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Hugo Steckelmacher

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Hugo Steckelmacher has loved football since he can remember - indeed, his mother often jokes that he kicked so much as a baby due to his eagerness to get out of the womb and play football! Of German-Jewish descent, a rocky love-affair with Tottenham began at a young age, and his favourite players as a child were Nick Barmby and Gary Mabbutt. At the age of ten, he began to watch La Liga football and fell in love with the league and especially with the "juego bonito" of the two biggest clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Now living in Barcelona, Hugo regularly [sic] writes on La Liga and Tottenham.

Footballer Nicknames РPel̩, Pibe de Oro, Gazza, Becks, Zizou: A Century of Diminutives

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Don't call me Hugo any more. I'm English, don't you know? So you have to change my name. At school, P.E. teachers insisted on...

Ramos to play Football Manager this summer, what will Tottenham look like next season?

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After a turbulent season as replete with failure as success — an extremely disappointing league position and a whimpering exit from the UEFA Cup...

Football Fanzines – the perfect way to get your voice heard

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First off, as a sort of disclaimer I would like to start off by conceding that I am by no means an expert on...

Keeping the Bench Warm — The Trials & Tribulations of Back-Up Goalkeepers

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For one reason or another, this season has seen a number of long-suffering back-up goalkeepers finally venturing into the first eleven on a regular...

Every Ince a Premiership Manager

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"See I was supposed to be a footballer but they kept pickin' the other kid who was a foot taller I got lazy and less enthusiastic I stopped...

Lionel’s injuries – a Messi report

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The stage is FC Barcelona's famous Camp Nou stadium. The scoreline? 1-0, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that no-one cared. The reason for...

Nigel Adkins — Adkins diet just the tonic for united Scunny

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Back with the fourth installment of his series on exciting young English managers in the Football League, Hugo Steckelmacher looks at Scunthorpe United's Nigel...

Carling — probably not the best cup competition in the world

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"If the FA Cup final is football's Ascot, then the League Cup final is its Derby Day." — Alan Hardaker Now that the euphoria over...

Professional Footballers’ Association – How The PFA Helps Players

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"You give your life to football and then it often forgets you. Football clubs have a bad habit of taking players in, making the...

Slavery in Football

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The subject of slavery is one that rouses reactions verging from the understandably passionate to the frankly irrational. I can recall with a pang...

I’m an Arsenal player, get me out of here!

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Rather than structure this week's review chronologically, as is the custom, I would like first to invite you readers to participate in the interactive...

The Rise of Mark Stimson

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In Hugo Steckelmacher's third of his profiles on great English managing prospects in the Football League, he looks at the playing and managerial career...