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Last Chance Saloon For SuperMario

August 23, 2014 by Anto

Last Chance Saloon For SuperMario
Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. That has always been a sidebar feature to Mario Balotelli as he slips away and moves on to his next adventure in football - in this instance, off to Liverpool Football Club, where it seems his quest for just the right set of circumstances or the right coach to harness his profuse talent, or even perhaps the right environment in which he can finally demonstrate what exactly is so special about him. More than anything else, however, there is a question as to whether we're talking of the player or the brand that appears more at times built to insulate him from the very self-examination that is way past overdue.


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Woodward Staring Down the Barrel

August 18, 2014 by Philip

Louis van Gaal
As the whistle blew at Old Trafford on Saturday to signal the end of the first game of the season, it also served as a reminder to Utd fans, Louis van Gaal or not, any renascent to the summit is far from guaranteed.


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Strange Football Ramblings From Post Apocalyptic Brazil

July 17, 2014 by Anto

The Procession of Doom
Legends and cliches suffer a long and excruciating death in the world of sport. We hold on to them for some form of existential comfort, a cash reserve of fail-safe altruisms and platitudes that, for all their purported well-meaning, serve as little more than an illusion of competence or possibility which obscures narrow corridors of reality. The narrative itself is a race against time, sexy headlines and deep rooted interests. The strange, the sublime and even the symbolic will conjure up bizarre figures and anointed heroes who every four years endure as evidence for those who rely on them that the theatre of the obvious still has an eject button.


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