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Chris Mayer

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Journalism student from the footballing hotbed of the North West. I support Manchester United, although told everyone at uni that I support Wigan because effectively someone has to. Cue mockery. Football loves - Dutch legends (Johan Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp for example) Eric Cantona, Paolo Maldini and the 4-3-3 system. Football hates - any pundit who can't grasp the English language, squad rotation and wingers who can't cross (keeping it fairly topical here). I will be supporting the Mexicans this summer, mainly to see how the poacher Javier Hernandez gets on.

The rise and imminent demise of AC Arles-Avignon

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Many English football fans would say that Blackpool's play-off victory over Cardiff City last May was one of the biggest underdog victories in recent...

Clockwork Oranje – Can Holland win the World Cup this time?

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When every World Cup comes around, everyone places an outside bet on Holland. Based on their qualifying campaign, it seems a very safe bet....