The Story of the Family From Foreign Parts

Although there are only a handful of people living in Grado del Pico today, stories, tales, yarns and of course tittle-tattle can be heard, discussed and debated in whispered tones in the narrow, shadowy streets of the village. The latest chattter concerns a family from foreign parts. It all started one summer, when the family…

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#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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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 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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