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Embattled Barça pin hopes on captain
Embattled Barça pin hopes on captain
The first El Clásico of the season kicks off when Barcelona meet Real Madrid on Saturday, and for two players at opposite ends of their careers...
Slice Of Life: 'I have no choice but to work hard for my son'
Slice Of Life: 'I have no choice but to work hard for my son'
“I don’t ever want to get married. I like to be single – I want to be independent. But I have a 12-year-old boy, Tefo. Eish, and I’m so proud...
Percy's golden boot wows Portugal
Percy's golden boot wows Portugal
He is fearless on the football field and when he runs with the ball it seems as though it is glued to his feet. He is speedy, agile and displays...
Where West Africa's hopes go to die
Where West Africa's hopes go to die
Many young, aspiring footballers see professional football, a multibillion-dollar global industry, as a pathway out of poverty.
'Downs' coach is realising the goal he set out for Bafana
'Downs' coach is realising the goal he set out for Bafana
When I was 12 years old, my father unloaded a pile of books on me, which a librarian at the local mobile library was kind enough to give to him. One...
​#SliceofLife: Erin Marney bends it like Beckham on the Under 11 soccer field
​#SliceofLife: Erin Marney bends it like Beckham on the Under 11 soccer field
It was prize-giving night at my school and we were told that our soccer team had to attend. I knew that meant we were going to get something – an...
Sundowns set to sweat when they challenge White Knights in Cairo
Sundowns set to sweat when they challenge White Knights in Cairo
Mamelodi Sundowns go from the freeze of a highveld winter to temperatures brushing up to 40°C amid the...
A sad loss but Wales are still winners
A sad loss but Wales are still winners
As Gareth Bale and his Wales team-mates bade farewell to Euro 2016, a commonly expressed hope was that their achievements in France would represent a...
Pundits recall Gentle Giant John Charles as Wales face Portugal in Euro 2016 semis
Pundits recall Gentle Giant John Charles as Wales face Portugal in Euro 2016 semis
Not to be confused with pianist Ray Charles or golfer Bob Charles, John Charles was one of the finest footballers of his generation. For anyone...
Bale the joker in the happy Wales 'holiday'
Bale the joker in the happy Wales 'holiday'
Wales manager Chris Coleman promised that his team were not coming to Euro 2016 “for a laugh”, but his players have been having the time of...
Success beckons resilient Sundowns
Success beckons resilient Sundowns
Mamelodi Sundowns got back-door entry into the group phase of the African Champions League and, to their credit, have grabbed at the opportunity, now...
​With the ‘War Pig’ leading the way, Belgian eyes are blazing at Euro 2016
​With the ‘War Pig’ leading the way, Belgian eyes are blazing at Euro 2016
In 1990, aged 21, Marc Wilmots was the youngest member of the Belgian World Cup squad in Italy. As the team’s mascot, he could only watch as...

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