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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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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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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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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Reflections on the career, to date, of Xavi Hernandez

For all that world football lauds, and rightly so, the astounding twin talents of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, neither of those two quite justify the epithet “changed football” in the same way as Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona and Spain’s favourite eldest son                                     …

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Gerrard the fall guy once more in career scarred by self-destruction

 As England teeter on the brink of World Cup elimination, serious questions must be asked of Gerrard’s attitude and ability when it really counts                                                                         …

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Articles planned for August-October 2014

Within the next month or three, we aim to bring you articles on: Why Steven Gerrard is a self-destructive player. What defines Jose Mourinho’s identity,  and why it is not defensiveness. The potential impact of Brazil’s defeat at the World Cup,  and what it might mean for the country as a whole. Teleology and football – why 2014=1978, and why …

OliverArticles planned for August-October 2014