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The Club World Cup may be little more than an afterthought in the UK, but in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, it will be required viewing as Porto Alegre’s Grêmio get ready to play Real Madrid.  When it comes to the Club World Cup, the gulf in […]

Club World Cup 2017: Grêmio look to pull off the ...


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To those who watch boxing once in a blue moon, the names Vasily Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux may not mean a great deal. But to the sports’ diehards, the fight between the two men on Saturday represents one of the most intriguing match ups of the year, if not the […]

Lomachenko v Rigondeaux: “The best professional fight ever made”


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With England set to discover who they will face in the group stages of next year’s World Cup in Russia on Friday, the general mood at home remains resigned. However, off the back of decent performances against arguably the world’s best teams, are there some reasons for a little optimism?  […]

Looking for hope as the World Cup draw approaches




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Around the turn of the 21st Century, South America was in crisis. Widespread poverty and economic collapse had created an angry backlash against the dominant free market policies of the 90s. Out of this rose the “pink tide,” a series of left wing movements that swept to power across the […]

The Pink Tide on trial: How the dream of South ...


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Last night saw the final European game ever to be held at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón stadium, the club’s home since 1967. With a spirited but ultimately doomed last stand against their gilded city rivals, it was a fitting tribute to a club that prizes its underdog identity above glory. […]

“Proud not to be like you;” Atlético go down fighting



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Economic uncertainty. A deeply divided public. A shockingly widespread lack of faith in the institutions fundamental to democracy. As the winds of change and discontent sweep across the world, Britain finds itself facing fundamental and unprecedented challenges. But as ominous storm clouds form on the horizon, a pitifully inadequate political […]

Britain’s politicians offer slogans but no answers


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In an era in which boxing has increasingly become a niche form of entertainment, defined more by controversy and hype than by the spectacle of the sport itself, Saturday’s epic bout was a revelation.  In the wake of Ali and Frazier’s bout in Manilla in 1975, Hugh McIlvanney, the masterful Scots […]

Joshua v Klitschko: Instant classic recalls bygone era


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Haye v Bellew: The Preview Tonight at the O2 Arena in London, card starts at 6pm, main event around 10pm So here we go again. It’s the eve of another “British super fight” as Sky Sports has been aggressively insisting at every opportunity. This evening David Haye, former WBA heavyweight […]

Haye v Bellew Preview



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In May 1993 an emotional Brian Clough waved goodbye to Nottingham Forest’s City Ground. His Forest team had just lost 2-0 to Sheffield United and been relegated to the Second Division. Clough had already announced his retirement before the game. It was a sad farewell to a man who had […]

Claudio Ranieri: The fairy tale’s over