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There are some professions in which a person can continue to work well into their golden years. Entertainers in particular seem immune to any sort of professional ageism, and while actresses might bemoan the lack of good roles for older women, it’s not as though they’re being forced to retire and shunted off to a retirement home. Older women can flourish in other areas of the entertainment industry, and at the age of 55, Madonna was the highest paid musician in the world, with a tour that grossed more than …

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in our sights we’ll take a look at the new FIFA World Cup Ball dubbed the ‘Brazuca’ and go through the history of FIFA World Cup Balls dating back to 1930.
The first ever World Cup Ball was used between Argentina and Uruguay at the 1930 FIFA World Cup and won by the latter in the final where both teams supplied one ball for each half. First made out of 12-piece leather construction the balls weighed about two to three times what they are …

“I’ve always said I don’t like diving. He deserved to get booked. I don’t want any of my players diving; I don’t want anybody doing it.” David Moyes has been scrutinised, analysed and accused of being a bad manager since he took up the reins at Old Trafford, but his stance on diving should be applauded as he comes towards his first Christmas as manager of one of largest clubs in world football. It’s hard to remember a time when another manager of one of Europe’s finest clubs took such …

The final draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place on the 6th December, with the pots being announced sometime in early December. The seeding for the draw is based on the October 2013 FIFA World Ranking, and the teams will be arranged in 4 pots based on both seeding and geographical location. It has been confirmed that Pot 1 will contain Brazil, being the host team, as well as the top 7 ranked teams. Judging by previous years, the other pots will be sorted geographically, so we can have a …

 
Football coaching or participation is, like society and other forms of education, driven by results and the will to succeed. As such, when applying this simple logic to the game itself, mirrored in day to day life, relentless competition undoubtedly deters many from participating.
As with school life, not being successful is an easy way to get a child to stop engaging with something. It doesn’t matter whether it is maths or football. If a child doesn’t feel good at something, then they won’t enjoy it.
This presents a problem, in that …

Top flight Colombian club Independiente Santa Fe forgot to bring their away kits in a clash against Boyaca Chico with meant the club had to wear counterfeit kits.
Hosts Boyaca Chico refused to change their kits to resolve the colour clash which resulted in Independiente Santa Fe wearing grey training tops with squad numbers with tape on the back of the shirts to represent numbers for the first half. However the players sweated off the numbers so they played the second half in unofficial £4 shirts after a staff member …

A famous manager once said:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, England will be playing 4-4-f*****g-2”
But for youngsters out there willing to become professional footballers, the 4-4-2 formation may end up being a thing of the past by the time they get to playing.
The modern football team seem to have adopted this new style of play of a 4-2-3-1; 4 defenders, 2 holding midfielders, 3 attacking midfielders and wingers and a lone centre forward. And to be honest, I can see the appeal. You’ve got your solid back four, which will be covered by …

Football and innovation tend to go hand in hand. Without technology, it’s fair to say that the sport would look very different to what is played out in stadia and on TV screens worldwide. Technology and a series of rules introduced through time have changed the sport to what it is today – here are five such innovations which have transformed the sport for better or worse:
The offside rule
Almost as old as the game itself, the offside rule has caused controversy over the decades, and has been amended in order …

Transfer deadline day proved to be as dramatic as ever with lots of club records being broken, some late shocks and as always in football there was plenty of drama and controversy.
The first deal on the big day came from Stoke after they announced the signing of Marko Arnautovic only two minutes into the day (Mirror.co.uk). The winger joined the Potters from Werder Bremen on a four year contract and Mark Hughes sounded happy to add the Austrian to his squad. I don’t know a lot about the winger but …

I’ve considered writing a blog for awhile now but I’ve never really got round to putting words on a page. I stopped myself for so long as I’m not a particularly good writer, plus I’m not sure my opinion actually holds much water. It was only around 14/15 months ago I took an interest in women’s football so I’m still a novice in the world of Women’s Footy. It probably doesn’t help that I’ve only actually attended three matches, although I could literally add two zeros to the end of …