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Chechnya: An exercise in footballing public relations

March 25, 2011

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First featured in The Alligator ‘Stranger than fiction’ is an over-used epithet when it comes to football. Predictably, it was the first phrase that popped into my head when hearing that Ruud Gullit’s latest managerial post would see him report directly to ex-Chechen warlord, Ramzan Kadyrov (‘stranger than drug-induced-fantastical-nonsense’ is perhaps more accurate in this case). […]

Football Finally Comes Home to Palestine

March 13, 2011

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Amongst the all too familiar barrage of reports detailing attacks, reprisals and bombings that emanate daily from the Palestinian authorities, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that last week marked a momentous step for Palestinian recognition in the eyes of the international sporting community: For the first time in their history, the Palestinian national football […]