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Hats & Gunners

Arsenal fans at Highbury, 1933. (Via @TerraceImages)

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Before 1933, football had been dominated by the workers’ sports clubs, which counted 700,000 members, and by the 240,000-strong Catholic clubs. Although the German Labour Front rapidly absorbed them and the Nazis reorganized the whole structure of the football leagues, … Continue reading

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The problem with football

Silly question, I know, but why was Sam Allardyce being paid £3 million a year in the first place? Couldn’t he have got by on a little less? Shouldn’t it be an honour to be England manager? Stan Collymore has … Continue reading

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Watching a game on television, or even with friends, is like listening in on some serious literary criticism: ‘un passaggio sopraffino, filigrana’ (‘an extra-fine filigree pass’) or else ‘un passaggio sincopato, che splendore ritmico’ (‘a syncopated passage of play, what … Continue reading

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Blind optimism meets reality. This clip of Steve McLaren during last night’s game  is the perfect summing-up of media coverage of the England team at every tournament in the past 50 years. Hilarious. [Thanks, Krish]

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Man of destiny

Hollow laughter rings out in the secondhand bookshop.

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Two tribes

One of my favourite football photos. Sunderland and Newcastle United fans confront each other on derby day at Roker Park, 1980. [Via @TerraceImages]

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Oddities, sporting & cinematic

James Fallows proves he is fallible after all by confessing that he doesn’t like football. One of his readers – an American based in Europe – agrees. He’s being ironic, I think: American football is very “American” in the good … Continue reading

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The best football photograph I’ve seen in a long, long time (and a rare sighting of an old-fashioned V-sign.) John Terry vs West Ham fans, December 2014. Credit: Action Images. HT @jetfury

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The football stadium is one of the few really large constructions that turns its wrong side out. The oval bowl excludes the world, reserves its mysteries for initiates. The TV cannot violate it, cannot even begin to catch it. It’s … Continue reading

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