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  1. FIFA: Sepp Blatter is wrong about football and politics not being...

    Rory Smith


    Blog | Conversation | October 20, 2014
  2. Rory McIlroy enjoys football, takes playful jab at NFL during BMW...

    Bob Harig

    Rory McIlroy enjoys his football, takes playful jab at NFL

    Blog | Conversation | September 04, 2014
  3. Michael Platini's Champions League playoff plan needs revising

    Rory Smith

    UEFA Champions League

    Blog | Conversation | August 28, 2014
  4. Smith: Big European clubs come to the USA not to spread the game ...

    Rory Smith

    FC United

    Blog | Conversation | August 05, 2014
  5. Buzz That Was -- Wild sports day includes proposal in World Cup s...

    D'Arcy Maine

    A stunning late U.S. goal and a celebrity marriage proposal made it a festive night at the World Cup. But things got downright zany with nonexistent Ghanaian giraffes and a bear in an Alaska outfield.

    Story | Conversation | June 17, 2014
  6. World Cup success requires having the right players, not the best...

    Rory Smith

    Marcello Lippi had been chewing over the question for months. Italy had been contemplating it -- or a version of it, at least -- for decades. It was something that Lippi, that cigar-chomping silver fox, found an answer to; a solution that would allow...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  7. Atletico proves money isn't everything

    Rory Smith

    Jose Mourinho spent most of this season perpetuating it. Arsene Wenger has espoused it for years, too. So did Rafael Benitez. It extends way beyond the Premier League, though, into every major European competition. It is perhaps the most pervasiv...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  8. Talking a good game

    Rory Smith

    Once a year, those upstanding guardians of the English language -- the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary -- produce a short list of "new" words they have deemed worthy of entrance into their grand tome. The words in question tend to be a mi...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  9. Is there a 'right' way to play football?

    Rory Smith

    Carlo Ancelotti had a smile on his face as he said it. More by accident than design, the Real Madrid manager seemed to English observers of a certain vintage and certain tastes to be channelling his inner Lord Melchett, Stephen Fry's character in "Bl...

    Blog | April 30, 2014
  10. Moyes' failure at Man Utd hurts football managers everywhere

    Rory Smith

    The best place to start to assess Sir Alex Ferguson's misplaced faith in David Moyes is probably the ancient Mayan citadel of Chichen Itza. Once you look at Chichen Itza, everything becomes clear. Chichen Itza was one of the great pre-Colombian ci...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  11. Wilfried Zaha wanders from the path to greatness

    Rory Smith

    There was a song they used to sing about Wilfried Zaha. This time last year, not a game went by without Crystal Palace fans offering a chorus of it at some point. It greeted every shimmy, every feint, every dropped shoulder, every body-swerve, every ...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  12. AVB/Sherwood contrast hints at English football's fear of change

    Rory Smith

    Tim Sherwood had a beaming smile on his face as he said it. Tottenham's press officer had already warned the assembled throng of journalists to cease and desist with the questions about his future. Less probing about where he stands, please, and m...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  13. What Liverpool's success says about Mourinho, Arsenal, the league...

    Rory Smith

    Jose Mourinho was at it again on Tuesday. This time, his target was Paris Saint-Germain -- a club he at least dallied with joining within the last year -- but he has made the point most regularly, most forcefully about Manchester City. It is an argum...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  14. Wenger can learn from Man United's succession woes

    Rory Smith

    They are the sort of images that everyone at Manchester United knew were coming. One fan was pointing angrily at David Moyes while another screamed at Sir Alex Ferguson, as his anointed successor's team were not so much torn to shreds as swatted asid...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  15. A visit to football's art gallery

    Rory Smith

    Twice in two nights, there it was again: that little nagging voice, that guilty feeling, that sense of shame, the thought you wish you could switch off, the confession you will not even make to yourself because it makes you feel somehow dirty, someho...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  16. Judging young players too soon is a fool's game

    Rory Smith

    It was a risk. The player in question was just 20 when he came to Europe. He had experienced just one full season of senior football in his homeland. He was tall, strong, rugged and clearly blessed with genuine promise but still, transporting him acr...

    Blog | March 12, 2014