Barça, What are you Doing to Football?

The parliament is a place to talk about politics. The stadium is a place to watch football. Yet this has not ocurred in Spanish politics regarding the Catalán conflict. The main problem is that neither the central government, nor the Catalán government have ever made a sincere effort to sit down and talk. Where talking…

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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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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 2

The rooster strutted towards the fence and began to eye Neri up and down. He was not too sure of what to make of this donkey. Of course, he had seen many of his kind before, but this one had a special air about him. There was not only a certain sense of determination that…

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British Football Fans Flood the Empty Spain!

Last Friday, 31st May, I decided to flee Madrid and go off to the España Vacia – the Empty Spain, as the uninhabitated areas of Spain are known. And Grado del Pico, my adopted village, certainly falls into that category as it has a population of twelve people registered on the census. The reason for…

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The Story of the Family From Foreign Parts

Although there are only a handful of people living in Grado del Pico today, stories, tales, yarns and of course tittle-tattle can be heard, discussed and debated in whispered tones in the narrow, shadowy streets of the village. The latest chattter concerns a family from foreign parts. It all started one summer, when the family…

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#Anyone But England

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is very far from being united.  Currently, it is politically divided over Brexit, but territorially divided over football.  ABE (Anyone but England) is on the lips and in the minds of many Scottish, Welsh, and to some extent Northern Irish people What is the root of…

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The Clericus Cup: Pope and Captain

The beautiful game is a universal language.  It is the topic of every conversation, whether it is about an upcoming match, the World Cup, or the scandals that sometimes overshadow football.  The sport can be linked to politics; simply mention Berlusconi and reams could be written on the subject, history; think back to British occupied…

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