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from Left field:

Quiet day for April Fools

April 1, 2009

I've been scouting around for some sporting April Fools but I've not spotted many good ones.

Vlog on the Pitch — Thierry Henry’s sparkling return to form

March 25, 2009

Thierry Henry did not enjoy the happiest of starts to his new life in Barcelona but it’s clicked for the Frenchman this term.

Is there a more superstitious industry than football?

March 6, 2009

After a foray into the mix zone after the English League Cup final, the injured Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe replied to one journalist who asked him why he had cut all his hair off.

Another passport probe shows system needs review

February 13, 2009

Sportspeople have been shifting nationalities to suit their careers for years, and most of it has been legal.

The sad case of Patrick Vieira

January 22, 2009

Portsmouth are interested in bringing Inter Milan’s Patrick Vieira back to England.

Why St Etienne are green with envy

November 6, 2008

If you don’t mind the sight of St Etienne glued near the bottom of the Ligue 1 table, you did not grow up in France in the 1970s.

Attack is the only way back for France

October 24, 2008

Why are France struggling so much in their World Cup qualifying campaign ?

Such a team should not have had any problems against Austria, Serbia or Romania, the three teams they’ve met so far. Yet, they only have four points and it could have been worse, as it seemed Les Bleus were in for a spanking in Romania in their last game as they were trailing 2-0 after 15 minutes.

Let’s scrap anthems before international matches

October 17, 2008

Do all Honduras fans dress like that?French politicians were outraged after the Marseillaise was booed by the large contingent of Tunisia fans before Tuesday’s friendly at the Stade de France.  

Should France keep inviting African teams to Paris?

October 16, 2008

Tunisia fansYou can understand why the French rarely invite any of their former colonies over for so-called friendly internationals. On Tuesday night they again faced a barrage of abuse in their own backyard, with the vast majority of a sell-out crowd at Stade de France coming to support Tunisia against Les Bleus.

Ronaldo and total football may not be the winning formula

June 12, 2008

Shirtless RonaldoTotal football is everywhere these days, in newspaper headlines and pub conversations. A few exciting performances from attack-minded teams at Euro 2008 and we’re back in the 1970s. Endless guitar solos, long greasy hair and flying Dutchmen.