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Where talent still trumps background

This article is from the 8th edition of The Cynical, our free online magazine.   DOWNLOAD THE CYNICAL HERE: EPUB FORMAT  (great for iBooks and other e-readers) PDF FORMAT   Against the backdrop of another football extravaganza, the 2018 World Cup in Russia encouraged deeper soul-searching for the sport. Amidst the media frenzy – and…

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Class Acts | How inequality is tearing European football apart

This article is from the 8th edition of The Cynical, our free online magazine.   DOWNLOAD THE CYNICAL HERE: EPUB FORMAT  (great for iBooks and other e-readers) PDF FORMAT   In a sport where its supporters have and are still experiencing classism in several forms, Eoin Coyne looks at the grim parallels of  modern society…

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To Colt or Not To Colt; The Norwegian Experience

Whether top flight teams in Scotland should be allowed to play their colt teams in the lower tiers of the SPFL is the very emotive question that has intensified in recent weeks. Christian Wulff has spoken to two Norwegian football experts to see how a similar system has worked there and what their recommendation for…

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Yer Da’s European Cup

Whether implied or overtly, the opinion of ‘it was all better before’ is never far away from any discussion on modern football. Through the frame of rose-tinted nostalgia, everything to do with football was superior in past, football being destroyed my one horrible modern change after the other. When it comes to European club football,…

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I Don’t Support Scotland. Please, Don’t Hate Me

  Sunday 8th October 2017, 6.29pm. Slovenia have just scored a second goal, all but ending Scotland’s hopes of qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. I watch the Tartan Army on the television, their hands atop their respective heads in grim acceptance that – once again – their national team will fail to…

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UEFA’s Independent Thought Alarm

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell It’s an inherently Scottish trait to tend towards pessimism; to look for the depraved in an otherwise gleaming ocean of positivity. Thus, after the Invincible Treble and credible Champions League performance from…

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