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Foden and Maddison included in England Under-21 squad for Euros

Phil Foden and James Maddison have been selected for England Under-21s’ squad for Euro 2019. Manchester City star Foden and Leicester midfielder Maddison are joined by Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka for next month’s tournament in Italy and San Marino. Manager Aidy...

How Maurizio Sarri forged his philosophy during three entertaining Empoli years

Empoli avoided relegation from Serie B in rather fortuitous circumstances during the 2011/12 season. The Tuscan outfit found themselves in the pressurising palaver of the relegation playoff after finishing 18th. Dropping down to the third tier of Italian football...

The ghosts of Pripyat: how the Chernobyl disaster ended the progress of a promising...

On 26 April 1986, an incident occurred at a nuclear power plant near the little-known city of Pripyat in Ukraine that would result in global ramifications in the approach towards nuclear energy. During a routine safety test, a nuclear...

“Incremental change is not enough”: women’s football and the battle against the authorities

She can deftly flick the ball like Lionel Messi; she can astutely dribble past defenders like Messi; she even wears the number 10 jersey for Argentina, like Messi. But whatever you do, don’t call her Lionel Messi. “I really...

UEFA and their plans to run the world of football

Gianni Infantino’s unopposed re-election as the president of FIFA breezed by recently, an occurrence that passed with fewer eyebrows being raised than there were when social media footage emerged of him taking one of the poorest corner kicks you...

Portugal beat Holland 1-0 to win the inaugural Nations League title

Portugal recently became the first European country to host as well as win a major competition since France won the World Cup in 1998. The host country claimed their second major trophy in the last three years as they...

Ángel Di María: the rise, fall and rise of a divisive talent like few...

Most identify Ángel Di María as one of the few lucky people to have played with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Some point to his failings at Manchester United, others to his outstanding performance in the 2014 Champions...

My Side: how Howard Kendall’s Everton broke Liverpool’s stranglehold on the domestic game in...

Senior writer Paul Mc Parlan, who watched Everton all season, discusses how Howard Kendall’s Toffees progressed from being surprise FA Cup winners in 1984 to dominating the First Division, winning the Cup Winners’ Cup and narrowly missing out on...

Paddy McNair’s parents a lucky charm as he scores first international goal

Paddy McNair plans on inviting his parents on more Northern Ireland trips after giving his mother an early birthday present with his first international goal on Tuesday night. Claire and Alan had made the trip to Borisov to watch their...

The story of how the world’s oldest football stand was destroyed by a local...

When I was younger, I always looked out for the “Welcome to X, Please Drive Slowly” signs. I found them mesmerising; not because I enjoyed knowing where I was as we crossed town borders and city lines in my...

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Goalkeeper Liam Kelly to leave Livingston after invoking release clause

Goalkeeper Liam Kelly has invoked a release clause which will see him leave Livingston. Kelly is midway through a two-year contract but is free to...

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