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Arsenal, the Oligarch and the UPL

He’s obviously finished the brandy. When club president Vadym Rabynovych handed over Ukrainian Premier League side Arsenal Kyiv to the city’s mayor, Leonid Chernovetskyi,...

Where’s Willer? A Brazilian in the East

Summer in the east. After a short break in June which felt almost as long as the frozen abyss of winter, football across eastern...

Russian Football: The South Will Rise Again

According to a Russian proverb, the future belongs to those who know how to wait. And for some of those far beyond the long...

Chaos in Kaunas: The Decline and Fall of the Romanov Empire

The Big Four? Try the Only Four. If fans of the English Premier League are increasingly bemoaning the seemingly unshakeable dominance of the former,...

No Deal or No Deal: The story of Adrian Ilie and Terek Grozny

Twenty-two minutes isn't long. Yet who knows how precious those short moments were to Ronaldo, finally back on a football pitch last week in...

Shaky Shakhtar Not Digging for Victory

Surrounded by thick morning mists, the train arriving in Donetsk slows down as it snakes through the slag-heaps. A century and a half of...

The French Connection: Georgia, Gabon & Giresse

In the spring of 2008, the Georgian National Investment Agency (GNIA) ran a series of short promotional films across the major international news networks...

A Farewell to Arms: Goodbye Torpedo Moscow

Given the long history of the torpedo as the purveyor of silent death, it could be considered a cruel irony of fate that the...