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Celtic and Rangers; A Rivalry Moulded by Politics

More known for his tactical musings and statistical nerdery on Twitter, Politics degree holder Dougie Wright looks at how the political aspects of the rivalry between the two big Glasgow clubs evolved and whether in modern times it has transferred over into other causes and cultural allegiances.   Football and politics are strange bedfellows. In…

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I Expect You to Save; Introducing a new model to rate shot-stopping in the SPFL.

A life-long member of the Goalkeepers Union, Christian Wulff uses advanced stats to introduce a new method of measuring the shot-stopping performances of the goal custodians in the SPFL Premiership.   In a past life I was a goalkeeper. I was OK. Slow, not a great jump and quite the liability at crosses. But my…

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Football under National Socialism

Physical exercise and competition played a major role in Nazi Germany in the efforts to spread its hateful propaganda and racial ideologies.  Football was a willing participant in the enforcement of discrimination and anti-Semitism, but as Ryan Clarke explores, Hitler would find out personally that this was one sport where the outcome could not be…

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Dr. Strangeleagues or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the SPFL Split

Thought the SPFL Premiership league structure was complicated? You’ve seen nothing yet. Jamie Kilday uses all his brain cells to try to understand some of the other alternatives  in European football and discovers that SPFL Split might not be that bad after all…   This season is the eighteenth year of ‘The Split’ and I’d…

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Fan Ownership; Saving the Soul of Irish Football

With a league often shrouded in mismanagement and financial difficulties, football in Ireland are seeing growing signs of supporters getting involved in the ownership of their clubs, with a big focus on charity work in the local community. The Cynical’s Irish football correspondent Ryan Clarke explores how this new model has reignite new hope for…

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