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Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand, Battle of Ideas

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand

The least troubling aspect of the John Terry case for me is the revelation that footballers shout offensive and unpleasant obscenities at rivals in the heat of a football game. Even those of us who cannot lip read surely did not think they were saying ‘please pass me the ball’

By | Battle of Ideas, Football, Sport | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:00 am

Matthias Sammer making waves as Director of Sport at FC Bayern, Football

Matthias Sammer making waves as Director of Sport at FC Bayern

One of the main orchestrators behind the recent resurrection and makeover of the German national team, Sammer has taken over from Christian Nerlinger.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 16 July 2012 at 12:08 pm

Will Clarence Seedorf’s arrival see Brazil’s Serie A rival La Liga and the Premier League?, Football

Will Clarence Seedorf’s arrival see Brazil’s Serie A rival La Liga and the Premier League?

The signing of Seedorf, a bona fide member of the footballing aristocracy, turned normally sober journalists as giddy as schoolgirls.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 13 July 2012 at 1:59 pm

Old master Juan Román Riquelme is finished with the blue and yellow of Boca Juniors, Football

Old master Juan Román Riquelme is finished with the blue and yellow of Boca Juniors

The No.10 in Argentine football is almost as important a part of the national identity as the old clichés of steak or tango and in recent years, as far as a large section of the country is concerned, there has been only one – Juan Román Riquelme.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 9 July 2012 at 4:27 pm

Amidst the sound and fury of Brazilian football, Corinthians lift first Copa Libertadores, Football

Amidst the sound and fury of Brazilian football, Corinthians lift first Copa Libertadores

The side is built around organisation and rigor. Zagueiros Chicão and Roma-bound Leandro Castan provide a sturdy, often impenetrable base, ably supported by full backs Alessandro and Fabio Santos.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:48 pm

The clinical, efficient and unshakeable Germany were fragile, Football

The clinical, efficient and unshakeable Germany were fragile

This is Germany. Solid, steady Germany. The team who was set to end the reign of Spain as they built methodically on the foundations laid over the the last three major tournaments.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 3:18 pm

History is bunk in the Libertadores final first leg, Football

History is bunk in the Libertadores final first leg

If the tango has ever been danced in Palestina, São Paulo, no one can remember when. Last night, however, the town’s newest favourite son did his bit for Paulista-Porteño relations.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 5:52 pm

Miroslav Klose: ‘I’m not saying Italians are lazy – they always mean to give their all’, Football

Miroslav Klose: ‘I’m not saying Italians are lazy – they always mean to give their all’

Where once there was a host of German superstars gracing the stadiums of Serie A, Klose, who scored 16 goals for Lazio last season, including a 93rd minute winner in the Rome derby, is now the sole representative of the Nationalelf in Italian club football.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 2:01 am

If in doubt, GET IT OUT! The English culture of pressure play, Football

If in doubt, GET IT OUT! The English culture of pressure play

“If in doubt, GET IT OUT!”

This is the catchphrase that constantly rang in my ears and haunted my thoughts as a young lad playing Sunday-league football in the late eighties and early nineties.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 28 June 2012 at 2:00 am

David Trezeguet’s return to River Plate ranks as the greatest comeback in a season full of them, Football

David Trezeguet’s return to River Plate ranks as the greatest comeback in a season full of them

It has been a season of ageing stars showing the world that they are not quite finished.

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 27 June 2012 at 1:58 pm

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