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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Why England must look beyond 2014

    Rory Smith

    England are not going to win the World Cup this year. Someone had to say it, and it's never nice dismantling delusions and crushing dreams, but there it is. Even if Roy Hodgson's team get out of the group -- which is a little easier than people th...

    Blog | March 05, 2014
  14. Decoding and defining the tricky art of 'mind games'

    Rory Smith

    It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was actually only 1996. Britpop was at its height, the heady days of John Major's undeniably raunchy leadership of Great Britain were coming to an end, Sega was about to develop a new system called the Dreamcast, ...

    Blog | February 26, 2014
  15. A change of formation

    Rory Smith

    In the summer of 1954, Les McDowall had a plan. The Manchester City manager knew something new and different was required after a disappointing campaign. He had seen the future, and he was determined to embrace it. He cut short his squad's holiday...

    Blog | February 19, 2014
  16. A change of formation

    Rory Smith

    In the summer of 1954, Les McDowall had a plan. The Manchester City manager knew something new and different was required after a disappointing campaign. He had seen the future, and he was determined to embrace it. He cut short his squad's holiday b...

    Blog | February 18, 2014