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Remembering Gianluca Vialli

Gracefully silky yet gritty. A wave of colour and passion enveloped by nous and strategy. Talent the size of a net bulge post-Batistuta piledriver. Italian football in the ’90s was the pinnacle. An iconic World Cup and an instantaneous amour for any Italian football fuelled my formative years as a football-crazed youngster. But, whilst James…

Bruno Petković & The Perplexingly Perilous Penalty – Bizarre Football.

Who doesn’t love a red card? Well, maybe the player that was dismissed and the teammates and fans of his club aren’t so thrilled when it happens. But, it is always a memorable day when the referee reaches for his back pocket. After all, a red card significantly changes nearly any contest, for better or…

Manon Rhéaume – Ice Breaker

1980s, Beauport, Quebec. Pierre Rhéaume walks into a local ice rink with his child, ready to coach them and their team in a game of “pee-wee” hockey. The child wears their hat low, obscuring their features as they make their way to suit up in their pads and helmet, ready to tend the goal. Few…

Gareth Bale at Madrid: Parasite? Flop? Misunderstood?

The date is 26th May 2018. It is a warm night in Kyiv, Ukraine, where the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool is taking place. The scores are evenly poised at 1-1. 61 minutes into the game, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane turns to his bench and beckons for Gareth Bale. Three minutes later, Gareth Bale is sliding past…

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