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The hunt for Bryan Ruiz’s lost goal

I am certain this happened. Bryan Ruiz is lurking in the box, donning the white shirt of Fulham. Nonchalant air, flowing locks, every inch the man capable of going from disinterested to deadly in the blink of an eye. A deft touch, an ingenious flick; the ball arcs, almost as if wedged, over a helpless goalkeeper, stranded despite being barely off his line. Conjured from nothing, one of the most outrageous Premier League goals of all time. Except it’s nowhere to be found.

Liverpool Lockdown: How the Delaware supporter club is coping during the coronavirus

Rarely has family felt more important. This is true in a literal, practical sense – many of us are confined to a household alongside family members, making good relations a necessity in order to survive the coming weeks and months. There is also a wider sense of family, however, and it is one that highlights the important role football can play in society even when there is no sport. This is illustrated particularly clearly in Delaware, USA. One of more than 50 Official Liverpool Supporter Club

Pore through the Premier League rulebook, and you will find some crazy things

With coronavirus causing top-flight football to be suspended until at least the end of April, there is a huge degree of uncertainty as to how the current Premier League season might be concluded. ‘Season’ is defined in the rules simply as the period of time stretching from the first game of the fixture list to the last, so there is at least scope to extend the campaign beyond the summer if necessary: this seemed to be the general tone of the latest Premier League meeting. However, if this solution

Book Review: Cheers, Tears and Jeers - A History of England and the World Cup

It takes a brave and perhaps ever-so-slightly masochistic person to take on a history of England and the World Cup. Gary Thacker is that man. His book, Cheers, Tears and Jeers, provides a comprehensive account of England’s showing at every World Cup, scattering in the European Championships for good measure. It cannot be faulted for thoroughness: it unflinchingly details every tournament, mapping the often-hopeful qualifying process before delivering the hammer blow of disappointment that follo

Liverpool in the USA: The supporter groups creating slices of Anfield across America

You have to journey as far as Tennessee to find the secret to Liverpool’s success this season. Late goals against Wolves, Monterrey, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester have all proved decisive during the course of a remarkable campaign – and it turns out the Nashville Supporters Club is to thank. Jonathan Slape, president of the group, revealed a long-standing tradition: when the team needs to score late in the game, all of the assembled fans switch to drinkin

Front threes, combined XIs and Manchester United’s quest for relevance

As a younger sibling, I can understand the plight of Manchester United. Though they were founded chronologically prior to Liverpool, they share many traits with a second child. They lived for a long time in the shadows, watching on with begrudging respect tinged with envy as Liverpool conquered all before them. Even when the Red Devils’ time came, each accomplishment was tinged with the knowledge that it had all been done before – the benchmark had been set, and they were simply measuring up to

Spurs 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

Liverpool had to work for it, but a 1-0 triumph against Spurs in the capital was enough to move them an astounding 16 points clear of second-placed Leicester City. It was a determined performance from front to back, and Klopp’s men weathered some second-half scares to emerge victorious. Everybody came out of the game with credit, but there were some standout performers. Here are the player ratings: You know you’re having a good game for Liverpool when Gary Neville singles you out for praise. Th

Oliver Norwood: The long road to the top

On Boxing Day, Oliver Norwood scored his first Premier League goal. A needless Will Hughes trip on George Baldock handed the Northern Irish midfielder the opportunity to convert from the spot against Watford – he kept his nerve and slotted it into the corner like a man who has done so many times before. However, Norwood, despite gaining three consecutive promotions to the Premier League, is playing in his first ever top flight campaign. At Brighton and then Fulham, he was considered surplus to

Liverpool Football Club, champions of the world

They did it the hard way, but after 120 minutes of hard work Liverpool were crowned world champions in Doha. A stubborn Flamengo side and some questionable officiating were ultimately not enough to thwart one of the greatest club sides ever assembled, who further secured their legacy by adding another trophy to an ever-expanding collection. The Premier League leaders were made to fight for it, but they have shown time and time again that they are more than willing to do so. The official status

A-Z of the 2000s: Fernando Torres

Few names evoke the first footballing decade of the new millennium as effectively as Fernando Torres. He fits the brief irresistibly, graduating to Atlético Madrid’s first team in 2001 and peaking at Anfield prior to his 2011 departure. His subsequent move to Chelsea, short-lived stint at AC Milan, emotional return to Atlético, and intriguing swansong in Japan are more than mere footnotes in his remarkable career, but history will remember Torres as the dominant forward he was in the 2000s. Tor

Book Review: Zonal Marking by Michael Cox

When Michael Cox began writing Zonal Marking, there was little intention to turn it into a book that it is today, as acknowledged in the introduction of the book. Rather Zonal Marking morphed into this behemoth of a tactical bible from an initial plan to consider the prevalent tactics in each of Europe’s seven biggest footballing nations. In Zonal Marking, Michael Cox takes on the hugely ambitious task of mapping out the last twenty-five years of European football tactics – and comes admirably c

Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 on penalties)

A youthful-looking Liverpool team produced a hugely entertaining and faintly ridiculous tie against a typically chaotic Arsenal, eventually emerging victorious on penalties after 18-year-old Curtis Jones kept his nerve from the spot. Both defences looked out of their depth in a remarkably open encounter that at times looked set to threaten Arsenal’s own record for the number of goals in a League Cup game. Klopp’s side could at least plead their extreme youth in mitigation, but their opponents w

Liverpool and Martin Atkinson: What the stats say

Martin Atkinson caused great controversy in Sunday’s game between Liverpool and Manchester United at Old Trafford, along with a little help from VAR. The referee often seems to find himself at the centre of controversy when it comes to Liverpool – and now there are stats to show it. Atkinson failed to award a free kick for a foul on Divock Origi in the build-up to Manchester United’s goal. Replays suggested that the Belgian had been kicked, but VAR officials refused to overrule the on-field dec

The united Irish football team: a history of unique progress and dreams of resurrection

To this day, England’s record victory stands at 13-0. The rout was achieved in February 1882 against an opponent playing its first-ever international fixture: the Ireland national football team. Even following the division of Ireland in 1920, this united team would continue in some guise for another three decades. The pre-partition side was only the fourth national team to be formed, following in the wake of England, Scotland and Wales. The fledgeling state of the international scene meant that
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