Category Archives: The Leader

ROGAN TAYLOR: MOYES GETS ON HIS CYCLES

The Club which dominated the first two decades of the Premier League is suffering its worst season since the big money arrived in the form of Sky TV media rights, in 1992. Manchester United appears to have fallen off its … Continue reading

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ROGAN TAYLOR: A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

What’s intrinsically the least interesting kind of international football match to watch? Many would answer: ‘It’s the ‘friendly’ match’. It means little or nothing; often using experimental line-ups, and the entire first half team could change, with a completely new … Continue reading

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ROGAN TAYLOR: TIME TO HEAR IT FOR THE ENGLAND FANS?

Not too long ago, the build-up to any international competition involving England abroad was largely taken up with expressions of fear and loathing about what we might expect from the English fans. The tabloids especially spent more column inches on … Continue reading

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ROGAN TAYLOR: STANDING ROOM ONLY

As the 25th anniversary of Hillsborough rapidly approaches, one of the most important and deeply significant recommendations which emerged after the Inquiry into the disaster appears to be ripe for over-turning. Lord Justice Taylor’s insistence in 1990 that all the … Continue reading

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KEIR RADNEDGE: INSIDE A BUBBLE

Step outside the Organising/FIFA bubble and it’s enlightening, even touching, how worried many Brazilians appear about their hosting of the World Cup. This is a different concern to the prospects of Luiz Felipe Scolari and his squad succeeding where Zeze … Continue reading

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ROGAN TAYLOR: PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

It came as no surprise to many of us to read this week that the law-making body for the conduct of the game of football – the International Football Association Board (IFAB) – had added to its agenda for their … Continue reading

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ROGAN TAYLOR: HOW TO RUIN A GREAT COMPETITION

I’ve got three framed photos hanging in my study of me posing with a great footballer. They’re all positioned together in one spot and, though I’m no card player, I call them ‘the great prile of P’s’. There’s one of … Continue reading

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KEIR RADNEDGE: TURNING BACK THE CLOCK

Nostalgia is one of the most evocative emotions to breathe life into sporting endeavour. Heroes of yesteryear stand proudly frozen in time, their achievements – grand victories and brave defeats – represent an immovable iceberg of stability beneath today’s fast-melting, … Continue reading

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ROGAN TAYLOR: THERE’LL BE NO FOOTBALL AFTER THE REVOLUTION

Given the general mayhem and violence in Egypt these days, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the overall impact on football of the collapse of the Mubarak dictatorship has been nothing short of disastrous. Maybe in the … Continue reading

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KEIR RADNEDGE: FIFA MUST BE GETTING SOMETHING RIGHT

When the headlines were all about cash for votes in World Cup and presidential campaigns then the British media was crawling all over Zurich: local hoteliers grew fat on block bookings from London-based television and radio crews and newspaper reporters. … Continue reading

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