Was Italy’s World Cup exit a surprise?

Monday was a sad night for Italian football. Firstly, Italy said ‘arrivederci’ to the World Cup, failing to make the tournament for the first time since 1958. Furthermore, a number of legends - Leonardo Bonucci, Daniele De Rossi, Andrea Barzagli and Gianluigi Buffon - played their last match for the

World Cup Play-offs: eight national teams, eight key players

Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Croatia, Greece, Sweden, Italy, Denmark and Republic of Ireland are the eight european teams fighting for the last four placements that give access to the World Cup next year. The play-offs start this Thursday and as in every knockout stage played in two legs, teams are unlikely

Martial Arts in football

After last Thursday’s Europa League fixtures, nobody was talking about football and how good or bad the matches were. The topic that took football fans and the media’s attention was Patrice Evra and his kick to the head of a Marseille fan before Marseille’s game against Vitória de Guimarães in Portugal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8luLHsh-VIE Consequently, UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the former Juventus and Manchester United player. The

Why English fans should welcome Video Assistant Referee

If you opened this article expecting me to say that Video Assistant Referee – commonly called VAR – is going to solve all your problems, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I won’t. Unfortunately, VAR is not the solution to eradicating all mistakes in football – if you think like that, I’m sure you are going to consider it to be a fail soon. By the

China: another planet in the world of football

Football is on the rise in China, with more and more players coming from Europe to join the Chinese Super League. But is China really developing its national football? Or does investment stop at buying up international talent? José Bourbon spoke to Ricardo Figueiredo – a young Portuguese coach currently working at the

Marina Izidro, correspondent of SporTV in London, talked with Sports Gazette – Part 2

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After a presentation to the MA in Sports Journalism students of St Mary’s University, Sports Gazette talked with Marina Izidro. A former St Mary’s student, Marina is currently a London correspondent for SporTV, the biggest sports channel in Brazil. How was it to cover events like the World Cup and

Marina Izidro, correspondent of SporTV in London, talked with Sports Gazette – Part 1

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After a presentation to the MA in Sports Journalism students of St Mary’s University, Sports Gazette talked with Marina Izidro. A former St Mary’s student, Marina is currently a London correspondent for SporTV, the biggest sports channel in Brazil. Marina talked about many sporting and social issues like the difference in

UEFA Nations League: all you need to know

The UEFA Nations League is a new competition officially confirmed by the governing body of European football last Wednesday, 20th September. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about this new tournament. When does it start? September 6th, 2018. Who will play? 55 European national teams. How does it work? The competition is split into