Simon Burnton analyses Italy’s wine making pedigree and their chances in the 2014 World Cup Catenaccio. Italy’s great contribution to the footballing lexicon. It translates literally as door bolt, and refers to a highly tactical method of ensuring that entire matches pass by with no goalscoring chances being created whatsoever. This is their gift to.. read more →

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New Zealand vs Mexico: Whatever’s best, right now, is all that matters. England invented the game of football, and some would say their team should be treated with a little deference as a result. Instead, big-headed Swedish strikers strut about scoring 40-yard overhead kicks against them. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wondergoal in last year’s friendly was a.. read more →

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Has Football Culture become.. Cultured? So let’s set the scene. Throughout history football and footballers have been frequently linked with the consumption of alcoholic beverages, though it would be fair to say that wine hasn’t really been the poison of choice, at least not for long. The game was first codified, in October 1863, in.. read more →

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