INTERNATIONAL

The indivisibility of football

For years football was thought to be a simple issue – a matter of individual duels whose winners would end up deciding the outcome of any given match. That difference could admittedly be suppressed by “wanting it more” than one’s opponents or “getting stuck into them”. Some years later the sport became the subject matter of theses and studies in ...

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We don’t play football, we live it: Nike F.C.

As the world gears up for this summer’s big competition, Nike takes the opportunity to celebrate 20 years of brilliant football. In 1994 during a sunny afternoon in Pasadena, Calif., a statement was made – glory is granted to those who risk everything. From that point on players such as Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Ronaldo exemplified that style, daring ...

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How the Brazilians have fared under Mourinho

If you are a disciple of Jose Mourinho, please do not read this!  As the 2013/14 season draws to a close, I have decided to review how well the Brazilians – Willian, David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires, have fared under the Chelsea manager. I will start by saying I do not think Mourinho is a very good attacking coach. Shoot ...

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SA’s WC preparations must be applauded

Rewind to this time four years ago here in South Africa as we were working around the clock to deliver a world class tournament for the world to see.  With two months to go before kick off, we had already baked our cakes (stadiums, infrastructure, transport etc) and all that was left was for us to put the icing on ...

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