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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History and Hatred On the Pitch Part 1

History and hatred swamp and stink Northern Irish football. The sport has long been more than a leisure activity. It has been and still is a symbol of religious culture and political allegiance in the province’s divided society. The modern game bears the scars of the distant and near past. In Ireland, both north and…

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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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Basketball Before Football; Santa Before the Kings!

There is a football pitch of some description in Grado del Pico. There is even a paddel court. Yet, neither of these sports was played in the village well over sixty years ago. To the surprise of many, basketball was what the few youngsters in the village played then. How did that sport, incidentally invented…

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Azeri Football – A history full of Flame and Fire

Football reached Azerbaijan at the beginning of the twentieth century when the oil industry began to flourish and many football loving foreigners settled in Baku, the country’s capital.  Since its very beginnings, Azeri football has beeen through flame and fire! In 1905 the first clubs bearing such names as Circle of football players of Surakhany, Friends…

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The Third Conditional

This is certainly the most difficult conditional to use due to its complicated structure.  The third conditional is formed using if plus the past perfect, plus would, plus the present perfect.  This conditional expresses the way we imagine things might have been in the past.  If something had been different, something else would have happened as we can see in the following…

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The Zero Conditional

The zero conditional is very simple to use and understand.  It is used when the result of the action always happens. It is formed with if and the present simple.  E.g.  When I eat peanuts I come out in a rash.  This is a general truth, it is not a possibility.  The if can usually be replaced by…

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