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Sports and Politics Walk The Line
Football’s greatest legends: Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Neymar and now Kylian Mbappé, choosing a worthy candidate for the title ‘Greatest Player in the History of the Game’ is both spectator sport and blood sport, and changes with the times.
Four decades since Zoff was on top of the world
The oldest player ever to win the Fifa World Cup turns 79 today, but surprisingly it’s almost 40 years ago that he achieved that status.
Liverpool City Council Approve Plans For New Everton Stadium
Plans for a new 52, 888 seater stadium for Everton Football Club have been unanimously approved by Liverpool City Council's planning committee. The vision will see the stadium being built at Bramley Moore Dock and the committee has urged the government to make a positive decision on the plans and not to cause any delays to acquire more investment and employment for the region.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
Are you an NBA or Major League Baseball fan? Not many sports fans in North America follow the machinations of the European soccer leagues — “football” to those in the UK — but citing the NBA or MLB seems the most effective way to tell sports fans here about a crazy new proposal called “the Super League” that has the potential to upend everything footie fans have grown to like and love about Premier League soccer in the UK — and La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 in other countries as well.
Brain Injuries in Sport: The Role Medical AI Can Play
It feels like barely a week goes by without a head injury in sport. And, with many of us experiencing a lockdown and all but elite sports cancelled, we’re engaging with football, rugby, and other televised sporting events more than ever to keep ourselves entertained. This laser-focus on high-profile head and brain injuries has led to a better public understanding of the issues, as well as more focus from the medical community on preventing the neurodegenerative after-effects.
"My Favourite Game Football"
The game football serves as a very crucial part of human being health. It keeps people fit. Further, it keeps them away from various diseases. So, having some physical hobby is must necessary for them.
What We Don't See
Héctor Bellerín is a sportsman, playing for Arsenal football club, who divides opinion. Even among the Arsenal faithful, he is sometimes viewed negatively. A young, multi-millionaire at the peak of physical fitness, in one of the best cities in the world, getting paid to do a job that many would pay to do, brings a lot of attention. Especially in this day and age. Unfortunately, much of that attention is negative.
No Room for Racism
The ritual has become set in stone. Before each and every game, across the major leagues in UK soccer but most notably in the top-flight Premier League, players from the opposing sides kneel around the center circle. They kneel partly in homage to Colin Kaepernick, the one-time NFL quarterback who sacrificed his career to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, but mostly as a statement against racism in general, not just in soccer but at every level of society.
You’re wrong, Facebook - Football is not to blame for racist abuse
Long overdue efforts to punish people who subject black footballers to racist abuse online have to be applauded. But deflecting the blame from social media to football itself is wide of the target.
No Fans? No Fun.
The banner at Old Trafford stadium is easy to spot even in good times, and these are not good times. ‘Without Fans, We Are Nothing,’ it reads.
Setting the Foundation
I consider myself born into the most progressive generation for women in soccer. Being able to watch women like Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, and Shannon Mac Millan take over the field with their determination and raw skill was nothing short of astounding. To a five-year-old girl, whose entire life was centered around soccer since the day she took her first steps, these women were absolute super heroes. They paved the way for girls all over the world to believe they were enough, that they could play next to the men and make something for themselves.
Life Lessons From Fergie: The Greatest
"I’ve never played for a draw in my life" - Sir Alex Ferguson I am obsessed with football coaches. I adore the game itself, and am in awe of its greatest players. To be frank, even the very, very bad ones fascinate me.