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UEFA Nations League – The Final Four

Following Europe’s success at last years FIFA World Cup, the continent has been captivated by the new UEFA Nations League. The new competition allows European teams to compete with one another in a league format; with teams of a similar ranking being matched in groups with each other, to level the playing field.  As the inaugural competition draws to a close, we take a look

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Football & Mental Health: Tackling the Stigma

A crucially important topic that is commonly overshadowed by the thrills and spills in modern football, is mental health. According to the mental health charity ‘Mind’, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. And for professional athletes it is no different; according to the BBC, professional footballers suffer more from

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Manchester United vs Manchester City – The 178th Derby

This Wednesday isn’t just hosting any other mid-week fixture. When red and blue collide, it will mark the 178th competitive meeting between United and City. And with United aiming for 3rd spot, and City going for the title; it promises to be a cracker.  Still drying off after a stormy 4-0 loss to Everton, Solskjaer’s men will be looking to make

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The Sporting Director – Do They Work?

Without looking into the complex network of jobs a professional football team has, any fan would assume it’s just the manager that makes the most influential decisions for the club. The Sporting Director role in professional football is one of the most important yet overlooked roles a club can have. But what exactly is a Sporting Director? The Sporting Director

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England’s Shine Dulled by Racism

On Monday night, Southgate and the Three Lions travelled to the South European country of Montenegro for a European Cup qualifying game. The odds were greatly stacked in England’s favour, especially following their 5-0 triumph over the Czech Republic just three days before; where Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling netted a hattrick. England conceded early in the game, with Marko Vesovic

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