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Penalties – the ultimate tournament shoot-out (Part Two)

Continuing a look back at major international tournaments where the fianl was decided by a penalty shoot-out. For the first part, please click here. 2004 Copa América Brazil Argentina This weekend’s final of the Copa América between Brazil and Argentina is just the latest episode in the longest and fiercest rivalries in South American football. In 2004, when the tournament ...

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Penalties – the ultimate tournament shoot-out (Part One)

This Sunday, the finals of two international football; tournaments will take place. England will play Italy in the finals of the Euros at Wembley Stadium in London, whilst 6,000 miles away, Brazil will play Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. They both promise to be close matches, and fine margins may decide the outcome on the day. ...

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The Battle of Santiago

The most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football, possibly in the history of the game”. Those were the words used by British commentator David Coleman to describe the group game between the hosts Chile and Italy in the 1962 World Cup. It has become known simply as the “Battle of Santiago”. Chile had been awarded the World Cup ...

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Arsène Wenger linked with Qatar job

  Former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has been linked with the post of national team manager for Qatar. That is according to France Football who report that the hosts of the 2022 World Cup would like the 69-year old Frenchman to take over and lead them into the tournament which will be held on home soil in three years time. ...

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The curious case of three Dutch legends who won little

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The first came out of retirement to play for one last time. The second has made it clear he would retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. The third announced he had retired from professional football with immediate effect. The simultaneous retirement of these three high profile players is not just a mere coincidence. It happens to be one ...

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Gareth Southgate to sign new England deal

Gareth Southgate is likely to sign in the next few days a new 4-year deal which will see him continue to manage England until 2022, with confirmation expected before he names his next international squad for the upcoming Nation’s League matches with Spain and Croatia on Thursday. Southgate was appointed interim manager 2 years ago after Sam Allardyce was sacked ...

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Former Tottenham star cleared of perjury

He may have been voted men’s player of the year at the FIFA awafds last month, but Croatian captain Luke Modric is not held in universal esteem in his homeland. In fact there was a real danger that he could be jailed for perjury, following the accusation that he had given false testimony last year in the trial of former ...

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Top 10 places that produce the most World Cup players for England

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It’s no secret that England have a chequered past when it comes to world cup performance. In recent world cups the expectations placed on England’s performance has rarely been delivered, and that’s no surprise, while England haven’t got as far through the competition as they statistically should, winning the world cup is a monstrous achievement that requires everything to fall ...

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England’s chances of winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Logo by Unknown CC BY After the disappointment at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, many England fans will be looking forward to this summer’s World Cup Finals in Russia with some amount trepidation, if not outright dread. Losses against Italy and Uruguay and a draw against Costa Rica left the Three Lions floundering at the bottom of Group D ...

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