THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

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With John Motson soon to retire, the age of distinctive commentators’ voices has ended. In their place are a group of estate agentesque safe choices

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Fluffed penalties, late goals and becoming the first nation to be eliminated from the World Cup finals without losing – Scotland are the best at missing out

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The cliched “real” fan in the stands used by marketers to sell the game do not really exist – there are as many types of fan as there are fans

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Few football men can be claimed to have died as a result of their desire for power and few have had as lasting an impact as Herbert Chapman, as Barney Ronay explains

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Examining how the phrase came to be so commonplace tells us a lot about the way in which the sport developed and spread around the world

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It was thought criminals would not dare attempt to fix a top-level match, but IFK Gothenburg v AIK Stockholm was targeted and the authorities’ response has been swift

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Tottenham’s struggles at the national stadium follow similar problems for Arsenal in the late 1990s, but blaming it on pitch size is rubbish

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With Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves gone, and Alex Sandro potentially on his way, cracks are showing in the champions from which Napoli could benefit

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Too old to daydream about scoring the winner in the Cup final? There was always a lottery win and buying the club to occupy you mind, but not any more

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Being paid to play football all day might sound like a great job to most of us, but for many players training sessions are seen as an unbearable chore