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Tom Clark has written for many years on many subjects in various venues and genres. He is also a painter; his avatar is a sample from a current show of his work at Fertile Grounds Cafe, Berkeley, and you can see more of his artwork here and here.

In Pursuit of the Elusive Perfect Goal: 2008

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Welcome to what I hope you will experience as a four or five night midwinter-lull footie video festival, to warm your hearts and hearthsides...

The Best Goals of 2008 Part 4 (Americas)

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From North America (MLS, Mexico) to South America (Argentina, Brazil and all the rest), the best goals of 2008: USA (MLS) MLS best goals 2008 (53...

The Best Goals of 2008 – Part 3 (Europe)

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The best goals of 2008 from Europe - from Euro 2008 to Champions League, UEFA Cup and the top domestic leagues across mainland Europe. Euro...

The Best Goals of 2008 – Part 2 (England and Scotland)

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Working here on the assumption that to most readers these will be the most familiar goals, I'll bow to your prior comprehension and suggest...

The Best Goals of 2008 – Part 1 (World Football)

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Let us then begin with the long view, seeking the perfect goal on the larger world stage... African Cup of Nations This first major tournament of...

The Night The Unbelievable Nearly Happened: United’s Difficult Victory in the World Club Cup

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Underestimating your adversary is a poor strategy in any competition. Last night in Yokohama, where they were contesting the final of the World Club Cup,...

FIFA Club World Cup: A Second Look

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The problem I fear with approaching any non-European competition as an admitted a priori "avid PL supporter", as  does Mr. BD Condell in a...

Tears of Joy (Mexican League Apertura Final 2008)

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If you can't remember the last time you watched thousands of mature adults, on a day of deep blue skies and  blindingly bright high...

Do Manchester United want Real Madrid in the Champions League?

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My, my. I note today that Sir Alex, with typically shrewd and devious application of more torque than a spin-bowler's or curveball pitcher's,...

Top 10 Goals from this week’s World Cup qualifiers

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Tom Clark looks at the Top 5 Goals from each set of World Cup Qualifiers (last weekend and midweek), focusing specifically on CONCACAF and...

Historic Free-Kick by El Jefe

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During this "international week" footballing lull when club play is suspended while nations hold their collective breath over the upcoming qualifiers, and club fans...

Oof, the England Game–a Perspective from Beyond the Pale

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I'm afraid that in the past few seasons when it comes to the English national team the scales have finally fallen away from my...