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Nick Smith

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Arsenal, the Oligarch and the UPL

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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