All posts by Chris Nichols

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The story of Gigi Meroni

When recalling the greatest Italian footballers of the 1960s, most would think of Gianni Rivera, Sandro Mazzola or Gigi Riva, possibly due to his relatively short professional playing career or perhaps because of the limited appearances he made for the Azzurri, but a life is full of intrigue, achievement and tragedy. You would be forgiven for forgetting poetry reading, art loving, Beatles fan: Gigi Meroni.

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Watch: Two parents get in brutal fight at junior football match

Parents on the sidelines at a football match are pretty much capable of anything. From axe wielding fathers (yes, it happened during my brother’s Saturday football days in south west London), to worried mothers demanding the opposition player receives his

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Winds of winter blow away on-pitch action

The footballing public may never be rid of hyperbolic descriptions from gurning pundits about the merits of a goalless draw on a February night in the midlands.

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Why travelling could aid English management

Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United are currently 2 points adrift in the English Championship title race from current table toppers Brighton, with many still considering the Toon to be favourites to win the race come May. Doing so would see Rafa

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Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal – What actually happened?

Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday was a lot of things. Disappointing? Yes. Inevitable? Yes. A setback? You betcha. What it wasn’t, was Arsenal being Arsenal, as so many have

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Johan Cruyff’s time at Levante

Johan Cruyff nearly retired in 1978 but after a series of bad investments, and without going too much into the details of how and why it all went wrong, he recalled: “I had lost millions in pig-farming and that was the reason I decided to become a footballer again.”

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The proper Madrid club

When it comes to Spanish football, many people nowadays are either Real Madrid or Barcelona fans, with that being due to either television exposure or readiness of their merchandise. That’s what I tend to find across the pond here in America, anyway.

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Meet tomorrow’s elite

Nothing quite captures the imagination like seeing a youngster blooded at first team level. There’s always a keen sense of anticipation amongst supporters who will have no doubt eagerly tracked the player’s progress up through the youth team ranks, already

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The Premier League’s huge TV rights deal in China

The Premier League has grown from strength to strength over the past couple of decades and the amount of revenue generated through selling TV rights across the world has never been higher. Over the last few years, the popularity of

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Watch: Serbian fourth division player with possibly the worst miss of all time

There have been some terrible misses in football over the years. From the likes of Rocky Baptiste (if you know, you know!), Chris Iwelumo and Emile Heskey, the list is endless. There’s a new contender in town (well, somewhere in

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Watch: Celtic legend Henrik Larsson’s son attacked by Helsingborg fans following relegation

Swedish side Helsingborg, who are managed by Celtic and Sweden legend Henrik Larsson, were relegated from the topflight at the weekend. Understandably, their fans were upset, but what wasn’t understandable was their reaction towards Henrik’s son, Jordan, who leads the

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The Libero

The Libero, the sweeper, the original ball playing defender. The role required a player to be the last man behind the defensive line, adding both extra security as well as a having the ability to start attacking play from the back.

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Wigan Athletic’s managerial dilemma – Thoughts on Gary Caldwell, Warren Joyce and more

Gary Caldwell was sacked as Wigan Athletic manager on Tuesday last week after just two wins in 14 games this season. Last season’s League One title was not enough to save the Scot, for whom the Championship has proved a

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Lamar Hunt and the first crazy club in Dallas

When you hear the name ‘Tornado’ you run because something bad will happen. The Dallas Tornado were the anti-NASL, or North American Soccer League club, and they outlived the flagship franchise and club you’ve probably heard of – the New York

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Luxembourg at the European Nations Cup 1964

The European Nations Cup (now known as the European Championships) was born in July 1960 in Paris. The idea for a pan-European football tournament was first proposed by the French Football Federation’s secretary-general Henri Delaunay in 1927, but it was not