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 ...

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

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

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

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

Floys Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto New York City Press Conference on February 28, 2012 for thier May 5, 2012 fight in Las Vegas, Nevada
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In sports there are few more provocative figures than Floyd Mayweather Jr. Everyone with a passing interest in boxing, and many besides, has an opinion on the man. To boxing fans, he is a troublesome presence. On one hand his skills have to be respected, few boxers have ever shown […]

Floyd Mayweather: Public enemy number one

Few corruption scandals in modern history have shocked a country so thoroughly to it’s core as Operation Car Wash in Brazil. In a couple of years it has thrown Brazilian society into turmoil, contributing to a political and economic crisis. Netflix has even announced a new series based on the story […]

Operation Car Wash: The scandal sending Brazil’s elite to jail

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“Corinthians is a social phenomenon that should be studied in depth” – Menotti Del Picchia You won’t find Itaquera on any postcards. This is not the Brazil that appears in travel brochures and Hollywood films. The neighbourhood, buried deep within the eastern districts of the sprawling mass that is Sao […]

Corinthians: A nation in black and white