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They went to a match and never came back (Part Fifteen)

Continuing the series that looks at those thankfully rare times in football history when fans went to a football match but never made it home afterwards. (For Part One click here; Part Two here; Part Three here; Part Four here; Part Five here; Part Six here; Part Seven here;  Part Eight here; Part Nine here; Part Ten here, Part Eleven ...

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Portugal or Italy: Who would advance to 2022 World Cup

When Portugal and Italy were drawn in the same section pf the European play-offs, it confirmed the fears of fans of both countries, and also some neutrals. At least one of them will not appear in the World Cup finals this year. The European play-offs, which feature the ten teams that finished second in their qualifying groups, plus Austria and ...

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The Dirtiest Matches of All Time (Part Eight)

Continuing the series looking at some of the dirtiest matches of all time. (For Part One please click here; Part Two here; Part Three here; Part Four here; Part Five here; Part Six here; and Part Seven here). The Battle of Nuremberg Although the Dutch have the reputation for playing beautiful football, they are not afraid to show the other ...

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The Dirtiest Matches of All Time (Part Two)

Continuing the series which looks at some of the most dirty and violent games of g\football ever seen. (For Part One please click here) The Battle of Santiago 1962 Chile were the hosts for the 1962 World Cup, and they were drawn in the same group as Italy. Before the meeting of the two sides on 2nd June, tensions between ...

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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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