A Good Start for Women in Football

It is now the middle of September. People have returned from their holidays and the students and pupils are back at university and school. Perhaps, even more important for many people is the fact that the football season is well underway. This year it got off to a good start for women as we saw…

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The Story of the Fight for the Little Virgin

This true story happened some time in the last century.  However, it did not take place in Grado del Pico. But the villagers know about it and talk about it in hushed voices. Even though those who whisper about it do not live in either village concerned, they do know the names of the men…

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Grado del Pico – Segovia

Grado del Pico, where the book The Verb To Be of Football is set lies between the hills of the Sierra de Ayllón and the hills of the Sierra de Pela between the Central System and the Iberic System.  It is the last village in Segovia bordering on the provinces of Guadalajara and Soria. This…

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A Romanesque Jewel Sitting in Silence

Grado del Pico may be a small, extremely remote and very much underpopulated village nestling in La Sierra de Ayllón, but it boasts, according to the villagers, thee oldest Romanesque church in Segovia. A visit to San Pablo – Saint Paul – in this lonely village, is a trip into silence. Unfortunately, not much of…

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Lessons To Learn from The Women’s World Cup

From 7th June to the 7th July, 24 inspiring teams brought skill, character, passion and equally important, visibility, to female football in the 2019 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Once more, the Stars and Stripes came out on top. It was not easy for them, though there were moments when the EU gave…

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Once Upon a Time – A True Story Part 4

Day after day, Neri would play his solitaire football while the rooster and the hens looked on in amazement. This donkey could do all sorts of tricks with the ball. He could head it, nuzzle it and even kick it with his hind legs. The rooster got a great thrilll from watching that and would…

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F = Florentino, Female Football, Financial

Real Madrid are not only the last giant European team to launch a female football team, but they are also the very last in La Liga to do so. Following the enormous success of its traditional rival teams, Atletico de Madrid and Barcelona, the former winning the league and the latter reaching the finals of…

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Spanish Squad Wins When Losing

Spain is undoubtedly a reference in men’s football. Yes, these days we now have to put the gender before the sport as women’s football is slowly but surely stealing the limelight from the burly, brawny males. And Jorge Vilda’s squad, despite its defeat on Monday last against the three time world champions United States, won…

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A Once Upon a Time True Story -Part 3

And so Neri was left to wander up and down his field once again. The only company he had was that of the birds flying in the sky. At that very moment, the sun hid behind a cloud and all seemed more dreary than usual. He sadly trotted to the other extreme of his domain…

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Female Football – Neither Unladylike nor Unnatural

Women and football. What did men have against them? Why did the FA ban the sport for women in 1921? It is true that after World War 1, women’s football became as popular as men’s, but is that a justification for outlawing it? Did those in the FA not know that in eighteenth century Inverness,…

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