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The tale of the masseur and the goal-line clearance in Brazil – ‘I did it because of my love for the club’

While the back four of the Seleção has looked settled in recent months, competition for the incumbents may have emerged in the shape of a surprising late challenger.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 at 4:28 pm

The Football Lawyer: What would the true cost of moving the 2022 World Cup to winter be?, Football

The Football Lawyer: What would the true cost of moving the 2022 World Cup to winter be?

Sponsors and rival tournaments could be in line for compensation, while holding the Qatar tournament in the summer poses other costly problems.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 29 August 2013 at 12:29 pm

Premier League shirt sponsors pour record £166m into top-flight bank accounts – with Arsenal seeing the biggest rise, Football

Premier League shirt sponsors pour record £166m into top-flight bank accounts – with Arsenal seeing the biggest rise

The combined shirt sponsorship income of the Premier League’s 20 clubs has again defied the recession by rising £18.65m year-on-year to a record £165.75m this season – with big winners but some fallers among the new deals.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 26 August 2013 at 1:51 pm

Cup more than half full for Brazilian football minnows, Football

Cup more than half full for Brazilian football minnows

To begin, a health warning. Regular readers of this column, if such things exist, should make a mug of strong, sweet tea and find a sturdy armchair in which to settle.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 23 August 2013 at 4:39 pm

More Wacky Races than Formula One as season heats up in Brazil, Football

More Wacky Races than Formula One as season heats up in Brazil

With painful slowness, the Brasileirão season has finally worked its way clear of Confederations Cup snarl-ups and Libertadores bottlenecks and hit the open road that will carry it through to December’s finishing line.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 6:37 pm

Paul Tierney and other sport-inspired songs, Football

Paul Tierney and other sport-inspired songs

After The Ballad of Paul Tierney, more sport-inspired songs.

By | Football, Sport | Tuesday, 13 August 2013 at 2:00 am

The Ballad Of Paul Tierney, Football

The Ballad Of Paul Tierney

Poignant tribute song reminds us of the beautiful game’s fickle nature… and puts superstar tantrums into perspective.

By | Football, Olympics, Sport | Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 5:00 am

Home town heroes: Atletico Mineiro v Olimpia, Copa Libertadores final second-leg preview, Football

Home town heroes: Atletico Mineiro v Olimpia, Copa Libertadores final second-leg preview

A tough task lies ahead for Atlético after a 2-0 first-leg defeat, but not an impossible one.

By | Football, Sport | Wednesday, 24 July 2013 at 6:00 am

How Zinedine Zidane is aiming to propel his local side up the French football leagues, Football

How Zinedine Zidane is aiming to propel his local side up the French football leagues

One of the greatest footballers of his generation finds himself trying to save a fourth division football team from percolating in the depths of the French league ladder. Matthew Riding reports from Rodez on former French captain Zinedine Zidane’s plans to propel his wife’s football team, Le RAF, back up the football league.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 3:34 pm

Lost in translation – Why sensationalist journalism over referee beheading does Brazil a disservice, Football

Lost in translation – Why sensationalist journalism over referee beheading does Brazil a disservice

Reporting of events in the run-up to the World Cup have not helped the situation in Brazil.

By | Football, Sport, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 1:37 pm

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