Month: August 2013

The Loneliest Supporter In The World

Andy Robinson (Crusoe) finds himself marooned from football banter in the workplace. I am going to start off by saying that I hope you have a lot of patience and understanding because this has been a difficult feature to write. There are two main reasons for that. The subject matter in question is me and my summer and the main argument (well it isn’t really an argument – more a state of mind) doesn’t show me in a very bright light. Therefore in my defence I’d better fill you in on a bit of background information. After 26 years...

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Art Deco: Farewell To A Retiring Maestro

Rio Times sports editor Robbie Blakeley pays his respects to a retiring schemer. One of Europe’s finest playmakers of the past fifteen years, Deco, called time on his illustrious career this week, bringing the curtain down on surely one of the most imaginative players to be overlooked by his native Brazil. But whilst Deco can point to various successes at club level in Europe, his most recent side – Fluminense – only ever caught glimpses of the talent the 36-year-old possesses, as increasingly frequent injuries hampered his time at the current Brazilian champions. Having joined the club three years...

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The Week That Was: Dragon’s Roar Melts Plastics

Kieran Davies looks back on seven days of dragon’s roaring, tigers growling, and prescription drugs for Roy. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} In another fantastic week of Premier League action the performance of the week has to go to new boys Cardiff City. It was the ultimate David vs Goliath encounter that makes this league so great. Malky’s squad was built at a fraction of the cost of the glitzy Manchester City outfit...

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The Funny Old Game Caught With Its Pants Down

Richard Brook compiles incidents of officials getting hot under the collar at kit removal. If there is one thing about football that does not need to be said, it is that the rules of the game are inconsistently applied. In post match interviews managers, players and pundits are agreed: “All you want is a little bit of consistency”. Recent events have highlighted a particular area of inconsistency that is trivial, infrequent and ultimately very funny. That area is the removal of clothing on the football field. The issue of players removing their shirts, as a way of celebrating having...

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Arsene’s Army: United Front or Defecting?

Eevee’s newest writer, Michelle Sotiriou gives us her take on Arsenal’s lack of summer spending and tells us why the fans should stop criticising the manager… Yes I’m a Gooner, and immensely proud to be – even though I am witnessing one of the club’s worst crises. We, the fans of this great club, are in complete turmoil after Saturday’s defeat against Aston Villa. In fact, we are rapidly become a splintered Gooner Family. There are many who are using their twitter feeds to vent their anger at Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board. Many claim they want them...

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