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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...

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...

Remembering ten players who lasted a matter of weeks at their new clubs

Summer’s here and the transfer rumour merry-go-round is well and truly underway. We all know about the world’s most expensive players, the best bargain deals and the worst moves ever – but what about swaps that were so short-lived...

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...

“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...

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...

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...

Inside Coverciano, the thinkers’ factory producing world-class coaches

On the outskirts of Florence, near the foot of the beautiful Fiesole hills, there is a regular assembly of several aspiring minds. Every year, these aspiring coaches get together at the Centro Tecnico Federale di Coverciano in the hope...

Mauricio Pochettino, energia universal and why Tottenham are in the Champions League final

Heung-min Son stood in the mixed zone at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in complete disbelief at what had happened. Tottenham just overturned a three-goal deficit in the second half of their semi-final second leg in Amsterdam – courtesy of...

England vs Netherlands: a tale of two epic games at Euro 88 and Euro...

With the benefit of hindsight, it seems strange to suggest that England were one of the favourites to win the 1988 European Championship. That was the reality was that England, quarter-finalists at the previous World Cup, breezed through an...

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