Words by George Storr & Kieran Ahuja. Featured image from Rohingyafc.com
According to UN special investigator Yanghee Lee, Genocide was still being committed in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims as recently as October. More than 900,000 Rohingya people have fled Myanmar as a result of a 2017 military crackdown and now they’re attempting to enter the world of international football.
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The dust has settled, a week has passed, now Kathryn Batte takes a look at what the She Believe’s Cup victory means for the Lionesses and Phil Neville this summer…
Unless you’re an avid follower of women’s football, you probably hadn’t heard of the She Believe’s Cup until England’s 3-0 victory over Japan last week gave Phil Neville his first piece of silverware as the Lionesses’ manager.
Continue reading “Lionesses’ She Believe’s Cup victory is a milestone but leaves Phil Neville with an even greater selection headache for the summer”
By Saikat Chakrobarty
After a cruel and bloody siege that lasted for 72 days, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic’s capital, Kyiv, was occupied by the Nazis in September 1941. In a attempt to not look like brutal tyrants in the eyes of the local population, the Nazi government tried to create the illusion of a prosperous life by organising various cultural events and incorporating sports into the daily life of the ordinary citizen.
Continue reading “FC Start and the legend of the ‘Death Match’ of 1942”
Respect is a requirement in every path of life, but on a professional football field, you’d expect it would be a given. Your team is locked level in the dying embers of the Carabao cup final and you pull up with an injury, holding your legs. The managers first thought is to get a player off the bench ready to come on. Clearly instructing on the sideline for a substitution, you stand on the field of play waving your arms around like a kid in a soft play area instructing to his mother that he doesn’t want to leave.
Continue reading “How far is player power and respect being challenged in modern football?”
By Andrew Misra
Injured. Probably the word most football fans would use to describe Abou Diaby’s career. He’s now announced his retirement at the age of 32. Diaby made just 198 club appearances in total during a 14-year career, and had been without a club since being released by Marseille in 2017. Continue reading “We need to talk about Abou: how good was Diaby?”
“When you look at the stats of the modern game, I am big on controlling domination of the ball. But against Everton we were able to dominate without the ball.” – Brendan Rodgers.
Continue reading “Brendan Rodgers, the underrated disciple of possession football who came five years too late”
By Andrew Misra
If you’ve spent a large amount of your life playing, watching and generally consuming football then it follows logically that you should know a lot about it. But the sport is so broad, deep and structurally layered that it’s impossible to be on top of it all. Stop a self-confessed football fanatic on the street and ask them who is fourth in the Eredivisie and there’s a good chance that they won’t know (AZ Alkmaar). That same fan, though, can tell you off the top of their head that Emile Heskey scored seven goals in 62 England appearances over an eleven-year international career. Or that a young Dimitar Berbatov came off the Bayer Leverkusen bench in the 39th minute of the 2002 Champions League Final.
Continue reading “Why women’s football is worth watching: lessons from Bramall Lane”
In a brand new weekly series, Kieran Ahuja takes a look at a weird, wonderful, wonky or just damn nice football kit. Continue reading “Kit of the Week #1: Atlético Madrid’s Hollywood season”