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Rangers complete long path back to the top

They say time flies when you are having fun – to prove it, you simply have to ask a Rangers fan if the opposite is true. A decade going on a century is what it has felt like for many from Glasgow’s blue side, as at last they are once again perched at the summit […]

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Racism storm hangs over Rangers’ Europa League exit

CW: Racist language The past few months have seen racism rear its ugly head multiple times; throughout all footballing standards, players are forced to deal with the repugnant presence of racist abuse. Be it a seemingly constant barrage on social media, or within empty football stadiums, there is no doubt that football faces perhaps its most […]

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Football Index administration highlights need for gambling reform

Gambling horror stories are hardly newsworthy – for many of us, these self-induced nightmares are merely a coming of age experience. However, when the failing entity is the bookmaker, questions must be asked. This week a significant football gambling company has entered administration; you won’t find them on any High Street, and you would be […]

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Barcelona on the brink amid arrests and elections

Embarrassing Champions League defeats, calamities contingency planning, an ageing core, and now a disgraced ex-president in custody; you might as well rename the club Barcewoena. However, this is not a laughing matter. This dangerous cocktail of crippling debts, poor on-field performance, and now former and current higher-ups at the club being detained poses a credible […]

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Betfred Cup Final preview

I am not sure what is rarer, a Hampden final without Old Firm representation or playing that same game with no fans in the ground. Both of these happen this Sunday as Livingston prepares to battle St Johnstone at an empty national stadium, with both teams looking to double the number of cup trophies in […]

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Palmeiras snatch cagey Copa Libertadores final

A long and arduous past year has brought few opportunities for celebration and optimism, but for two hours the thousands of Brazilians with allegiance to Palmeiras saw their club reach the pinnacle of South American Club Football for the second time. Undoubtedly the green of Palmeiras will be worn with extra pride across the barrios […]

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Scottish football’s ultimate redemption story

Just ten years since David Martindale left Scotland’s criminal justice system a reformed man, he has worked his way up to the upper echelons of Scottish Football, with the prospects of European football and cup finals a reality. Just 20 minutes down the M8, Livingston’s “Tony Macaroni Arena” has borne witness to a story worthy of the silver […]

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Özil opens new chapter with hero’s welcome in Istanbul

Over one million people followed the flight path of a Dassault Falcon 8X from London Luton Airport to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Tuesday night. A flight that peaked at 300,000 congruent viewers on Flight Radar continued into the dark of night until 1.15am, after what must have felt like an eternity to many, Mesut […]