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Why are there So Few Football Referees in the UK?

Why are there So Few Football Referees in the UK?

It is a six-figure job, with plenty of travel, free tickets for the family and a world-class support network. Frankly, it is almost as good as being a footballer, but English football’s attitude to those who oversee 850,000…

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Football Finances: Rangers v Celtic

Football Finances: Rangers v Celtic

The two big Glasgow teams have had mixed fortunes on and off the pitch in recent years, and both have just announced their financial results for 2018/19. This season, Celtic won the domestic treble and Rangers were runners…

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Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United’s Next Star?

Bruno Fernandes: Manchester United’s Next Star?

The top tier of talented Portuguese youngsters spend their lives between the successful youth national teams and the renown academies of the country’s big three clubs. The ones not lucky enough to be a part of this circuit,…

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Tactics Explained: Graham Potter’s Brighton

Tactics Explained: Graham Potter’s Brighton

Brighton have started the Premier League season well under former Östersund and Swansea manager Graham Potter. Potter, of course, has previous Premier League experience, albeit limited: he played a small number of games for Southampton in 1996/97, including…

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Why Did Arsenal Sack their Head of Youth Scouting?

Why Did Arsenal Sack their Head of Youth Scouting?

The sacking of Steven Morrow and several of his staff was the first sign of Edu, Arsenal’s technical director, examining the structures at the club and acting with real authority. Relations had not been ideal between Morrow and…

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Olivier Giroud: An Undervalued Goal Scorer?

Olivier Giroud: An Undervalued Goal Scorer?

Scoring goals is often described as the hardest thing to do in football and as such centre-forwards tend to be overpriced, finding a striker capable of consistently finding the net can be difficult, particularly at the top level,…

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How China is Using Football in Africa

How China is Using Football in Africa

China is the world’s biggest country, populated by 1.4 billion people. It also has the world’s second largest economy behind the United States, with a national income in excess of $12 trillion and annual economic growth over the…

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Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

The chances are that you probably haven’t heard of Hakeem al Araibi. The Bahraini centre back plays for Pascoe Vale FC, a semi-pro club in Australia’s National Premier Leagues Victoria. But he was once considered one of the…

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Old Trafford, Anfield, Roker Park: The Man Who Built British Football

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If you’ve watched British football at any point in the last century, you’ve seen the designs and engineering of a Scot named Archibald Leitch. At the turn of the 20th century, the sport was only just becoming a…

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Tactics Explained: Zonal & Man Marking

Tactics Explained: Zonal & Man Marking

The father of Italian football journalism and champion of catenaccio Gianni Brera was reported to have said that the perfect game of football would end 0-0. With this in mind, marking can be just as attractive and interesting…

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