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DIFFERENCE MAKERS

Not too long ago, Luka Modric lifted the 2018 Ballon d’Or — the prize awarded to the best player on the planet over the preceding 12 months. Few football experts would have predicted in January 2018 that the classy Croatian would win the award, dominated by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the past decade. As we embark on another

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The selfish gene

Luka Modric ended the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi domination of the Ballon d’Or, but what questions the point of individual awards in a team sport… In January, Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was awarded the Ballon d’Or, the first player not named Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to be given the award since 2007. The 33-year-old is also the

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GREAT GAMES REVISITED — LIVERPOOL VS. ARSENAL

Liverpool and Arsenal have played out some of English football’s most thrilling fixtures. Yousef Teclab looks back at one particular goal-fest… Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal (Premier League, 2008-09) Liverpool vs. Arsenal is a fixture that has several memorable moments – from the 1989 title decider to the 2001 FA Cup Final. But many remember the madness that occurred in April 2009.

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Lavished EPL

In the summer of 2017, Jean Michael Seri seemed set to join Barcelona. The Ivorian had been a standout player for Nice, and the two clubs had agreed on a deal worth around €40m. Depending on who you believe, Les Aiglons either raised the price or Barca pulled out, but either way the deal collapsed. Seri was disappointed, but his

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Seven Year Countdown

At a time where the sport of soccer is immensely growing among the American and Canadian public, the 2026 FIFA World Cup was awarded to the United bid between the United States, Canada and Mexico a day before the inception of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. All three countries sustain growing grassroots to professional structure that will only become even more

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Tribal Debate

It is often said that sport and politics should never mix. One only has to look at the recent furore over NFL players ‘taking a knee,’ with some backing the players, others backing their right to protest but asking that they keep it out of their sport, and others telling the athletes: “stay in your lane”. In truth though sport

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