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Raising Awareness Of The Silent Killer Affecting Football

Raising Awareness Of The Silent Killer Affecting Football

The late Robert Enke (Image from Getty)

On the morning of November 10th 2009, Hannover 96 goalkeeper Robert Enke kissed his wife goodbye and said he was off to training. Two years later, Wales’s manager Gary Speed said farewell to his colleagues at the BBC after filming Football Focus, saying he would see them next week. Unfortunately it would be the last time that anyone would see these men alive again as shortly after their…

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THE RETURN OF COACH LASSO: NBC SPORTS PREMIER LEAGUE FILM FEATURING JASON SUDEIKIS

Pretty sure whoever’s behind this is a Gooner :D.

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Where Unrest Fights Regret: A Reflection on Maradona

By Kizito Madu

The folly of youth is thinking itself invincible; so the adage of not declaring a man as having lived a happy life until he is on his deathbed still holds true mainly because of youth’s naïveté. Diego Maradona isn’t dead –in fact he’s full of life; recently recorded participating in a street fight after a night out—but he is an old man, and from his own words, he’s much older than his age suggests. In a recent interview with TyC Sports, Diego lamented that if he had not taken drugs, he would be a phenomenal player, adding “However, my daughters know that their old man - even though I am 53 years old - in reality it is as if I am 78 because my life has not been normal. It’s as if I had lived 80 years.”

There are two tragedies in this story: One of lost time and talent in the sense that the best player to ever bully and prance through a football pitch could have somehow been better, and the more funereal allegory of an ancient tragedy; the same characteristics that makes a hero endearing and admirable, become the cause of his downfall. Achilles with pride, Diego and grit. 

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Missing from this distance is actually really impressive. 

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Missing from this distance is actually really impressive. 

Pardew - Should He Stay Or Should He Go Now?

Pardew – Should He Stay Or Should He Go Now?

This close to the exit - Alan Pardew (Image from Getty)

Trailing 2-0 to Hull with 20 minutes remaining, Pardew motioned to the bench for Papiss Cisse to warm up. After a quick warm up, Cisse was thrown into the game with the hopes that he could contribute something. What he did was turn the game on its head by scoring twice to earn Newcastle a point in what looked to be a foregone conclusion. An inspired substitution is what some media outlets called…

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Gattuso Bites Back in Press Conference After Media Criticism

Gattuso Bites Back in Press Conference After Media Criticism

Not to be messed with - Rino Gattuso (Image from Getty)

No one can question how passionate Rino Gattuso is about football. The fiery former Italian midfielder had a reputation as a player for wearing his heart on his sleeve and it would appear that he has continued that trait as he embarks on his managerial career. Now coaching Greek side OFI Crete after brief stints in charge of Palermo and FC Sion, Gattuso has come under fire in recent weeks for…

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Cardiff Look To Scotland For New Boss After Solskjaers Departure

Cardiff Look To Scotland For New Boss After Solskjaers Departure

Gone Baby Gone - Solskjaer departs Cardiff (Image from AFP)

After a disappointing start to the new season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as Cardiff boss has come to an end. The baby faced Norwegian manager has vacated his position only eight months after taking the reins of the Welsh club, leaving Cardiff lingering in 17th place in the Championship with only eight points from their first seven games. It’s uncertain where Solskjaer will end up next but his…

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Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez Recieving Treatment After Being Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer

Newcastle’s Jonas Gutierrez Recieving Treatment After Being Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer

Get Well Soon - Jonas Gutierrez (Image from PA)Since his arrival on Tyneside, Argentine Jonas Gutierrez has established himself as a fan favourite at Newcastle. So it will come as a shock to them that Gutierrez is taking some time off from playing for the club to battle against testicular cancer. Diagnosed several months ago, the winger has already undergone surgery in his native Argentina to remove his left testicle and the cancerous tumour…

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When Will The Nightmare End For Fulham?

When Will The Nightmare End For Fulham?

Fulham continue to slide as Magath looks elsewhere for answers (Image from Getty)

Like a nightmare that they cannot wake from, Fulham fans find themselves in the depths of despair watching their beloved clubs sink into the abyss. Rooted to the bottom of the Championship with only one point in six games, Fulham look lost at sea with hope of turning the situation around disappearing over the horizon. At the helm of this sinking ship is manager Felix Magath, the German coach who…

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AC Milan Show Grit Needed To Lift Serie A Title

AC Milan Show Grit Needed To Lift Serie A Title

Milan grabbed all three points in an epic match with Parma (Image from Getty)

As far as excitement goes, the Serie A clash between Parma and AC Milan at the weekend had it all. Nine goals, two sending’s off, some sublime finishes and an outrageous own goal in what turned out to be one of the highlights of a goal filled Sunday in Italy’s top league. The gauntlet had been thrown down earlier on by AC Milan’s arch rivals and neighbours Inter who thoroughly thrashed Sassuolo…

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Wanted - One New Owner To Instill Pride Back Into Fallen Giant

Wanted – One New Owner To Instill Pride Back Into Fallen Giant

Wanted - New Owenr (Image from Google)

Wanted – One football mad billionaire to invest in well established and popular club with significant history of success. Glasgow Rangers is looking for a buyer who can end the non football related turmoil at the club and restore it to its former glory. Must be able to handle boardroom drama, petty bickering and fat cats lining their pockets with cash. New owner will be expected to clear house…

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Munir Enters The Fold With A Bang

New Prospect - Munir El Haddadi  (Image from Getty)

With all the recent changes at Barcelona and the high profile arrivals of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic and Thomas Vermaelen, the emergence of Munir El Haddadi into the first team could have gone unnoticed. But the young Spanish striker of Moroccan descent decided that he wanted to enter the fray with a big splash rather than sliding in under the radar. And how he did that. Under new head coach Luis…

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Portugal Defeat Spells Trouble For Bento

Portugal Defeat Spells Trouble For Bento

Much to Ponder - Paulo Bento (Image from GETTY)

After a disastrous World Cup campaign where Portugal failed to get out of first gear, many questioned were asked whether Paulo Bento should remain in charge. The former Sporting Lisbon coach has only been in charge since September 2010 but his time has been less than spectacular. Despite a positive start to his international managerial career, which saw him lead Portugal to the Euro 2012 semi…

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India Gears Up For Football Frenzy With ISL Kick Off

India Gears Up For Football Frenzy With ISL Kick Off

India gets set for ISL inaugral season (Image from Getty)

In just over a month’s time, the inaugural season of the Indian Super League is set to begin with anticipation in the country reaching fever pitch. The league, which comprises of eight teams, was founded last year in a bid to make football into one of the top sports in India and put the country firmly on the international footballing map. Set up to run similar to the MLS, the league operates…

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Argentina Gets World Cup Revenge With A Little Help From An Angel

Argentina Gets World Cup Revenge With A Little Help From An Angel

Argentina's Angel  - Di Maria (Image from Getty)

Less than two months after Germany snatched the World Cup away from Argentina in extra time, the two sides met again in a friendly in Dusseldorf last night with the result somewhat of a surprise. This time it was Argentina who took the plaudits with a stunning 4-2 win that saw Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria take centre stage. The electric winger was on fire in the North Rhine-Westphalia…

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