The Wonderful Rise of Aritz Aduriz


In a sport increasingly ruled by wealthy foreign conglomerates, exorbitant amounts of money and to quite an extent by the players themselves, Athletic Bilbao have remarkably stuck to their identity and their roots. As the Spanish league titles have lurched between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and back, with Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Deportivo La…

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Defending the Magnificence of Lionel Messi


“Vintage Messi” How many angels Can dance on the head of a pin? How magnificent Is Messi? There is no answer It’s like counting the bubbles In a bottle of Champagne “An explosion of the exceptional!” shouted Peter Drury into his microphone as Lionel Messi ghosted between 3 Bosnian defenders and caressed the ball past…

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The Puzzle That Is Iker Muniain


The story goes that a 17-year old Iker Muniain waltzed his way past a long queue and straight in front of the bouncer at a night club and asked to be let in. ”Don’t you know who I am?” ”I know who you are, you’re Iker and you’re 17-years old. Now fuck off home.” There…

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