For most of us, the last time England won the World Cup is firmly consigned to nostalgia and the memory of our parents and grandparents. It’s been a whopping 47 years since England triumphed at the World Cup and, despite our fans faithfully whipping themselves into a frenzy ever World Cup since, we haven’t even 

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It was on the 16th October 2012, exactly a year ago this week, that Ravel Morrison lined up for Birmingham under-21s in the Professional Development League Two North in a match against Derby. It was a match who Lee Clark, the manager who had dropped Morrison from his first-team due to a lax attitude and 

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It was in true Cristiano Ronaldo fashion that he should dominate Portugal’s preparations for their final World Cup qualifier with Luxembourg where the Real Madrid winger will play no part. The 28 year old, captain and spearhead of Paulo Bento’s side, picked up a late booking in the 1-1 draw with Israel, conveniently ruling himself 

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Friday marked exactly a month since England’s instantly forgettable 0-0 draw with Ukraine that generated frustration and confusion, as well as a point which manager Roy Hodgson seemed pleased to get regardless of the dull performance that was served up. It was another draw against one of the better opponents in qualifying group H, the 

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Greg Dyke, the relatively new chairman of the FA, has been quite busy this week. As he enters the third month in his position, Dyke has been tasked with setting up a new commission that will be charged with improving the development of future English youngsters as well as overseeing the build-up to the two 

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If there was ever any doubt that football was the most popular sport in the world, the number of new football stadiums and the many proposed stadiums would erase it. Let’s review a handful of the most recent sparkling new professional football fields that are sure to impress fans.   Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, 

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Within the space of two years, Brazil will host the world’s two biggest sporting events: the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is an opportunity for the nation to give the world a taste of its famously vibrant and open culture, and its historic passion for football. But, 

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Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Iker Casillas, Andrea Pirlo, Petr Cech – what do these great players have in common apart from being world class? All have stared in the UEFA Under 21 Championship in recent years and gone on to be key performers for their clubs and countries by building on the experience 

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After the tragic passing of a true football great Gary Speed, Welsh football was left with a huge hole to fill. Under Speed Wales played attractive, free flowing and effective football. The players were motivated and enjoyed playing their football as much as the fans were watching it. However when all that changed, the FAW 

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