Vardy’s story an inspiration in trying times

“Even now there are moments when I shake my head at the madness of it all — going from the factory floor and playing Sunday morning pub football with my mates, to scoring for my country against the World Cup winners in Berlin. It’s the stuff of dreams. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, some doubted that I was capable, and at times I was probably guilty of not helping myself, but nobody can question my passion for football or my commitment once I set foot on the pitch.”…

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Swiss prosecutor launches criminal probe of FIFA chief Infantino

A Swiss special prosecutor has launched criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino, authorities in Switzerland said Thursday, as part of an investigation into suspected collusion between him and the country’s Attorney General, Michael Lauber. In a statement, authorities said special prosecutor Stefan Keller “has reached the conclusion that…there are indications of criminal conduct” in relation to meetings between Infantino, Lauber and another official, Rinaldo Arnold. “This concerns abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, assisting offenders and incitement to these acts,” the authorities said. Infantino has not denied…

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Where does Liverpool’s title-breaking drought rank among recent broken title droughts?

Liverpool has finally won the Premier League. It has been years of suffering and seasons of close finishes but ultimately resulting in failure. The drought is now over and the Liverpool faithful can rejoice. The new decade has already started with a team getting over the hump and eliminating what seemed to be a curse of some kind. Where does Liverpool rank among the other teams that have overcame their choking demons in recent years? Many teams have recently erased years of anguish and we see the same joy and…

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How Sports will change in a Covid-19 post world

The sporting action has resumed after months of shut down but is not yet completely up and running. There are a lot questions to be answered, a lot of qualms of how things should be taken forward or whether the players and all those involved are already being risked after and put into the sporting arenas too early. Everyone is waiting for the medical breakthrough, a vaccine for the coronavirus. But, the wait continues. Here we try and look into the covid-19’s implications on sports, the inevitable challenges and by…

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Lazio rely on luck and Luis Alberto’s sorcery to keep title hopes alive

t’s alive!” The front page of Sunday’s Corriere dello Sport shrieked out like Doctor Frankenstein at the awakening of his creature. As late as 10pm the previous evening it had seemed one of the most compelling Serie A title races in years was coming to a premature end. And then, with a jolt, it wasn’t. The newspaper gave credit to a Spanish sorcerer. Luis Alberto – Il Mago, as they know him in Rome – had scored the winning goal as Lazio came from behind to beat Fiorentina, dragging his team back to within…

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Why Phil Foden won’t be constrained by usual shackles on England players

There’s a game you can play that involves listing the most random internet voice to have brought you a disproportionately grave piece of world news. This is something that happens more and more at a time when just having internet access means everyone, everywhere is suddenly a source of breaking news. And so we get to hear about the abdication of the Queen via a retweet from the bass player in Shed Seven, or discover Europe is about to be consumed by a tsunami through a trending online spat between…

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Messi’s exit imminent?

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his current deal expires in 2021, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena Ser on Friday. The report said Messi and his father had begun discussing renewing his last deal with the club but that he no longer wishes to stay at the Camp Nou. The report added that Messi is angry about leaked reports that appeared to make him responsible for events at the…

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