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Clarifying the offside law

I have to admit that I’m very much a traditionalist when it comes to the offside rule. It used to be oh so simple. Well, as simple as the offside law could ever be; you were either offside or you weren’t. Notwithstanding that, in this article I will look at the new clarifications of the offside rule introduced by the International FA Board (IFAB). The off-side rule has become over-complicated by the question as to whether a player was "interfering…
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Santi Cazorla: Premier League Player of the Year

After another year of poor showings in the European competitions, and with the star players of the last couple of seasons leaving for the La Liga giants, the criticism of the Premier League as a league has come from all directions; and it has been coming hard. Actually, it is becoming a little tedious. However, some improved decision-making (Manchester City, Manchester United) and further development of existing sides (Chelsea, Arsenal) down the line, and the top Premier League teams –…
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How technology has changed the face of football today

We now experience televised sport, and football in particular, in a matrix of graphical wizardry. Sky, BT Sports, BBC, and even Setanta introduced so many nuances to the Beautiful Game, aided and abetted by pitch-side fans armed with smartphones, that the thought of just one, grainy camera at games, a la Kenneth Wolstenholme introducing Match of the Day way back when, seems totally alien. by Alex Jones Even international games at footballing outposts are now delivered in HD (and soon…
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Ebenezer Cobb Morley – one Hull of a story

I have always thought of Hull as the centre of the football universe and now it turns out that this assumption was correct all along. Hull can rightly claim to be the birthplace of the modern game. This is all thanks to one man, Ebenezer Cobb Morley, who has never had his achievements properly recognised, given that he made a vital contribution to establishing the game of association football. Morley was born, bred and educated in Hull and, although he…
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Ronaldo: The Brazilian One

Few players in the world have had an impact on the football pitch quite like Ronaldo. He burst onto the scene in 1993 and for over 15 years frightened the life out of defenses across the globe, showing them a clean set of heals and his trademark R9 boots. Born in Rio in 1976, football was never going to be far from the striker’s mind, playing on the famous beaches that the likes of Zico, Romario, and Carlos Alberto Torres…
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Will the 2022 Qatar World Cup be “built on the blood of innocents?”

As construction work begins on the first stadium for Qatar 2022 and ahead of a European Parliament hearing in Brussels on Thursday, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy of Qatar (SCDLQ) has issued a press release regarding another worker’s charter – this one called “Workers’ Welfare Standards.” The charter was immediately blasted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as reinforcing the system of forced labour in place in the oil-rich fiefdom and doing nothing to prevent further avoidable…
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