How the Beautiful Game is Making the World More Beautiful

Streetfootballworld is a unique global organisation that want to change the world. What is more, this organisation has set a deadline by which to achieve their goals. Their deadline is 2030. Streetfootbalworld was founded in 2002 by Jürgen Griesbeck, also founder of Fútbol por la Paz. This organisation is strongly driven by the conviction that…

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Shame on That Male-Dominated Football World

Female footballers have been fighting against discrimination and inequality for over one hundred years. Is this fight finally over, or on the other hand, has it just started? It is ironic to think that before and during World War 1, women’s football flourished in England. Their matches raised funds for the injured soldiers and their…

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The Unseen Goals

When a footballer scores a goal, the fans cheer and clap. But what do they do when a player is injured? And what is the first question that players, themselves ask, and those surrounding them, when this happens? Does it have to do with their health or does it have to do with finance? Most…

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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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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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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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A Once Upon a Time True Story

This is the strange but true story about a cock, a donkey and a football. What could the three possibly have in common? Read on and you will soon surprise yourself at the connection. As most entertaining stories start, so does this one with, once upon a time in Grado del Pico, there was a…

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Women Are On The Ball

When I wrote the first draft of my book, The Verb To Be of Football and included an article using the going to tense relating to women in the future making their mark in football, I was laughed at and scorned by a number of males. However, five years on women’s football are never out…

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