Stories about football

When street children can don national colours to represent Pakistan

It was a sweltering Saturday afternoon, when a group of young street children stopped to watch another group of children play football on a playground in New Karachi. The sport had captured their young imagination and they looked at the game longingly. The coach noticed these children – who were seemingly returning from garbage collection – and asked them to join in the football practice. They rushed forth with excitement and realised that the children they were playing with were ‘street children’ as well. This made them feel comfortable and so they played their hearts out. This was a practice session of Street Strikers Football ...

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French Ligue 1: A new era for AS Monaco Football Club?

Money, top class football, and talented football players – these are some of the things that French side Association Sportive de Monaco, or simply AS Monaco, is now known for. The team which was relegated two seasons ago from the French Ligue 1 has come back with relish after spending two seasons in the lower division of French football. Having been relegated following the 2010-11 season, Monaco struggled to clinch first place in their first season of the Ligue 2 of the 2011-12 season. However, in the 2012-13 season AS Monaco came back ten times stronger to dominate the Ligue 2 contenders ...

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Beckham: An extraordinarily charismatic but, at most, an ‘ordinary’ player

David Beckham has finally drawn curtains on his glamorous 21-year career. Notice the word “glamorous” in my opening sentence and the absence of a single word about football. I won’t shy away from saying I did that on purpose because the notion I’m going to present in my piece here is something that has divided the opinion of the footballing world throughout the glittery career of the former England captain. Have you ever wondered what would happen if Imran Khan didn’t look like he did or didn’t have a charming personality? Would he still have the crazy fan following that ...

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Unpredictable and unforgettable

For those of you who watched Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell speech at Old Trafford, I think it would be fair to say that it was an emotional  experience. For those of you that didn’t, well, ‘Google it’ – it’s worth your time. He begins his speech by saying that he has “got no script in mind” and he is “going to ramble.” I guess what he didn’t realise was that it was this so-called rant that made his speech so poignant. He states, “The players… I wish the players every success in the future. You know how good you are, you know ...

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Champions League 2013: Madrid in search for their Decima

After a short break the UEFA Champions League returns with some nail biting ties for the semi finals. The draws in Nyon, Switzerland, resulted in a Germany versus Spain for the last knock out round of the competition. It all kicks off at Allianz Arena when the German giants host Barcelona. Both the teams have dominated their leagues where Bayern Munich has already won theirs becoming the fastest team to have won the league in the four biggest leagues (Italy, Germany, Spain and England) while Barcelona is closing in on theirs. Both the clubs have a lot in common, starting ...

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UEFA Champions League: Will we witness another El Clásico?

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League semi-final on Friday may have brought a feel of fear in the hearts of Blaugrana fans, after they drew against the mighty,title-hungry German side, Bayern Munich. Having a star-studded side, Bayern Munich has a great chance of getting through to the final of Europe’s most elite competition. On the other hand, FC Barcelona, which is pretty much injury struck, will not let go of this pulsating tie that easily. FC Barcelona has sent their message directly to all the teams in competition after they overturned the two-goal deficit against AC Milan at Camp Nou ...

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Barcelona versus Paris Saint Germain: Are we in for something special?

As the season comes to a close and league winners become apparent, Europe’s illustrious competition, the Champions League still hangs in the balance. After the first leg of the quarter finals, some have already progressed to the next round, but little has happened that was of the unexpected. The first leg clash between Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) resulted in a 2-2 draw in Paris. PSG was lucky to grab an equaliser at a crucial point in time. However, the French still have to travel to the port city for the return leg and have gotten themselves trapped in an uphill task. At this ...

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Who do you prefer, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

Fate wasn’t so kind to the two of the most talented and exciting footballers in history when it decided to send them together to set the world of football on fire. I can foresee regular space for them in the leading newspapers around the world for decades to come. Comparisons have been drawn between the two of them ever since they started playing and will continue to be drawn long after they hang up their boots. I am sure we all know who I am talking about, its Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Their names are synonymous with their clubs ...

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Manchester United versus Real Madrid left red mist rising

Manchester United 1 – 2 Real Madrid (2-3 on aggregate) Prologue: The script was written for another magical night of European football at the “Theater Of Dreams.” The Red Devils lay in wait as the Spanish armada sailed into Manchester bearing their prodigal son, more commonly known as Ronaldo, for the return leg of their clash. However, neither the magic of the night nor the mania of Ronaldo’s return was to take centre stage. A hasty revision had been made; the story line altered the plot thrown asunder. A rollercoaster game that began with the sheer disbelief at Wayne Rooney’s omission from the ...

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English Premier League: Predicting the final league table

Like every year, we are in for a great end to the English Premier League saga. With clubs competing at several avenues this year, it will be a rather stressful, nail-biting finish to see which of these secure elite positions at the league table. The big spender Manchester City is trying to shift in top gear after securing a win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium. This is being done in an attempt to bridge the gap between them and their namesake, leading Manchester United. The table leaders, Manchester United, have only lost one league home game (against Tottenham Hotspur) this season and are in ...

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