dreamed Big
Pistoia, a medium-sized town in the heart of Tuscany. It is the summer of 1980 and after 50 years the local football team (Unione Sportiva Pistoiese) has just been promoted again to the top league, Serie A. For a 10-year...
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Nudge Racism Out of the Game
Nudge behaviour is a concept of changing our actions through positive reinforcement or indirect suggestions. When Antonio Rudiger claimed he’d been abused by fans at Tottenham on 22 December 2019, the investigation brought no concrete conclusions. Is it time to...
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