Death Or Glory; The Dark History Of The World Cup

Jon Spurling All Guns Blazing

In 1974 Zaire’s football team were summoned into a room in their West German hotel and told that if they lost to Brazil by more than three goals the following day they would never see their families again. In this astonishing book Jon Spurling has travelled the world to scratch beneath the glossy, confetti-strewn surface […]

Backpage Roundup: Gunners Hesitant to Pull the Trigger on Fellaini, Koscielny Reaffirms Desire to Stay, Adams Blames Foreigners and More

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Gunners Hesitant to Pull the Trigger on Fellaini Transfer Everton FC midfielder Marouane Fellaini is keen to join Arsenal FC, but the massive cost attributed to the transfer means that the Gunners are a bit hesitant to pull the trigger. The Belgian giant’s representatives recently rejected Arsenal’s initial contract offer and demanded a six-figure salary […]

Has Arsenal written off Park Chu-Young?

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South Korean international Park-Chu-Young played more minutes in London this summer at the Olympic Games than he has in his entire career with Arsenal. Now according to several reports it appears that the Gunners have written the 27-year-old striker off at a cost of £5.5 million. Park was bought by manager Arsene Wenger from French […]

Debate: Should major football events be held in troubled countries?

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Corruption allegations aren’t really anything new when it comes to FIFA and to a lesser extent UEFA. However, some supporters and even players and ex-players are now accusing the football powers of putting fans’ safety in jeopardy by their misguided attempts to change the world. The decision to hold this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament in […]

Greater Things are Yet to Come

Arsenal thrash Blackburn 7-1

  I’ve got to admit, feeling like a loser has become a part of my identity, low self-confidence hard-wired into my DNA by virtue of too many years of hardship. On Saturday morning, as Arsenal destroyed Blackburn 7-1, I got to feel like a winner again. And it felt good. Really good. In terms of […]