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Samiran Mishra

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I am a football writer and blogger. Other interests include history, anthropology, philosophy, music, books, etc. Been called a misanthrope on more than once occasion. Follow me @scoutdesk
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Top 5 greatest England managers of all time

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The England managerial hot-seat has been occupied by a fair few characters over the years. Given the gargantuan expectations placed on the shoulders of any...
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England v Scotland rivalry – a 150 year-old history

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Friday evening’s epic showdown between England and Scotland in the ongoing European Championships will be the first time the two sides have met at...
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The Five Best Promoted Teams In Premier League History

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Leeds United have surprised many in the top flight with their flamboyant and dynamic style of play. The Yorkshire team, after gaining promotion to the...
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Super League is not new – five ‘breakaway leagues’ that shocked the sporting world

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The overly ambitious European Super League project collapsed after eight of the 12 founding members from England, Spain and Italy abandoned ship following massive...

Analysis: Manchester United disappoint in goalless draw with Chelsea

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Manchester: Manchester United and Chelsea played out a drab 0-0 draw in dire conditions at Old Trafford on Saturday. The rain lashed onto the pitch...

On This Day in Football: First ever Old Firm derby, Forest retain European Cup

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On this day in 1888, Celtic played their first ever official game which happened to be against Rangers, their fiercest rivals. Details of this historic...

On This Day in Football: Villa become champions of Europe, United win treble

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On this day in 1982, Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich 1-0 to win the European Cup. Played at the Feyenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, Villa suffered...

On This Day in Football: Celtic create history, Miracle of Istanbul

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On this day in 1967, Celtic beat Inter Milan in Lisbon to become the first British team to win the European Cup. Played in front...

On This Day in Football: Hungary humiliate England

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On this day in 1954, Hungary humiliated England 7-1 in Budapest in an international friendly. The mighty Hungarian side had been unbeaten since May 1950...

On This Day in Football: Milan stop the Benfica juggernaut, Juve rule in Rome

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On this day in 1963, Italian giants AC Milan won the European Cup by beating Portuguese side Benfica 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium. Benfica had...

On This Day in Football: Red reigns supreme in Moscow

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On this day in 2008, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties to win the UEFA Champions League. Played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, this...

On This Day in Football: Historic day for Barca and Real as both lift...

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On this day in 1992, Barcelona won their first ever UEFA European Cup by beating Serie A side Sampdoria 1-0 in the final. Played at...

On This Day in Football: Iran beat Israel to win the Asian Cup, Fergie...

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On this day in 1968, Iran beat Israel 2-1 to win their first ever AFC Asian Cup title. Played at the Shahid Shiroudi Stadium in...

On This Day in Football: Bobby Moore accused of theft, Milan thump Barca

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On this day in 1970, England legend Bobby Moore was accused of theft in Bogota, Colombia. England were in the South American nation for a...

On This Day in Football: Bayern begin European dominance, Arsenal suffer heartbreak

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On this day in 1974, Bayern Munich won the first of their three consecutive European Cups by beating Atletico Madrid in the final. A 1-1...

On This Day in Football: Barcelona triumph over Dusseldorf, Hearts win Scottish Cup

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On this day in 1979, Barcelona beat German Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-3 at extra time to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Played in...

On This Day in Football: Spurs become first English club to win a European...

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On this day in 1963, Tottenham Hotspur became the first English club to win a European competition by beating Atletico Madrid 5-1 in the...

On This Day in Football: England perform the infamous ‘Nazi salute’

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On this day in 1938, England impressively beat Germany 6-3 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. But the match is perhaps best remembered for an entirely...

On This Day in Football: Newcastle United retain the FA Cup

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On this day in 1952, Newcastle United beat Arsenal in the final to win the FA Cup for the second year running. Newcastle had beaten...

On This Day in Football: The Matthews Final, European glory for Porto & Benfica

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On this day in 1953, Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers to lift the FA Cup in a game that is popularly called the ‘Matthews Final’. Bolton...

On This Day in Football: Bundesliga witnesses chaotic ending

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On this day in 1978, the German Bundesliga witnessed the most exciting end to a campaign. It was the last game of the season as...

On This Day in Football: Wembley’s grand opening, Sir Bobby bids United goodbye

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On this day in 1923, Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0 in the FA Cup final in what was the first ever game...

On This Day in Football: Spurs make history, Tragedy strikes Zambia

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On this day in 1901, Tottenham Hotspur beat Sheffield United 3-1 to lift the FA Cup, and in doing so, became the first non-league...

On This Day in Football: Newton Heath become Manchester United

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On this day in 1902, English Second Division outfit Newton Heath changed their name and became Manchester United. Founded in 1878 by workers from the...

On This Day in Football: The Invincibles clinch title, United stun Spurs

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On this day in 2004, an unbeaten Arsenal side drew 2-2 against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to clinch the Premier League title...

On This Day in Football: Wolves win the First Division, Liverpool go down

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On this day in 1954, Wolverhampton Wanderers won their first ever top flight title with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Wolves had come very...

On This Day in Football: Bobby Charlton makes England debut

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On this day in 1958, just over two months after the tragic Munich Air Disaster, bobby Charlton made his debut for the England national...

On This Day in Football: Real Madrid get off the mark

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On this day in 1905, Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey to win their first major honour. Known back then as...

On This Day in Football: Scots beat England in front of record crowd, Adu...

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On this day in 1937, Scotland hosted England at Hampden Park in Glasgow for the last game of that season’s British Home Championship in...