Reinventing Refereeing Part 1

The contentious Ajax goal disallowed in Wednesday’s match against Real Madrid in the knockout stage of the Champions, is just one of the reasons why so many fans are against the VAR – Video Assisted Referee. What led to the introduction of this sophisticated piece of technology when soccer has always been very conservative in…

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The Family From Foreign Parts – 3

The days and nights in January in Grado del Pico are cold and bitter. The low temperatures have no mercy on man or beast. And indeed, the elements did not have clemence on the mares that had once belonged to the family from foreign parts. They continued to wander from one frozen field to another…

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Women’s Soccer Finally Win

Something is happening in women’s soccer. And it is happening in Spain, a country the world looks to when talking about the sport. On Wednesday of this week, the San Memes Stadium in Bilbao saw 48,121 fans watch Athletic Bilbao play against Athletico Madrid. The two teams were competing to get through to the semi-…

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Hakuna Matata

Kenya, with a population of over 43 million, is in the continent of Africa. It lies on the equator. This means it has a stable climate, although temperatures vary according to altitude and terrain. For example, the tropical coast has an average temperture of  between 27 and 31ºC, while other areas have an average temperature…

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Our Goals Are Out There

The day I met Florentino Perez, the President of Real Madrid FC, was a very special one for me and for those present.  I truly did not know who I was actually going to meet.  And then, there he was, all smiles and hand shakes for all. For such a busy man, he had time…

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Football In Its Purest Form

Football is passion which is something we think that people suffering from Alzheimer do not have. Yet, the initative started by the Spanish magazine, Libero, hand in hand with the Universidad Autonma de Barcelona, is revealing interesting results. Research has found that looking at old photographs of football matches, listening to past radio broadcasts or…

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History and Hatred On the Pitch Part 3

Memories were certainly burnt deep into the fabrics of the Northern Irish people and it was not surprising that Boxing Day of 1948 saw violence coming to a head once again. This time at Linfield’s Windsor Park Stadium when fans were enraged at Belfast Celtic being given a penalty with Linfield winning 1-0. The pitch…

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History and Hatred On the Pitch Part2

Football was brought to Northern Ireland in 1879.  A number of months later, the Catholic Cliftonville FC was founded and a year later the IFA (the Irish Football Association) was formed. It was not till 1886 that Cliftonville’s rival team, Linfield made their first appearance on the pitch. Incidentally, the founding of Linfield FC by…

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History and Hatred On the Pitch Part 1

History and hatred swamp and stink Northern Irish football. The sport has long been more than a leisure activity. It has been and still is a symbol of religious culture and political allegiance in the province’s divided society. The modern game bears the scars of the distant and near past. In Ireland, both north and…

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