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Why Anzhi may be a better bet than Chelsea

August 28, 2011

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First featured in FT The announcement by an obscure Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala, to make Samuel Eto’o the world’s highest paid footballer (and by some estimates, the highest paid athlete in modern sport) will have most commentators lamenting that football is just a game of money-men and mercenaries. But club owner, Suleiman Kerimov, has less in common with […]

Scouting For Asians: Chelsea’s search for Britain’s sub-continental football star

April 15, 2011

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In an age defined by the celebrity footballer and the X-Factor, it’s little surprise that televised football trials are fast becoming ten-a-penny on our screens. Whether it’s Wayne Rooney’s search for a ‘Street-Striker’ or Inter Milan’s hunt for Britain’s best unsigned youngster, (both screened on Sky One in the last two years), the trials and […]

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). […]

British Asians are in the stands even if the pitch remains a battle

September 26, 2010

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As clubs such as Chelsea look to develop British Asian footballers, the growing number of supporters of subcontinental origin feel at home in grounds

Why the Curse of Chelsea’s No. 7 Could Strike John Obi Mikel

September 2, 2010

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New signing Ramires is the man who can throw off the numerical albatross that simultaneously sits on his back and around the collective neck of Chelsea fans

(Don’t) Feed Nico and He Will Score: Anelka’s Ramadan Goal Rush

August 23, 2010

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How Nicolas Anelka continues to prove former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, wrong

The Sixth Sense: Computer-programmed Chelsea make child’s play of Wigan

August 23, 2010

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Wigan 0-6 Chelsea: The Latics are condemned to their second steamrollering of the season as Ancelotti's 'playstation' Chelsea continue to revel in the joy of six