Should We Get Rid of Throw-Ins in Football?

In December 2009 Arsene Wenger suggested scrapping throw-ins. The Frenchman argued that implementing ‘kick-ins’ to restart play would significantly speed up the game. Wenger was not a reliable witness. The previous month his Arsenal side lost 2-1 at Stoke City with both Potters’ goals coming from Rory Delap’s trademark long throw. That season it yielded […]

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Is Manchester United’s Lack of Success Finally Impacting Their Finances?

In May 2018 Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s vice-chairman said that “Playing performance doesn’t really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side of the business.” In the Stretford End, hardcore United fans were unimpressed with the comment at the time and no doubt Woodward is squirming after the club’s moderate […]

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Football Bubble: The Crash of ITV Digital

Live televised football in Britain was introduced tentatively. The FA Cup final had been broadcast live since 1953, but leagues games only began to be broadcast regularly in the 1983-84 seasons, with experimental transmissions on ITV the occasional Friday evening. The number of matches were restricted for two reasons: firstly, in response to the game’s […]

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Leicester City’s Defence: Tactics Explained

Leicester City are genuine title contenders after sixteen games played and while their exciting attacking play has caught the eye, their defensive solidity is perhaps even more significant. Brendan Rodgers may have arrived with a reputation as a largely attack-focussed manager, but he’s set about creating a mean defensive unit. So far, Leicester have conceded […]

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From Syria to Arsenal & The Emirates: A Refugee Story

The Syrian Civil War is one of the bloodiest wars of this decade. More than 465,000 people were killed. Over a million were injured. North of 12 million were displaced. It started with a few protestors against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad. The death toll has since extended to civilians, children, the sick, […]

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