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Is this the Emile Heskey of Thai football?

Emile Heskey; donkey or beast? You decide, but he’s certainly a footballer that divides opinion. Emile’s scored some belters in his time but they all seem to be forgotten about as he’s also missed a shedload of sitters. If you’re playing football

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USA coach Klinsmann admits his team has no chance of winning 2014 World Cup

There’s nothing like waving the white flag before your team has even taken the pitch in Brazil. Or maybe you could look at USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann as a realist when he says that his team is just not at

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Time to ditch the sliding tackle?

After Raheem Sterling’s tackle in England’s latest World Cup warm up game against Ecuador saw the normally placid Antonio Valencia reach for the Englishman’s throat and had them both sent off, a thought occurred: as we slowly see more and

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Lambert loss spells end of an era at Southampton

When Southampton’s 2013/14 season ended it was described as the ‘end of a project’ – and it certainly seems that way. Said ‘project’ – a term I loathe to use as it is better suited to a management consultant’s PowerPoint presentation

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Comedian Omid Djalili joined by some well known faces for World Cup song

Yes, another World Cup song. There seems to be hundreds doing the rounds as people desperately try to create a track that’ll reach the heights that the likes of ‘Three Lions On The Shirt’ by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds

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An unknown World Cup XI

You football nuts out there will have heard of these lot (or played with them one time in a FIFA career) but for those of you who are excited for the World Cup but perhaps don’t have the knowledge to keep

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Lovely moment: disabled boy shows off keepy-uppy skills to hero David Luiz

Football can produce some beautiful moments and this is certainly one of them. A young disabled boy was a special guest at Brazil’s training session last week, meeting his heroes and watching them train in what was undoubtedly a day to

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USMNT: expectations heading into the World Cup

Take one nation, growing in stature within the sport, a massive competition and ESPN – what do you have? Throw in a pinch of a very pessimistic football culture here in the States and the supposed “very hard group” we’re

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Messi to secure legacy at the World Cup?

No trophies, no Ballon d’Or and no La Liga’s Golden Boot for Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi. Some might say the little Argentinian magician has been under a bit of rare pressure during the 2014 campaign exemplified by his refusal to

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Why Arsene Wenger’s new deal is bad news for Arsenal

According to reports today, Arsene Wenger has agreed a new three-year contract at Arsenal putting an end to all the speculation that has been surrounding his future at the club. I, for one, am not excited or pleased about his contract renewal.

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Adidas destroy France’s team bus from previous World Cup

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa is certainly one to forget for anyone who’s French. Patrice Evra and Nicolas Anelka persuaded their team-mates to revolt against the reported inept management of then boss Raymond Domenech. After barricading themselves aboard and refusing to

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Arsenal season review: how long without a trophy?

Trying to find the best way to describe the 2013/14 season in one word as an Arsenal fan, the one recurring word that comes is “childbirth”. Let me explain: studies have shown that after childbirth, a hormone is released that cause women

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Is this the worst penalty ever?

With the World Cup around the corner, penalty fails will undoubtedly be on the horizon. Every tournament, you’re practically guaranteed to see at least one terrible penalty (yes, usually from England). This latest spot kick shocker from Serbia will be hard

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My Panini World Cup card obsession

I tear the foil open nervously, looking around to see if anyone has seen me. Wasting no time, I turn the first card around. Get lost, Gokhan Inler – I’ve got you already. Turn another. And another. Got. Got. Yes,

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Great reaction from the Bernabeu crowd after Sergio Ramos’ Champions League final equaliser

While Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were battling it out in the Champions League final over in Lisbon on Saturday night, a very impressive looking giant cube-screen was set up inside Real’s Bernabeu home for fans of the club to gather and watch