Torcia Verde – a Unique Pocket of Football and Lisbon
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by Ethan Rooney
3d ago
“Sporting Clube de PORTUGAL!!” was something I would get used to having shouted at me during my few days in Lisbon every time I mistakenly used the despised term “Sporting Lisbon.” Many times, during a casual conversation with the Torcida Verde Ultras, I would, through force of habit, stupidly refer to their beloved club as ..read more
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On Football and India – A Conversation With Sunil Chhetri
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by Anushree Nande
1w ago
In August 2008, India’s Blue Tigers prepared for the AFC Challenge Cup final against defending champions Tajikistan, knowing that a victory would end a 24-year wait to return to the Asian Cup. On the night, this daunting prospect wouldn’t be allowed any time to fester. Nine minutes, 19 minutes, 75 minutes—that’s all it took for ..read more
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Emma Hayes, Carla Ward, and exhaustion in the women’s game
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by Juliet Nottingham
2w ago
“I just feel re-energised,” Emma Hayes said after her first game in charge of the US Women’s National Team (USWNT). “You can see we’re building something.” And so Hayes begins the building blocks of a new project, breathing new life into the USWNT, an institution and nation iconic to the women’s game. A game that ..read more
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Fan Culture as Community in Caracas
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by Jordan Florit
1M ago
I’ve been a serial note-taker all my life. Doodling in the back pages of school exercise books, writing reminders in biro on my hands, and noting down quotes whenever they resonate or affect me profoundly. One of my old bosses was a walking rent-a-quote, a fountain of trivia, a jukebox of nostalgic anecdotes. He was ..read more
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Arsenal Women 2023-24: A WSL season review
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by Shane Thomas
1M ago
The Women’s Super League season usually ends with a number of goodbyes, but no season has arguably reached its climax with as many landmark conclusions as this one. The final day of the season featured farewells from Emma Hayes, Fran Kirby, Steph Houghton, and, most pertinently for this piece, Vivianne Miedema. Arsenal’s decision not to ..read more
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Ange Postecoglou and the Price of Dogma
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by Anshuman Joshi
1M ago
Over the past year, the footballing world has received a taste of Ange Postecoglou to the extent it never had before. He has been around for quite a while as a manager, but honestly, how many of us have actually been paying attention to the Scottish Premiership or the A League?. This is an era ..read more
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Manchester United 4-0 Tottenham: An Alternative Match Report
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by Shane Thomas
1M ago
Well, Tottenham can’t say they weren’t warned. Around three weeks ago, Ella Toone won a Women’s Super League game for Manchester United against Leicester, scoring a stunning goal from outside the box, picking out the top corner. I’ve long felt that Toone is a player that casual fans have a slightly false impression of, based ..read more
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Kickabouts in Cuba with Diego Maradona
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by Jordan Florit
2M ago
“I’ve always chafed at the comparisons between the two countries.” After four years of friendship that has impacted our lives in ways we couldn’t have predicted, Andy Cawthorne is ready to talk to me on record about Venezuela and Cuba. If there is anyone outside the professional political—and, of course, football—sphere qualified to comment, it’s ..read more
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Breaching the Golden Glass Ceiling: Arsenal and The Invincibles
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by Anushree Nande
2M ago
David Dein and Arsène Wenger first met during the 1988-89 season, a relationship embarked upon through “chance conversations and spontaneous invitations”, as detailed in Amy Lawrence’s fantastic Invincible: Inside Arsenal’s Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season. At the time, George Graham and his young Arsenal wizards were in a season that would explode on its last day, with ..read more
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Imagine Sisyphus Happy – Jurgen Klopp: Part-Manager, Part-Philosopher
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by Oana Serban
2M ago
As a woman and a professor of philosophy, I have seen football always very differently. I had poor knowledge of tactical systems, but I enjoyed from all my heart the great spectacle from the peach with emotion. If a Nobel winner, Camus, acknowledged that everything he knew about ethics was learned from football, why wouldn’t ..read more
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