Nashville SC 1 Atlanta United 1
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
1M ago
Saturday 18th May 2024 – MLS Eastern Conference – Geodis Park, Nashville Such is the geographic distances in the US that this game was considered to be a local derby. Whilst it is only a 40 minute flight from Atlanta to Nashville, the two cities are some 250 miles apart. But that didn’t stop Atlanta ..read more
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AEK 2 Aris Thessaloniki 0
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
3M ago
14th April 2024 – Greek Super League – OPAP Arena, Athens, Greece Despite being only separated 4 miles, the stadiums of AEK and Panathinaikos might as well be in playing in different decades.  For all the run down charm of the Stadio Apóstolos Nikolaidas, you can only imagine what the club could be possible of ..read more
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NK Bravo 1 Olimpia Ljubljana 1
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
4M ago
16th March 2024 – SNL PrvaLiga – Športni Park Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia Last week was the Eternal Derby, the meeting of the two giants in the Serbian capital as Red Star hosted Partizan Belgrade.  Back in the day when Yugoslavia was one of the biggest countries in Europe, at least by size, there were massive ..read more
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Vejle 2 Silkeborg 0
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
4M ago
Sunday 25th February 2024 – Danish SuperLiga – Vejle Stadium, Vejle, Denmark There’s a myth that Denmark has no hills.  Flat as a pancake goes the story, but don’t believe that.  During my time living in Copenhagen, I once came across such a steep decline that someone was dry skiing down it.  I found out ..read more
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AGF 2 FC Midtjylland 3
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
4M ago
Sunday 25th February 2024 – AGF 2 FC Midtjyllland 3 – Danish SuperLiga – Cere Park, Århus, Denmark Football is a game of two halves of 45 minutes, but recent changes to the laws of the game Often means that a match will end up lasting an extra 10 or 15 minutes. As Sunday’s SuperLiga’s ..read more
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Ballymena United 0 Loughgall 1
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
5M ago
Saturday 27th January 2024 – Sports Direct Premiership – The Showgrounds, Ballymena I know everyone has to be born somewhere but it always makes me chuckle when I see someone really famous born in provincial towns.  Ballymena, sitting almost slap-bang in the middle of Northern Ireland has three notable people “sons”.  The actor James Nesbitt, the former ..read more
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Carrick Rangers 0 Cliftonville 1
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by stuartnoel
5M ago
Friday 26th January 2024 – Sports Direct Premiership – Taylors Avenue, Carrickfergus Friday night football is an established “thing” in Northern Ireland.  A few of the Premiership teams, notably the champions Larne and Newry City favour a Friday night under the lights as their preferred game day, whilst every week BBC Northern Ireland show a ..read more
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Celta Vigo 0 Real Sociedad 1
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by stuartnoel
5M ago
Saturday 20th January 2024 – La Liga – Estadio de Balaires, Vigo If Sky and the Premier League announced a 9pm Saturday night kick off, there would be outrage.  It would be inconceivable that such a kick off slot would be chosen for a local derby or high profile game, with the police wanting to avoid ..read more
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Iran 4 Palestine 1
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
5M ago
Sunday 14th January 2024 – The Asian Cup – Education City, Doha It had been a whirlwind trip, with little chance to sit back and enjoy the games without thinking of the logistics of what was happening next.  With my flight leaving at 1.30am, I still had one last dilemma left which related to collecting ..read more
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United Arab Emirates 3 Hong Kong 1
The Ball is Round
by stuartnoel
5M ago
Sunday 14th January 2024 – The Asian Cup – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha The taxi dropped me off at Sport City metro, providing a superb view of the Khalifa International Stadium and the Aspire Tower, a five-star hotel and the second tallest building in the country.  There were certainly more fans milling around outside than ..read more
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