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The Race for the Ballon d’Or Podium

Since 2010 when France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year trophies were merged, the FIFA Ballon d’Or has been dominated by two men: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, outside of these two men no one else has been crowned World Player of the Year since 2007 (when Kaká won the award) and you…

FLORENCE, ITALY - OCTOBER 26: Carlo Tavecchio president of FIGC during the unveiling of  the new Italian Football Federation training center  on October 26, 2015 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Italian FA President Tavecchio In Hot Water Over Controversial Remarks

Tavecchio In Hot Water Over Controversial Remarks Italian Football Association President, Carlo Tavecchio, had to come out on Monday evening in an attempt to clarify comments he made during a telephone conversation with Massimiliano Giacomini, director of SoccerLife, an Italian sports website. Italian Newspaper, Corriere della Sera, published parts of previously recorded audio from a conversation in June between Tavecchio…

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Juventus President: “Football Needs Change”

Juventus President Andrea Agnelli says that change is needed “in order for football to regain credibility.” Andrea Agnelli, speaking at the Italian club’s annual shareholder assembly on Wednesday, made the comments amid the ongoing FIFA crisis. High ranking members of the world governing body, including outgoing president Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, who have been suspended for 90 days…

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Football’s not for the faint hearted: football partisanship through the eyes of a rugby fan

Growing up as a rugby lover in a family where football runs in the blood, I am quite used to the standard divide. “Football’s the beautiful game”. “Rugby players are just footballers who didn’t make it”. “Rugby’s just for men that want to get close and personal to other men”. I’ve sat and watched slanging matches across the kitchen table…

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The Italian Job: AS Roma vs Juventus

Much is made of the Italian football experience. There is often violence when English teams visit; at its best, the atmosphere is incredibly hostile with flares a common feature; and racism has marred recent history. Thus when I went on holiday to Rome for a long weekend with my girlfriend, I was intrigued to visit the Stadio Olimpico. I was…

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