Pride Comes Before A Fall B2

On Saturday 26th May 61,651 spectators flocked to Kieve to watch their heroes play in the final of the Champions League – Real Madrid v Liverpool. Have any of the footballers stopped to think of the pain that many of these fans suffered to get a plane ticket to witness 90 minutes of glory or…

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Faith and Football B2

How can football be related to faith?  We saw in a previous article that the Vatican has its own Clericus Cup, an annual tournament which is held every year during Lenten season.  Is that as far as we can go when we link football to faith? Indeed not.  The Vatican is not the only institution…

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Madcap Maddness in Montacargas B2

The mad, mad tea-party in the Sala Montacargas, Madrid, was the maddest event The Verb To Be of Football was ever at! Those who were unable to come missed such a lot of madness!  Everyone went mad when the book was presented.  And the public went even madder when two madmen, one dressed up as…

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Patrick O’Connell – Barça’s Patron Saint B2+

We do not associate Ireland with strong footballers let alone football personalites.  Yet, Ireland has produced a number of interesting characters, even though the sport was considered to be a “garrison game” during the British occupation. One such interesting character from the Irish football scene is Patrick O’Connell.  He was born in 1887 in Westmeath…

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Women Move Mountains for Equality B2+

Throughout history, women have had to climb metaphorical mountains, pushing boundaries in order to be granted all manner of rights. Basic, simple rights that should be enjoyed by everyone, men, women and children irrespective of creed or colour.  Thankfully, over the years women have been gaining ground in this battle for equality. Yet, for some…

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The Spanish Football Union and Saudia Arabia on Opportunities

Spain’s footballer union, (AFE) say a deal which has seen nine players from Saudia Arabia join Spanish clubs sacrifice “the essence of the sport”. Last week, six first and second division teams signed nine players on loan from teams in the Kingdom. “This new business model prioritises the economic aspect over the sporting one”, said…

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New Year’s Revolutions – Part 3

Three days after the first snow flakes began to fall, the three friends were to be seen still sitting in Primrose’s cottage. Pepe was sitting staring out of the window while Paco and Primrose were chatting enthusiastically together. Yesterday, Pepe had not been able to get very far when he tried to leave the house…

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New Year’s Revolutions Part 2

And the snow continued to fall and Pepe continued sitting in Primrose’s cosy cottage in front of a blazing fire. He had forgotten all about Madrid and Mr Macmoni. On his second day of absence from work, he was totally wrapped up in Primrose’s project. Primrose, on the other hand had been paying attention to…

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Primrose’s New Year’s Revolutions!

The Christmas holidays have just come to an end. The Kings have come and left their presents all around Spain. One of the presents they brought to Madrid was rain, but in other parts of the country they brought snow – lots and lots of snow. Many people had paid little attention to the weather…

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