Jun 7, 2014

The Allumwandlung

Briefing

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What is Wenger worth?

Arsene Wenger was brought to Arsenal by the hyper-active vice-chairman David Dein, who was later forced out of the club after conflict with his ...

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Raising a toast to ruddy Spanish soccer

Real Madrid was obsessed about the la decima. And it fulfilled its burning dream recently at the expense of city-mate Atletico. That two ...

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No let in the skulduggery

Cricket has been criss-crossed by betting, bribery and every other form of nastiness for more than two centuries and that it makes no ...

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The reforms have really paid off

The current state of German football is a testament to the hard work and the manner in which it has developed and evolved over the past decade.

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Perennial underachievers

Players such as Eusebio, Luis Figo, Pauleta and, more recently, Cristiano Ronaldo have inspired their club sides to many successes in Europe.

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When Suarez played a cruel ‘hand’

It is a patronising cliche that teams from Africa are enthusiastic and naive, but Ghana remains one of the best-drilled sides from the ...

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Soccer, a country cousin

For years, football (or soccer as it is known in the United States of America) has battled American football and baseball for prominent space ...

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Its peak was Mexico 1986

Belgian football left its mark at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, going all the way to the semi-finals. Belgium, a federal monarchy, ...

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Dip in fortunes

Following the break-up of Soviet Union in 1991, the picture has been far from rosy. Russia has progressed past the group stage in a major ...

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Football, the tool for independence

Algerians are blessed with sublime football skills and the country has acted as a nursery, too, for French soccer. Algeria, a former ...

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Heroes at home

Entering the semi-finals in 2002 and finishing fourth eventually is South Korea’s best ever performance in the big-ticket event. South ...

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When mailmen, paint-strippers, dish-washers & hearsemen played football

The heroics of unknown players and the unlikely wins of derelict teams cannot be just footnotes in the grand exercise of recording winners.

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League phase: what a finish!

When the IPL came back to India in early May, it appeared that some teams had put themselves in a precarious position in as much as some were ...

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It’s a three-horse race

Going by their sheer planning, execution and commitment, Australia, the defending champion, and two-time winners, Germany and the Netherlands, ...

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A good chance to recover lost ground

India will be hoping to get back into the top echelons of world hockey. Its performance in the 13th edition of the World Cup may well decide ...