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What is a club, in any case?

On the hill from which St. James Park dominates the Newcastle skyline, a statue of the late Sir Bobby Robson gazes towards the Tyne. He remains a man spoken about with sainted reverence. When Jose Mourinho finally won at that stadium, following 16 years worth of frustration, he sought out his old mentor’s likeness to […]

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State-owned football: an SOS for Europe?

Two of European football’s top sides have in recent years been essentially bankrolled to success by nation-states. The Qatari Investment Authority have owned French giant Paris Saint Germain since 2011, and the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased Manchester City in 2008. A third appears poised to join them as a takeover of Newcastle United, from […]

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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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This Month in Global News: the wider world this October

Trump of the Tropics: former soldier, Jair Bolsonaro, was elected as Brazil’s new president on October 28 after a month of escalating tension and violence which culminated in his clear victory over the left wing candidate Fernando Haddad. This result signifies a shift to the right in Brazilian politics and an end to the Workers’ Party […]

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The hidden agendas behind research funding

In March of last year it was revealed that, of the £290,000 donations to the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre in the University of Edinburgh, over £250,000 was given by the Kremlin linked Russkiy Mir Foundation (RMF). This revelation shocked many, worried about the potential influence the RMF, and thus the Kremlin, may now hold over […]

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Science Technology

Questions of citizenship and humanity surround Sophia the humanoid robot

Sophia the humanoid robot designed by Hanson Robotics has become a powerful international figure. It spoke at the United Nations, traveled the world chatting with talk show hosts, and even appeared on the cover to Elle Brazil (talk about unattainable body standards). To add to this already impressive list, last week at the Future Investment […]

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Premier League to blame for Clattenburg’s exit

The impending departure of Mark Clattenburg from the Premier League has signaled the start of a shift in power towards officials. Clattenburg has decided to leave England and become head of referees in Saudi Arabia, doubling his earnings in the process. He cites the breakdown of his relationship with referees’ boss Mike Riley, following the […]