Category Archives: Standalone

England vs Russia: I’m Pretty Fucking Excited

I’ve pinpointed the last time that I was this excited about an England game: England vs Tunisia, World Cup Group G, 1998. I was nine years old and a few of us refused to go home immediately after school cos … Continue reading

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Mundial Magazine: Issue 3

I wrote about a cursed Ecuadorian football team for the latest issue of Mundial magazine. As well as me rambling on about obscure South American football, you can enjoy articles about Carlos Tevez, Chile’s Copa América victory and Javier Zanetti’s … Continue reading

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Why Javier Mascherano Is A Bad Midfielder For Barcelona

Whether or not Javier Mascherano should supersede Sergio Busquets as Barcelona’s pivote has been a constant topic of discussion among culés this season and it has been addressed in my columns several times before. Mascherano’s start in midfield for Barça’s weekend … Continue reading

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Twenty Music Releases I Liked In 2014

Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch Al Qadiri calls her album “a virtual road trip through imagined China” and that’s a pretty perfect description. In the way that all new destinations are, Asiatisch is strikingly beautiful, intriguingly peculiar and overflowing with odd twists on the familiar. Aphex Twin … Continue reading

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Is Vine Affecting The Way We Watch Football?

The sudden omnipresence of Vine has had a wide range of consequences for football fans. Most of them are undeniably good: we can now view goals, passes, tackles, fouls, saves and bizarre or hilarious moments from all over the world, … Continue reading

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Brendan Rodgers Has Managed Steven Gerrard’s Decline Perfectly

Few of this season’s stories will run and run like that of Steven Gerrard’s decline. It’s obvious to even his most fervent defenders that age has caught up with him and the 4-2-3-1 formation Brendan Rodgers is using at the … Continue reading

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Aphex Twin – Syro

It must have been 2005 or 2006 when I discovered the music of Aphex Twin. I was 16 or 17 and I found out about it the way a lot of music fans in my generation did: via Radiohead’s Kid … Continue reading

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