The Champions of Christian Values

Once again the Clericus Cup has come around. It kicked off on the 30th March falling in Lent as is the tradition. This year, 16 teams with a total of 359 players from 67 nationalities are participating in this life experience for priests. The long awaited moment finallly arrived  when the cleric hung up their…

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Silent Heroes of Football – Part 3

Saturnino Navazo, along with eighty thousand other POWs survived the harsh and brutal treatment thrashed out by the SS. Despite the callousness of the guards, there seemed to be some sort of soft spot in those hardened hearts. And that soft spot was for football and moreover for the Spanish midfielder’s dexterity and deftness ….

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Silent Heroes of Football – Part 2

Saturnino Navazo’s boots took him across the Pyrenees to Toulouse, France, to seek exile. Unfortunately, he went from the frying pan into the fire! escaping the horrors of one war to end up enrolling in the French Armada to fight the Nazis. In 1940, he was captured and taken to the most notorious of all…

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Money Makes the Ball Go Round!

Once again, women’s football hit the headlines world wide on Sunday, 17th March.  Once again, it was in Spain, where the Wanda Metropolitano welcomed 60.739 spectators to the match between Atlético and Barça. The attedance was higher than that recorded almost a century ago when 53,000 spectators turned out for the encounter between Kick Kerr’s…

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Silent Heroes of Football – Part 1

Football can lead us to discover many surprising facts and figures.  We all know about the British and the German soldiers playing football at Christmas during the First World War.  But how many of us know about Saturnino Navazo, a footballer all the way to the core? This admirable man was born in the province…

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Who Said Women’s Football does not Involve Women or Football?

Who ever pronounced that degrading statement women’s football does not involve women or football? With the International Women’s Day just a few days away, women are making the headlines and making headway in more ways than one, and those who hold the deplorable opinion above are going to be bowing their heads in shame. In the…

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The VAR Should Be Barred

The VAR has come, and it is here to stay despite the fact that many critics say that it undermines the official referees’ capacity to take instant decisions. They even say it has disallowed goals which should have been on the score board. They say, the VAR does not get anything right! During the 2018…

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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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