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Big Think | LINKS|

Where English football supporters live in London: a map

A map created by Big Think shows the clear geographical slant of football fandom in the British capital: the centres of gravity for each ‘fanland’ tend to be around the home grounds of each team.

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Meet the 22 FIFA men who will decide Australia’s 2022 World Cup fate

Who are the 22 men whose votes will decide where the 2022 World Cup is held? And how are they likely to vote? Neil Walker investigates.

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The Guardian | LINKS|

What price for the English to pay for the 2018 World Cup?

The English bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is starting to feel grubbier and grubbier, writes The Guardian’s Paul Hayward, and are horsetrading and acquiescence a price worth paying for an event England have not won since 1966?

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Who Ate all the Pies | LINKS|

The Top 10 vainglorious footballers in the world

Who are the footballers who shout “look ate me!”? Who Ate all the Pies has a list.

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Bleacher Report | LINKS|

Has Tottenham finally caught up to Arsenal?

Have Spurs finally turned a corner and caught up to Arsenal?

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Slate | LINKS|

Major League Soccer is ignoring its troubled past

Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, and that’s exactly what the USA’s Major League Soccer is doing, writes Slate’s Brian Phillips.

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The Independent | LINKS|

Why gay footballers should stay in the closet

Gay players do not come out for reasons of physical safety or that they are not emotionally ready to face the abuse of thousands of vitriolic fans, writes The Independent’s Musa Okwonga, but there is further nuance to this issue of which we should take note.

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Kickette | LINKS|

The professional footballer sex fiend paradox

Why do elite soccer players (and their managers) seemingly find it impossible to remain faithful for more than ten seconds?

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Slate | LINKS|

The rise and fall of Wayne Rooney

Rooney’s career has always resembled a teenage melodrama, writes Slate’s Brian Phillips

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Goal.com | LINKS|

Gareth Bale couldn’t leave Tottenham could he?

Tottenham striker Gareth Bale has been in incredible form in 2010 — thus stirs the rumours mill that he is leaving. Is is true? And can the Spurs capitalise on the Welshman whilst they still have him?

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101 Great Goals | LINKS|

The 10 most farcical refereeing decisions in the history of football

Farcical refereeing decisions has been a feature of football for many years. Here is 101 Goals’ list of the 10 most farcical refereeing decisions ever. In chronological order.

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Two Footed Tackle | LINKS|

Why the ‘greed is good’ mantra of the English Premier League fails us all

Farcical financial situations at Liverpool and Portsmouth, not to mention the ticking financial time-bombs of several other top flight teams, are illustrating what is wrong with Britain’s top flight football competition.

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Sports Illustrated | LINKS|

Why John Henry will reverse Liverpool’s fortunes

Liverpool fans are sceptical, but American businessman John Henry once turned the vaunted Boston Red Sox around — and he’ll do the same to Liverpool, writes Sports Illustrated’s Dan Shaughnessy.

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Slate | LINKS|

Serbia’s far right and the return of football riots

In last Thursday’s match between Italy and Serbia in Genoa, football’s ugly cousin, the riot, again reared its head. Slate’s Brian Phillips investigates the history of the relationship between riot thuggery and football.

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The National (UAE) | LINKS|

How to fix a World Cup match

Soccer (or “football” to you purists) is rife with match fixing, and author Declan Hill has put his life at risk exposing it. He explains how the games are rigged and why the World Cup is a fertile field for bribery and buy-outs to flourish.

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Feeling the FIFA fever

The world’s biggest sport event, the FIFA World Cup, is just weeks away and here’s a little reminder for those who’ve forgotten how important football is to the rest of the world. Yes, it is a Nike ad, but it’s a beauty.

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Why Australia can’t win its World Cup bid

Australia is banking on its proximity to Asia to win the right to host football’s World Cup. But that could in fact be held against it, writes Matthew Hall from the United States.

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Crikey Blogs | LINKS|

How to run a football club 101

The AFL could learn a few lessons from German soccer club St. Pauli on how to combat endemic chauvinism in football, says Vince Chadwick. The club’s decision to place principal over profit has reaped rewards both on and off the field.

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Goal.com | LINKS|

Putting the boot into Aussie soccer

Just a few years ago the Socceroos were the darlings of the Australian sporting world, now Australia’s bid for the 2022 World Cup is at risk, Frank Lowy’s FFA is in trouble and the likelihood of success in South Africa is slim.

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Forbes | LINKS|

The most valuable soccer teams in the world

Soccer is big business, with teams increasingly becoming brands in their own right. Forbes names the clubs kicking the most financial goals around the world.

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The Independent | SPORT|

Messi puts the boot into Maradona

Argentinean soccer player Lionel Messi is getting a rep as the best footballer in the world, yet gets barely any love in his home country. So how will Maradona — now coach of the Argentinean team — deal with his title-pincher?

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The Age | SPORT|

Goal! The secret of the penalty shoot out

The best thing for a goal keeper to do during a penalty shoot out? Stand still in the middle and don’t dive. But everyone’s too scared to do it. Serkan Ozturk explores the psychology behind the penalty shoot out.

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Telegraph (UK) | SPORT|

Maradona felled by the hand of dog

Argentina football legend and coach Diego Maradona has had to undergo plastic surgery after being attacked by his own dog.

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The Times (UK) | SPORT|

Too late: UK Labour’s grand football plan

Government sources have floated the idea that, should Labour be voted back into office, they would wade in on behalf of the honest supporter to shake up the FA and Premier League.

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The Daily Mirror | PEOPLE & IDEAS|

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy pens an ode to David Beckham

Britain’s Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, was apparently so saddened by news that footballer David Beckham has snapped his Achilles tendon, she has written an entire poem about it: Achilles (for David Beckham).

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