Addicks out of FA Cup and battling relegation
11 March ~ Following Sunday's defeat by Sheffield United and the sacking of manager Chris Powell this morning, there's now a genuine fear among Charlton's fans that they could be relegated back to League One. Powell has had much to juggle this season: the pressures that follow new owners when Roland Duchâtelet, who also owns Standard Liege, completed his takeover in January, the departures of key players in Dale Stephens and Yann Kermorgant, injuries to others and, harshest of all, uncertainty surrounding his own future. It now seems he has been replaced by ex-Liege manager Jose Riga.
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Barcelona: Neymar scandal
What players do next
Art of the matchday poster
Politics & football in Ukraine
David Beckham's new club
Barnsley & Millwall – relegation rivals
A history in ten matches
As author of Inverting The Pyramid and The Anatomy Of England, both of which cast a clinical eye over the cultural shifts in football tactics over the past century, Jonathan Wilson is well placed to take the same approach to Liverpool. This insightful, highly readable book attempts to map the evolution of the club through ten specific matches. Read more
by Stephen O'Donnell
Football fiction generally has a bad reputation, which makes Paradise Road a moderately pleasant surprise. It's competently written, with likeable characters and an enjoyable plot. It's told from a range of perspectives but the loose storyline concentrates on Kevin McGarry, a Celtic fan dealing with the premature end of his own playing career and consequently seeking fulfilment following his team, socialising with his friends and family and working as a joiner for the council. Read more
The ad man who saved Brighton
Dick Knight, chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion from 1997 to 2009, would never claim to have single-handedly saved the club. Yet in this autobiography he acknowledges that he was the "leader of an army" that rescued the Seagulls, an alliance of club and fans that not only won the right to build a new stadium, but saw the team win two divisional titles and a play-off final under Knight's tenure. Read more
by Alan Buckley
Alan Buckley sits just above Matt Busby in the League Managers Association's Hall of Fame. Admittedly the list is organised alphabetically (it recognises the 18 managers who have taken charge of over 1,000 games in England) but Buckley's story is certainly worthy of closer examination. Read more
Stockholm Olympic Stadium is famous for having hosted two Olympic Games (in 1912 and Melbourne 1956 equestrian competition). With a capacity of 14,500, it's better known by football fans for being home to Swedish side Djurgardens for 77 years. In 2013, though, the club left due to UEFA and Swedish Football Association requirements and now they share the modern Tele2 Arena with Hammarby IF. For this reason, the Stockholm Olympic Stadium is unlikely to see any football played in it until further renovation.
Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 1970-71
9 March ~ A Feyenoord defender and Dutch international who scored the winning goal in the 1970 European Cup final, Israel was often shown wearing specs in training ground pictures, though they weren't used on matchdays.
7 March ~ Millwall visit Pride Park this weekend. While Derby County aim at automatic promotion, the Lions are struggling to keep themselves out of the relegation zone. Twenty years ago, both teams met in the Division One play-off semi-finals. After winning 2-0 at home, the Rams secured their ticket to the final by winning 3-1 at the Den.
6 March ~ The Division Two promotion places were tightly contested throughout the season – after a defeat at Forest in late January, Leicester dropped from first to fifth but regained top spot after their next match. They clinched the title on the final day with a 3-1 win at Brentford. Centre-forward Arthur Rowley, who got one of Leicester's goals against Bury, still holds the record for career goals in the Football League – 434 from 619 games.
6 March ~ In this region of Burundi it is highly unlucky for a cat to show its arse to you. It is quite all right if the cat ignores you in the usual way and moves away with its tail down, but if the tail goes up (see image) as it leaves, this could mean an absolute meltdown in your private life. Variously recorded in the local newspaper and in hospital records and death certificates are details of what has befallen those who have publicly seen the cat's arse. Read more
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