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Championship Manager 01/02

Happy 17th Birthday, Championship Manager 01/02

It was actually yesterday but Championship Manager 01/02, the best football management of all time, is now 17 years old. Here is listicle of tips, players, downloads, and articles about the great game. I started playing a year after it was released. November 2002, a matter of weeks before CM4 came out (I got that […]

sweden-vs-mexico

Why do so many Swedish names end in -qvist?

The World Cup is long gone and this isn’t specifically football related but curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to know why so many Swedish names ended in -qvist. And the answer was quite interesting. Like I did with the Croatian names ending in -ić, I decided to give the Swedish World Cup […]

Ebenezer Cobb Morley

Who is Ebenezer Cobb Morley and why does he have a Google Doodle?

One English sportsman and solicitors brought his law skills to the beautiful game and his name was Ebenezer Cobb Morley. To everyone scoffing at people who call football “soccer” – stop it. The term was popularised in the US but derived from 19th century “university slang”, akin to rugby being called “rugger”. Around that time, […]

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My All-Time French/Spanish/Portuguese XI

I recently clocked 100 consecutive days on Duolingo, where I’m learning French, Spanish, and Portuguese. I did French at school until I was 13, Spanish at GCSE, and initially picked up Portuguese to prepare myself for a holiday in Lisbon last year. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this many in a row but […]

ENGLAND v NIGERIA

England vs. Nigeria (1994)

England and Nigeria had contrasting summers in 1994. Here’s what happened when they met for a friendly after USA ’94.