#Anyone But England

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is very far from being united.  Currently, it is politically divided over Brexit, but territorially divided over football.  ABE (Anyone but England) is on the lips and in the minds of many Scottish, Welsh, and to some extent Northern Irish people What is the root of…

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Crazy For Football – Nothing Crazy About It! C1

The word crazy can be associated with football in more ways than one.  We can use it in the sense that people are mad or fanatic about the sport.  In the United States, however, there has been serious campaigning against the use of this word as it is interpreted as trivialising the mental condition that…

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The Clericus Cup: Pope and Captain

The beautiful game is a universal language.  It is the topic of every conversation, whether it is about an upcoming match, the World Cup, or the scandals that sometimes overshadow football.  The sport can be linked to politics; simply mention Berlusconi and reams could be written on the subject, history; think back to British occupied…

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The Millionaire’s Union

One Friday in November, 1977 ex-footballer Manolo Esteo had an unexpected encounter. He had once been goalkeeper for Atlético Madrid. It didn’t work out and at that time he was employed as an executive in the AIG group. At the end of the evening of that particular Friday, he ended up in a disco in…

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The Complete Football Vocabulary

With the World Cup just around the corner, Primrose and her friends Paco and Pepe from The Verb To Be of Football have put their heads together and come up with this long list of football terms as a special Christmas present for all the fans around the worlds.  So, get on the ball and…

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Football Feels Fab at Christmas

With Christmas literally just around the corner, many people are scratching their heads as they wonder what presents to buy for their families. This seasonal task is made easier for football fans, especially in Britain. No head scratching is required when it comes to buying a ticket to a football match on Boxing Day. This…

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The Best Winners Are Those Who Know How To Lose

Why is it when it comes to award giving there are always discrepancies? In the case of the Golden Boot and more recently the Golden Ball this has been the case. How fair is the criterion that is used for deciding on the winner? Football is considered to be one of thee most lucrative sports…

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The Battle of Belfast 1958

There were no bizare circumstances leading up to Italy’s elimination from the World Cup against Sweden on the 14th November.  The last time this happened to them was in Windsor Park, Belfast in1958. The story is as follows: Italy started off playing well, beating Northern Ireland in Rome 1-0.  However, the situation began to change…

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What If Italy Get That Free Pass…..?

C1 Level   For the first time since 1958, four-time champions Italy will not be in the World Cup.  Carlo Tavecchio, the president of the Italian Football Federation, said, “Failing to qualify would be like the Apocalypse.”   On November the 20th, the Azzuri did fail to qualify when they lost to Sweden in a play-off…

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