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Spain, Saudi Arabia, and social responsibility in football

It has recently been announced that the annual Spanish Super Cup – essentially Spain’s version of the glorified pre-season friendly that is the Community Shield – will be held in Saudi Arabia for the next three years. This is a deal which will see the Spanish football association (RFEF) receive £29-£34 million per year. In […]

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Newcastle United’s English contingent deserve Southgate’s attention

The international break has returned once again to put the exciting emergence of a new Premier League season on pause. After four wins from their first four UEFA Euro Qualifiers, England have recently fallen to a surprise defeat against the Czech Republic, followed by a convincing win over Bulgaria, albeit one marred by numerous racist […]

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Would you rather: Champions League or Premier League?

Following an excruciating summer hiatus, top-level football is back. A month into the season, the various narratives of England’s elite clubs are beginning to unfold, with Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham fighting on four fronts. These teams look to claim domestic and continental supremacy in the Premier League and Champions League respectively, as well as the […]

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City’s foundations: is Guardiola’s defence up to scratch?

Manchester City’s 3-2 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road was a classic Premier League upset. The sky-blue behemoth, after retaining the league and adding a further two domestic cups in 2018/19, fell to the plucky, injury-hit Canaries. Goals from Kenny McLean and Teemu Pukki, both signed on the cheap, and academy graduate Todd Cantwell […]

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Megan Rapinoe and the political power of sport

It’s official: Megan Rapinoe is ‘The Best.’ At ‘The Best’ FIFA awards, the American winger was officially declared the best female footballer in the world, fending off competition from international teammate Alex Morgan and England’s very own Lucy Bronze. This honour caps an interesting year for the 34-year-old Californian. On the pitch, Rapinoe won the […]