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  • An Ode to Benítez: How do you know, when you know?

    An Ode to Benítez: How do you know, when you know?

    How do you know, when you know, how to cook an omelette? It is a question that can raise eyebrows, scrunch noses and help label yourself a nutter if you were to ever utter it to anyone. But it was one that was posed, rhetorically, on day one of Intro to Philosophy and one that […]

  • Paraguay: Eclipsed by its neighbours, but with a footballing ‘heart’ as big as any

    Paraguay: Eclipsed by its neighbours, but with a footballing ‘heart’ as big as any

    José Luis Chilavert. Roque Santa Cruz. Óscar Cardozo. Save for a short list of cult heroes who captured the hearts of many for different reasons – and Ronaldinho with his newfound Paraguayan ‘identity’ – South America’s landlocked corazón is not blessed with the biggest names in the game; well, not to the same extent as […]

  • The tragedy of Luciano Re Cecconi

    The tragedy of Luciano Re Cecconi

    Picture the scene. It’s a rainy Lancashire afternoon at Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School. The main building is reminiscent of HMP Wandsworth and is located at the top of a small mill town in Rossendale, known for literally nothing and, excitingly, having nothing to do. In fact, Sky recently chose it as the ideal place […]

  • Football’s most unique cup competition: the Coupe de France

    Football’s most unique cup competition: the Coupe de France

    “The greatest cup competition in the world is back”: a phrase commonly trotted out amongst English pundits and supporters this time every season. It is the first weekend of a new year, the weekend of the third round of the English FA Cup. After eight previous rounds, the first of which being the extra-preliminary round […]