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5 reasons why Lionel Messi must not come out of retirement

Lionel Messi’s retirement announcement from international duty, right after Copa America 2016 finals defeat for Argentina, sent shockwaves across the planet. So much so, that even English Premier League’s best player Sergio Aguero and FC Barcelona’s top player Javier Mascherano’s retiring went unnoticed. 1,133 more words

Football

(F)Rio de Janeiro - here's the Cigar!

A dream was about to come true. Rio de Janeiro. Beautiful city of Caipirinhas, Samba, Carneval, Copacabana, Maracana, Sugarloaf Mountain, also of favelas, crime, street kids. 753 more words

The Trip

Lionel Messi

Diego Maradona is the greatest ever footballer according to many erudite folks. He was a mad man on the pitch who would do anything to win. 1,212 more words

Sports

Sorry, Not Sorry Brazil

Brazil it’s not us, it’s you. You are incredibly boring to watch and your players just aren’t as good as they used to be.

Most of us have been in denial about the footballing crisis sweeping Brazil, not least because of the problems we as England fans have endured over the last few years/many years (depending on how old you are), but the decline of the Brazilian national team has been even more heartbreaking to watch.

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Football

Assessing Spain: How Are The Mighty Fallen? 

Spain’s domination of world football will go down as one of the sport’s finest achievements. The subsequent downfall of their squad and the destruction of the country’s own ‘tika taka’ format of play will be remembered as an ignominy they are desperate to forget. 384 more words

FIFA World Rankings - Redux - Time for a Change?

FIFA is embroiled in a huge scandal and the time couldn’t be better to review and consider new ways to rank National teams across the World. 905 more words

Possession With Purpose

Beautiful Games

It was the summer of 2014. I had World Cup Fever, and I had it bad.

In general, I have pretty close to zero interest in soccer, football, whatever you want to call it. 326 more words