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THE MISSION: Enter the world of Football Manager 2017 and…well…just try as hard as you can, eh?  THE CATCH: This game is really difficult. Alex Stewart has already washed his hands of Liverpool and while the first season brought a Champions League…

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Find a subject I first emailed Stephen Constantine in September 2010. I was organising a football tour to Nepal (a long story) and remembered, years earlier, reading about an Englishman who managed their national team in the late 1990s. I found Stephen’s…

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What happens when one of Football Manager’s most hapless strategists takes a break from football and applies himself to world history? Can a man who failed so miserably with Everton perform any better when bestowed with immortality and granted complete…

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On a baking Wednesday two weeks ago, two teams of journalists, YouTubers, and bloggers duked it out on Sutton United’s unforgiving 3G pitch (just ask my legs) while Opta, collectors and distributors of sports data, observed and recorded the match action…

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On 13th April 2014, there was no doubt whatsoever that Liverpool would finally win the Premier League. That was the day they beat Manchester City, and watching the game from the upper echelons of the Kop was about a perfect an advert for football fandom…

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THE MISSION: Enter the world of Football Manager 2017 and…well…just try as hard as you can, eh?  THE CATCH: This game is really difficult. Alex Stewart has already washed his hands of Liverpool and while the first season brought a Champions League…

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Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Matt Derbyshire. In the style of a primary-school verbal reasoning test, what is the theme behind the sequence? Time up. The answer is they were the top Englishmen in the 2016/17 European Golden Shoe rankings. The first two’s…

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Until the final moments of Ostersunds FK’s Europa League win over Galatasaray last Thursday, the best thing ever to happen to Jamie Hopcutt in football was being released by York City. It was an inauspicious start to a career that has been on an upward…

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THE MISSION: Enter the world of Football Manager 2017 and…well…just try as hard as you can, eh?  THE CATCH: This game is really difficult. Alex Stewart has already washed his hands of Liverpool and while the first season brought a Champions League…

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There can be something inspiring about the uninspiring. In the same way we naturally root for the underdog, it’s possible to retrospectively have a fuzzier feeling about a player who, at the time, may have caused a collective shrug. The unglamorous…
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