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- Bosnia: war to World Cup
- Brazil 2014 protest plans
- Season review 2013-14
- Happy England: the Mercer era
- Say no to Premier League B
- Adidas boot revolution

Predatory instincts Adidas boots
"The first time I saw a pair of Adidas Predators was in 1994, when a team-mate in my Saturday league side rushed towards me in a panic moments before kick-off, whispering: 'Look, their striker's wearing those new boots.' The implication was that anyone wearing a pair would be able to bend the ball in the top corner from pretty much anywhere. This was down to the boots being covered in rubber fins, which were supposed to provide better grip and control of the ball as well as more swerve and power when shooting. Some of my team-mates were dismissive of the boots because the player wearing them wasn't able to channel his inner Romário and score a hatful of outrageous goals." Buy here to read the full article

329 MOTMQueens Park Rangers 1 Derby County 0

Experience beats youth to the Premier League
"One of football's greatest qualities is the number of ways two teams can go about achieving the same thing. This season's Championship play-off final is a case in point, offering the kind of duel that has become common in the mega-owner era. A rich, but unexciting and functional side full of internationals face an energetic, youthful and inexperienced team put together for a tiny fraction of their opponents' budget." Buy here to read the full article

Begging for Mercer England's successful caretaker
"Joe Mercer's opening line to the England squad upon his appointment as caretaker manager on May 1, 1974 ("I never wanted the bloody job in the first place") was a typically self deprecating line from one of football's most genial managers. His follow up – "Let's at least bloody well smile, eh lads?" – encapsulates his 36-day interregnum in charge of the national team, sandwiched between Alf Ramsey's desperate final days and the angst-ridden Don Revie era." Buy here to read the full article

329 DykeQuality commission FA's plan B
"Two key questions emerge from the fallout of Greg Dyke's FA Commission report seeking to strengthen the England team. The first is why it has received such a hostile reaction from the Premier League (though not some of their clubs), the Football League, the Conference, fan groups and journalists if it was compiled on the back of 650 interviews and submissions, as has been claimed. The second is to wonder what the recommendations suggest about the power struggle going on within the English game." Buy here to read the full article


Taking on racism in Spain
France's female coach
Birmingham's background chaos
Edinburgh woe as Hibs and Hearts go down
Protecting non-League players
Harry Pearson on closing the north-east's "goalfields"
Focus on World Cup 1950 in Brazil
Atlético Madrid weren't the underdogs they made out
Dudelange's Luxembourg domination
Spartak Moscow eye return to the top
Even the most loyal player doesn't deserve fireworks
Ex-pros who have turned to art
When Scotland's kids nearly won something
Decline of stars dropping into non-League
Boom reviews: Mourinho's Madrid traumas, Conference impressions, Cortina display, Pirlo wisdom

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