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Futbol Na Swit Salone: A Retrospective on football during two brief months in Sierra Leone

Dawson Jope returns with a beautiful retrospective on his time in Sierra Leone – “Salone is a land of few opportunities, and when one happened to appear, even if just a glimmer, one had to make all effort to grab at it, to attack it, to cling to any fleeting glimmer that it could be more.”

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JOHNNY COOPER, CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER: THE STORY OF MANSFIELD TOWN FC 99/00 (ACCORDING TO CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER)

New author and self-confessed Championship Manager addict, Chris Darwen, has released his first book, a parody of Mansfield Town FC’s 99/00 season using the legendary computer game, Championship Manager, to create the narrative. Championship Manager was the best selling football management computer game every written and this week, by coincidence, celebrated the 22nd anniversary of it’s […]

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Officiating the Game Part III – Collective Responsibility

We need to shift away from an autocratic system of officiating, and aim for a collective responsibility approach to eradicate cheating. How can we create incentives for footballers to play the game honestly?

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Of Heroes and Villains: A Tale of Caution

Our love of the theatre that is football sees a seemingly inevitable tendency to cast players into the roles of heroes and villains on the basis of far more than their performances within the game itself. Introducing new transfer – Kishan Koria, who joins LMW with a spectacular debut performance.

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