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Author Archives: Robert O'Connor

About Robert O'Connor

Robert lives and works in London, and largely follows football from the safe distance of the living room. Has been recently taking a growing interest in the semi-professional game as a perfect foil for his interests in the growing influence of digital media on football.

Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Preview

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Argentina

Argentina’s susceptibility at the back is almost as well documented as their attacking threat. No one in Argentina has much faith in makeshift full-back Marcos Rojo, who is generally considered to be the weak link. The solid but unspectacular central … Continue reading

Brazil 3-1 Croatia – Host Win in Match Shrouded in Controversy: Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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WC OC

Brazil opened the World Cup with an uneven 3-1 win over a stubborn Croatia in Sao Paulo thanks to two goals from Neymar. Brazil’s talisman opened his account for the tournament with a long range effort to level the scores … Continue reading

Carlisle United Might Be Looking For Answers In The Wrong Places

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carlisle-united

It’s been a sorry start to the season for Carlisle United both on the pitch and in the stands. After three years of steady progress up the League One table, the club are struggling to dust themselves off from the … Continue reading

World Cup 2018 Gives FIFA an Opportunity to Take a Stand On LGBT

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russia-world-cup-2018

With World Cup 2022 dominating opinion columns and threatening to destabilize a competition still nine years away from us, the World Cup has never faced such an uncertain future. With the embers still warm from the fires that accompanied the … Continue reading

A Winter 2022 World Cup Is Bad News For Other Sports, Not Just Soccer

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qatar-fifa

It is firmly advisable that one needn’t even attempt to come up to speed with developments in this summer’s – probably the next eight summers’ – most absurdly gripping parlance without first flushing a number of distractingly obvious thoughts out … Continue reading

Papiss Don’t Preach: Why Cisse’s Protest Against Wonga Is Unwinnable

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papiss-cisse

It’s no surprise that a clash of corporate and ethical interests has finally produced a stand-off. The outcome however has a predictable feel. When you’re as big as the Premier League, you can’t expect to maneuver delicately through every glitzy … Continue reading

BT Crashes Sky’s Premier League Party, But Old Habits May Die Hard

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bt-sport-billboard

With the Premier League title sewn up last season before there was snow on the ground and doomed QPR sucking all relegation fodder towards them like an expensive black hole for most of the season, there was a conspicuous dearth … Continue reading

As More Betting Companies Invest in the EPL, Is It Time For an Ethical Code?

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stoke-city-home-shirt

Anyone who wants to make a conveniently sweeping judgment about the relative growth of any given industry in the domestic and, increasingly, global market need not look very much further than the names and logos ironed across the front of … Continue reading

Coventry City Blues: The Sad Decline Of A Once Great English Club

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Coventry City FC - The Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Competition for the prize for last season’s biggest crisis club was one of the most hotly contested and morbidly gripping tussles up and down the divisions. Portsmouth provided the latest, and hopefully final, volume in their beginners guide to self-destruction … Continue reading

Aldershot Town Are Flying Too Close to The Sun; Club Face Extinction

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Soccer - Tickets go on sale for Aldershot v Manchester United - The EBB Stadium

As the Premier League was kicking and screaming its way into the world in 1992 amidst talk of a revolution in the way football was played and watched, there was a less seismic but equally historic development unfolding much further … Continue reading

Could FIFA’s Role in the Brazilian Crisis Be Little More Than A Convenient Scapegoat?

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sepp-blatter

A generation from now, naughty children around the world will be hushed into submission by whispers of a hideous and sinister figure from the darkest corner of history. Disobedient little ones will tremble at the mention of his name, balk … Continue reading

Chaos In Brazil: The Wrath of a Nation Holds FIFA In a Vice

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brazil-riots

Anyone following the FIFA PR machine as it trips and skids its way through its response to the chaos unfolding in Brazil could be forgiven for thinking we’re in pantomime season. As the Confederations Cup quickly turns from close-season money … Continue reading

BBC Lost Its Sense of Perspective When They Ambushed Gus Poyet

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Poor old Gus Poyet. The former Brighton boss must feel like somebody’s been sneaking into his world and pulling threads with the way his career has been unravelling lately. Since his side blew their favorites tag to go crashing out … Continue reading