Steven Gerrard a Romantic hero amidst sport’s increasing scientism

The soon-to-be-outgoing Liverpool captain’s brand of impulsive, burden-bearing brilliance will be missed by those who feel sport is losing its romance                                                                               …

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Indian Super League a microcosm of modern football’s dual nature

The inaugural competition’s noble aims sit uneasily, but all too predictably, alongside the beautiful game‘s ugly trappings                                                                                       …

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Pochettino dares to know amidst chronic youth unemployment

The Argentine’s rare faith in young players demonstrates a conviction in his own judgments of which Kant would be proud                                                                                 …

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A second opinion on Frank Lampard: football’s great learner

My own thoughts on Lampard,  following my colleague’s piece earlier today. “Oh my goodness, that’s incredible.  Frank Lampard against Chelsea” – Steve Wilson,  MoTD 2:  21/9/14                                                                       …

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Lampard looks to football’s final frontier: space

In this rarefied age of footballing athleticism, those players who can both find and exploit space are, ultimately, the ones who will reach the moon                                                                        …

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2014 summer transfer window – some reflections

As the summertime window of reinforcement opportunity closes until January, here are some reflections on the transfer dealings, for better or for worse, of the “big seven” clubs in the Premier League                                                         …

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2014 = 1978? Football through the lens of teleology

Preface: This is a provisional piece of work. I appreciate the comparative lack of depth in any of the case studies, due to a lack of detailed knowledge (I have no archives, nor am I old enough to have seen Holland in 1974, yet alone Hungary of 1954). With time, I aspire to complete this piece to a standard whereby …

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A match that makes history – and will continue to make it

As Brazil suffers footballing humiliation against Germany on its own soil, the question to be asked now is: just quite how significant could this football match turn out to be for a nation whose very identity has henceforth been rooted in the beautiful game?                                 …

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Tactical Preview: Chelsea 2014/15

Foreword: This is a theoretical preview from the perspective of a relatively objective fan of the club.  I hope to return to the tactical outlook of Chelsea latterly,  with more emphasis on how the theory worked out in practice,  how Mourinho and his coaching staff have implemented the general strategic framework they have imposed on the players:       …

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Holland wreak destruction on beautiful monster they helped to create

With a virtuoso display of finishing in Salvador, the Dutch chastened a Spanish side indelibly influenced by their own footballing past – and by their current manager                                                                   …

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