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Top Five Christmas Sports

The festive season is fast approaching, and this means a glut of overeating, lazing around in your new onesie, and avoiding real world responsibilities. Exercise is generally the last thing on peoples’ minds, but for those looking to keep active this holiday season, here are our top five Christmas sports. Tug of War Crackers Christmas […]

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FIFA disbands anti-racism task force claiming job is done

In March 2013, FIFA opened a task force against racism and discrimination with the primary goal of “leading FIFA’s action in this key area”, according to a letter former President – and notable humanitarian – Sepp Blatter penned to the Executive Committee. Flash forward to September 2016 and FIFA has disbanded that same task force, […]

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Gareth Barry joins exclusive Premier League 600 club

Gareth Barry recently played his 600th Premier League game, joining an exclusive club of just Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard – I secretly hope that they all get matching tattoos to commemorate it and have their own WhatsApp group where they bitch about those players stuck just shy of the landmark (that’s right, we’re looking […]

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Pep Talk: Guardiola’s a man with imperfections

Pep Guardiola is a man clearly worthy of our respect. He’s intelligent. He’s charismatic. And my God can he grow some good-looking facial hair. Last weekend he became the first non-Chelsea manager (and only the fourth in history) to win his first four Premier League games. However, he, much like everything else in this world, […]

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Bernie Ecclestone endorses Sepp Blatter as “the best man for football”

This week in Off The Ball, Charles Nurick takes a sideways look at the news that F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has endorsed Sepp Blatter as “the best man for football”. Sepp Blatter leaving FIFA would be fantastic. But not for the reasons you might expect: Sepp Blatter is a comedy genius. There, I’ve said it, […]

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“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

You perhaps would not expect the Fijian National Rugby Team to be massive fans of Benjamin Franklin, but it would appear that they have taken to heart one of his more famous phrases: “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” This comes after news of the Fijians training for their opening Rugby World Cup clash against […]

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World’s worst team wins match

Bhutan, a tiny nation of 750,000 nestled between the cloud-topped peaks of the Himalayas, is best known for it’s government policy of measuring Gross National Happiness. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that for those hardened by the reprobative goings on of professional football, Bhutan’s World Cup story so far is better than Prozac. When I […]

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Champions of America and Nowhere Else?

This week in Off The Ball, Sports writer Charles Nurick pokes fun at the self-absorbed nature of the NFL and its illogical decision to crown the Super Bowl winners with the title of ‘World Champions’. “World”. It’s a funny old word isn’t it? To most it implies the whole Earth: all seven continents, all 196 […]