A Plea to Parents

A number of years ago, kids kicked balls in the street to entertain themselves and for the sheer enjoyment of the game. Nobody bothered to stop to watch them or admire their style. Certainly not the parents as they were happy to have them out of the way. Now in this sophisticated age, things have…

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Pregnant and Playing

Once again in football, women are proving their worth, their strength and perhaps most important of all, their determination to play the beautiful game as beautifully as men and under any circumstances. Alex Morgan, co-captain of the US women’s national football team,is a true example of women’s strong will power. Despite frowns and foolish comments,…

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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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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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The Family From Foreign Parts – 2

Santa Claus has come and gone. So have the Kings, and so has the family from foreign parts in Grado del Pico. Like Santa and the Kings, the family from foreign parts dropped in for a short while and then departed. One frosty morning in late December, the inhabitants of the village discovered that there…

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What is Life Without Passion and Faith – and Football?

Asturian born Santiago Cazorla González, or simply Santi Cazorla is back.  He celebrated Christmas in a big way this year, on the pitch, bringing  joy to his fans. The reason for this joy is not only in the way the central midfielder plays with such freedom.  He possesses a natural ability to kick the ball…

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Happy Christmas 2018!

At Christmas, most people spend a lot of money, and time buying presents for those they love.  Perhaps they even over spend, but this is, as a rule, in the name of love. Football clubs do exactly the same thing in the winter transfer window.  Why do they not mind overspending?  Do they do it…

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The Very Basic Facts of Irish History

In this article we shall look at the basic facts of Irish history. The first farmers arrived in Ireland around 4000BC.  Now, how more basic can one get!  But don’t worry, even sticking to the basics, Irish history is a complicated story to retell. The Celts arrived 300BC.  They had a huge influence on Ireland….

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