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Badge of the week ~ South African FA

SouthAfrica150Only a week after the founder members of the South African Football Association had sat for their inaugural meeting...

Get with the programme ~ Stockport v Workington

StockportvWorkington380Two struggling north-west stalwarts of the old Fourth Division met at Edgeley Park in a bid to slap a layer of gloss on what would turn out to be mainly unremarkable campaigns for both clubs. Stockport prevailed, and went on to reach the third round

FIFA's new presidential candidate

346 FIFABy Dave Robinson, from WSC 345

WSC 346 out now

wsc346- Wales back in the big time
- Football & steel in Middlesbrough
- Howard Kendall remembered
- The old-fashioned amateurs
- Advice from Alex Ferguson
- The minnows of Madrid

Spain Under-21 own goal

Jones to Beckham: the evolution of tattooed players

icon weakteamIt’s now almost compulsory for any self-styled “edgy” character to sport body tapestries, but actual football tattoos tend to be for the fans

The pitfalls of switching allegiance to bigger clubs

icon bigteamsOne Grimsby Town fan’s confession about a short-lived affair with Manchester United, and why despite being impressed by Old Trafford, it never felt quite right

Research shows why football is vulnerable to corruption

icon brokenballA report by Transparency International highlights the lack of public information on activities and financial dealings by FAs around the world

First Romani player gets headstone after campaign

icon japanballRabbi Howell, who was born in a gypsy encampment in Dore, was a key part of Sheffield United’s title-winning 1898 team before moving to Liverpool

Concern in Chile with coach’s future unclear

icon fansconfusedThe head of the Chilean Football Federation resigned during their 3-0 defeat in Uruguay, reportedly because of his invovlement in the FBI's FIFA investigation

Hull fans finally recognise David Meyler's value

icon strikerThe midfielder has played an important role for Hull City throughout Steve Bruce's time in charge but has only just got his own song from the fans

Italy’s reputation for goalless draws a distant memory

icon nilnilThe Premier League now has more 0-0 scorelines throughout a season than Serie A, signalling the shifting mentality of Italian domestic football

On this day in history ~ Division One, 1953

D1 RESULTS 141115Wolves close the gap to league-leaders West Brom while Liverpool slide towards relegation

Sweden and Denmark shadows of 1990s heyday

icon bristolhullThe Danish gameplan against Sweden on Saturday will focus on stopping Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but neither team will set Europe alight next summer

Hungary have a lot to lose in Euro 2016 play-offs

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Hungary's qualifying campaign saw plenty of upheaval, with three managers in charge, but they could still reach France next year with victory over Norway in the play-offs

German fans’ ticket boycotts proving effective

icon ticketpricesBayern Munich fans are pushing for fair pricing in UEFA club competitions after various German supporters' domestic boycotts made an impact

Egomania reigns when scorers taunt opposition fans

icon goal1Jamie Vardy’s goal celebration in front of the West Brom supporters was ungracious but understandable as a moment of personal victory

London Sports Writing Festival 2015 next weekend

icon mondayEvent will include interviews, discussions and book signings with authors such as Michael Calvin, John Cross, Amy Lawrence, Ronald Reng and Henry Winter


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