The Debate Over FIFA’s World Cup Expansion Plans

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has had his plans to expand the World Cup from 2026 onwards approved. This will mean major changes to the structuring of the competition. There will be 16 groups with 3 teams in each, where the top two in each group will advance to the Round of 32. These new plans […] READ MORE


50 Most Captivating Footballers of 2016: Part 1

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2016 has been a fascinating year for football. From Leicester City‘s league title triumph at odds of 5000/1, to Portugal‘s shock victory in the Euro 2016 final, to the bizarre rise of Will Grigg on and off the field, the last 12 months have not been short of entertainment. This five-part series looks at 50 of the most captivating footballers […] READ MORE



GB’s Davis Cup Heroics Outstrip Even Portugal’s Euro 2016 Win

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For fans of team sports, there have been two outstanding examples of team performance this summer. More specifically team performance in the absence of that team’s star player.  The first was Portugal’s defeat of France in the Euro 2016 final without Cristiano Ronaldo. He is their captain, leader and all-round inspiration. The second was Great Britain’s […] READ MORE


EURO 2016: What we Learned

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While many viewed EURO 2016 as a rather dull tournament, the passion from the fans made up for some boring matches. Iceland with their “viking chant”, Northern Ireland supporters singing “Will Grigg‘s on fire” (even though he didn’t get a second on the pitch), and Wales with “Please don’t take me home” all put the […] READ MORE


Marc Wilmots Sacked by Belgian FA

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After a disappointing Euro 2016, Marc Wilmots was today sacked by the Belgian FA. Belgium had gone into the competition as the number two ranked team on the FIFA list only to be humiliated by Wales in the Quarter Finals. Wilmots tactics and team selection had come under intense scrutiny in recent times. Belgium are […] READ MORE


Griezmann Another Top Scorer who Failed to Win the Main Prize

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The appalling attack on Nice during the Bastille Day celebrations instantly puts into context any feelings of sadness or loss in France at the national team’s failure to win Euro 2016. While there was understandable disappointment that, for the first time since the 1938 World Cup, a French football team could not triumph in an international tournament […] READ MORE