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The Basque derby: A history of Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad’s intense rivalry

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Since the late 1920s, two clubs have been fighting for bragging rights as the best team in the Basque country. Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad have played one another on over 150 occasions, with...

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An Underdog’s Triumph: Fabulous FC Crotone promotion highlights Italy’s north-south divide

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by Franco Ficetola With their late-April draw against Modena, FC Crotone mathematically gained their first-ever promotion to Serie A. Davide Luppi'shistoric goal for the club succeeded in...

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What If? An Exploration of Kobe Bryant’s Soccer Roots

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Despite a lackluster 17-65 farewell season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant caps off a stunning NBA careerwith authority on Wednesday April 14th. In front of a sold-out Staple Center crowd against the Utah Jazz, the Black Mamba ended the 1,346th and final game of his 20 year career with 60 points.

Arsenal vs Tottenham: 10 Classic North London Derbies

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The north London derby. A simple utterance of the historic fixture is usually enough to get the blood boiling for fans of Arsenal and Tottenham. A mention of the opposing team serves as a reminder of...

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Pele, Charles and 1958: When Wales took on the World

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Wales clinched their first ever European Championship qualification despite defeat in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with results elsewhere conspiring to seal their place. Amid wild and triumphant scenes both...

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Postcards from Yesteryear: Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic, Euro 2004

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Qualification for next summer's European Championships is hanging by a thread for the Dutch after what has been a tumultuous and troubling campaign. If they are even to make it to the play-offs, a...

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Postcards From Yesteryear: Everton 2-0 Liverpool, October 2010 – Everton’s last Merseyside Derby win

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by Aidan Williams It was only five short years ago, but it now seems worlds away. It was a time when Liverpool, struggling through the twin hindrances of an ownership battle being played out rather...

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Postcards From Yesteryear: France 2-1 Portugal, Euro 2000 – Zinedine Zidane (Or How To Keep Calm In The Eye Of A Storm)

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by Aidan Williams After the chaosof the preceding few minutes had died down, after the raging arguments had momentarily subsided and the furious protests werefinally waved away, one man stood alone...

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Scholes, Gascoigne, Cunningham… The Top 10 Most Naturally Gifted English Footballers In Modern History

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“I have to admit, Spurs were on fire.” Reliving Spurs vs Arsenal, the first ever Wembley FA Cup semi-final

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Inter Milan in the Europa League: A Proud History Revisited As They Seek Inspiration Against Wolfsburg

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The UEFA Champions League – Must See TV

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Inspired by the pair of UEFA Champions league matches that I watched yesterday afternoon (for anyone following, Barcelona beatMan City 2-1, and Juventus beat Dortmund 2-1), I decided to do a little more research into what is my opinion, one of the best annual sporting tournaments in the world.

The UEFA Champions League is an annual tournament in which top-flight clubs from various European leagues square off to be crowned Champion of European Football.

Trophies, Tears, Maradona: When Udo Lattek went to Barcelona

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Fights, football, tragedy: Celtic vs Rangers – 10 defining moments in Old Firm derby history

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The Front Row

The Front Row: The last, best chance

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Steveexamines another "lost league," the United Soccer League of 1984-85, pro soccer's last gasp before the arrival of MLS, in the latest episode of the pod.

The Front Row: Why history matters

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In the debut episode of The Front Page podcast, Steve Holroyd discusses why soccer history matters.

FIFA

Analytics in Soccer

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Right now, there is a trend developing in sports. It started in baseball, then made it's way to basketball, and has slowly integrated itself into football. Now, it is making it's way to soccer. What trend is this? Why, sports analytics of course! What people don't know, is that analytics have been a part of.

Is Hosting the World Cup Worth it?

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Have you ever wondered why the bidding process for hosting the World Cup is so competitive and intense? FIFA has a pretty sophisticated process for compiling bids and ultimately deciding on a destination. The process begins with a simple request form that is sent out, and made available to every member association (MA).

¿Fue legal el gol más rápido de la historia?

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Vuk Bakic, delantero serbio del GSP Polet, anotó este gol en el saque inicial del partido que su equipo ganó 4-1 en septiembre de 2012. Fue, casi literalmente, como si su equipo comenzara el partido con el marcador a favor.

Ahora bien, el gol suscitóuna gran polémica puesto que habría dos factores que no harían legal al que puede ser considerado como "el gol más rápido de la historia".

Ballon d’Or: Why it should have been Neuer

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This past Monday would have been a great day to make history. Instead, January 12, 2015 will be remembered as the day where soccer players, coaches and sports experts from all over the world collaboratively could have made history but unfortunately refused to do so. Of course I'm referring to Cristiano Ronaldo being awarded the 2014 Ballon d'Or, arguably the most prestigious honor an individual player can receive.

Social Issues

Obstáculos a jugar fútbol feminino por las “Dick Kerr Ladies”

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Un obstáculo notable que retardó la propagación del fútbol femenino fue la teoría que "a strenuous game, especially during puberty and menstrual periods, would ... damage their bodies and seriously affect their fertility" (Newsham 32). Por eso, muchos hombres les impiden a sus maridas de jugar deportes.

Book Review: “Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” by Joshua Nadel

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To think of football as just as a game is to ignore not only its relationship to national identities, but also its instrumental role in forging these identities. In his book Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America, Joshua Nadel sheds valuable light on this role by examining the impact of football in Argentina, Honduras,.

El fútbol y las mujeres

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El fútbol femenino es un universo fascinante pero que ha recibido muy poca atención por parte de la prensa deportiva, los estudios históricos e incluso artes como la literatura y el cine. Uno de los pocos textosque tiene al fútbol femenino como tópico central es el libro de Gail J. Newsham,In a League of Their.

El estadio, el templo

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En 2012, fui a mi primer partido de fútbol a mirar los Red Bulls de Nueva York versus los Tottenham Hotspurs. Era el tercer verano Thierry Henry, un jugador francés muy famosa, jugó por los Red Bulls. Senté en la sección de los hinchas de los Red Bulls e inmediatamente cuando los jugadores entraban el estadio, los hinchas se volvieron locos.

Major League Soccer

Warum sagen wir Soccer?

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Jeder weißt, dass amerikanische Fußball und Europäische Fußball nicht gleich sind. Eigentlich würde niemand „Europäische Fußball" sagen, weil das Sport nur „Fußball" genannt wird. Für einen unbekannten Grund, amerikanische Leute wollte ihren eigenen Sport mit dem gleichen Namen haben. Diese Entscheidung macht es sehr schwer für amerikanische Jugendliche über Fußball zu diskutieren, besonders in ihrer.

New York Red Bulls: A new season, a new method for one of MLS’ most futile franchises

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Real Madrid

El fútbol como visión del mundo y ritual

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El artículo de Christian Bromberger "Football as World-View and as Ritual" resalta algunos aspectos que hacen al denominado "deporte rey" único pero a la vez universal. Según el antropólogo francés, el fútbol es un deporte que refleja la tensión entre tres aspectos (o "valores") que dan forma a nuestras vidas diarias y a la manera en que alcanzamos la felicidad: nuestros méritos individuales, el rol de lo colectivo y el papel que tiene la Fortuna.

How Many Advertisements is Enough?

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I would say one of the hardest things to do today is to watch a game of soccer where one team'sjerseyis completely free ofadvertisements. No matter what club one cheers for: whether its Samsung for Chelsea, Fly Emirates for Arsenal, Real Madrid & AC Milan, Jeep for Juventus or even EasyJet for Luton F.

Manchester City

This designer has come up with ‘American-style logos’ for all 20 Serie A clubs

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Every soccer crest embodies a team's history, part of the reason why redesigns, like the one Manchester City recently undertook, become such noteworthy changes. The balance between old and new, or the choice to go in a completely different direction, can be captured by a few new artistic choices, for better or worse.

This designer has come up with ‘American-style logos’ for all 20 Serie A clubs

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Every soccer crest embodies a team's history, part of the reason why redesigns, like the one Manchester City recently undertook, become such noteworthy changes. The balance between old and new, or the choice to go in a completely different direction, can be captured by a few new artistic choices, for better or worse.

The Rest

Football's Oldest Derby

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Football's oldest derby takes place this Sunday, 30th July 2017, for the 157th year.




The World's oldest football derby will once again take place on Sunday 30th July as Sheffield FC face Hallam FC. Now in its 157th year, the derby was first played on Boxing Day 1860 under the original "gentleman's rules" and is a celebration of football's true and original values of Integrity, Respect & Community.

Rafa Benitez Tweets – The Pride Of The Geordies

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The news today is that Rafa Benitez took in some of the famous landmarks of Newcastle yesterday along with fitness coach Francisco de Miguel Moreno and two of his first team coaches, Mikel Antia and Antonio Gomez Perez. The reports are that Rafa was keen to learn about Newcastle's long history and he did take [.

Atmatzidis

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I have these two books at home filled with AEK stats from every season from 1924 until some time in the 1990s, I believe around 1995. I've been thinking about referencing them this summer and doing some posts about previous players we had back in the day, players who often tend to go overlooked despite having made some immense contributions to AEK when they were playing.

The Beauty of the Underdog

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I can't say that I have been a soccer fan for long. Growing up in Texas, most of my childhood was focused on football, basketball, and baseball. As a result, those were my favorite sports, both to watch and play. Throughout my childhood, I realized that there are teams that seemed like everyone disliked.

History of the Ball

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According to official FIFA regulations, a soccer ball must be spherical, made of leather or another suitable material, the circumference must be between 68 and 70cm, the weight must be between 410 and 450g, and the internal pressure must be between .6 and 1.1 atmospheres.Within these regulations, however, there can be a lot of variation.

Identity through Sport: The Story of Athletic de Bilbao

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The Spanish Constitution recognizes three historic nationalities: Basque, Catalan, and Galician[1]. The Basque region is an autonomous community located in the north of Spain and the south of France. They have been a community pushing for complete anonymity since the 1930s[2]. The Basques are a proud people with a culture, a language, and a football.

Le Deuxième Sexe: Les Femmes de la Rivalité France-Algérie

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Nous connaissons tous la gloire 1998 dans la Coupe de Monde de la France sur son propre sol. Dirigé parZinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry et Lilian Thuram, l'équipe a marqué une victoire pour le monde francophone, en plus de la France continentale. Zidane et ses fortes connexions vers l'Algérie, compte tenu de l'histoire, a joué un.

Arsenal v Sunderland – Wenger wants to make history!

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No team has won the FA Cup three times in a row since Blackburn in 1878, so it would be an incredible achievement for Arsene Wenger to guide Arsenal to this historic treble. Having already announced that he won't be playing his reserves, he is adamant that this is a big target for the Gunners [...]

Man United vs Yeovil Town: Down memory lane.

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Yeovil Town will host their glamour tie against the mighty Manchester United, in the 3rd round of the oldest cup competition in world football, on Sunday 4th January 2015. What a tie this will be, as...

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New Year’s Day soccer in Philly, 1915

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There were many noteworthy games over the New Year's Day holiday one hundred years ago in Philadelphia.