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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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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One Footballer More, One Killer Less

The City of Victoria in Mexico is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. To counteract violence, FC Correcaminos, a second division club, launched a project in July 2018 called Ambassadors for Peace. It was created to keep children and adults away from violence and its premise is one footballer more, one killer less….

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Hakuna Matata

Kenya, with a population of over 43 million, is in the continent of Africa. It lies on the equator. This means it has a stable climate, although temperatures vary according to altitude and terrain. For example, the tropical coast has an average temperture of  between 27 and 31ºC, while other areas have an average temperature…

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Our Goals Are Out There

The day I met Florentino Perez, the President of Real Madrid FC, was a very special one for me and for those present.  I truly did not know who I was actually going to meet.  And then, there he was, all smiles and hand shakes for all. For such a busy man, he had time…

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Footballers Have it Hard At Christmas

Footballers seem to lead fine lives.  They earn a lot of money, have big fancy houses and go to big fancy parties. But it is not like that all the time.  When their fans and families are enjoying Christmas, they are outside on freezing cold pitches working for their hard earned money! Footballers are not…

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Vallecas Book Fair A1

It was a bright, sunny evening when I went down to Libreria Muga’s lovely little wooden book stall at the book fair in the Boulevard in Vallecas to sign The Verb To Be of Football.  To my pleasant surprise, patiently waiting for me was one of my students, Joana, and her sweet mum.  It was…

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Grado del Pico, Segovia

This is where Paco lives, and Primrose’s adopted village.  It is on the limits of Segovia, Soria and Guadalajara, and it forms part of the Buried Spain.  In fact, as it is so small, we can call it a HAMLET – just like Shakespeare’s HAMLET! The total number of people living in the hamlet is…

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Neri The Peace Loving Donkey

This is a photograph of Neri, Paco’s donkey with his “Being Football” scarf on.  He is very proud of it as the colours mean alot to him. However, Neri is not too happy in the photo, as one of the world’s most famous and loved football club’s fans did not behave very well at a…

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