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Mental Health and Football

Mental Health and Football

One in four of us will experience a mental health illness this year. In a rapidly changing world the one thing we appear not to have conquered is improving the nation’s mental health. I grew up in a household over shadowed by the spectre of depression. In the 1970s and 80s it was very much a secret to be hidden, a ghost to be exorcised, a topic not open for discussion. There were many happy times but, in hindsight, society’s detrimental view of the illness made it a whole lot harder to deal with. Decades have passed and admittedly there...

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The Psychology of Football Nostalgia

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The Psychology of Football Nostalgia

The Psychology of Football Nostalgia We’ve all witnessed the rise of retro in football over the past few years. Whether it be a match-worn shirt or a replica retro piece, the proliferation of vintage charity shop finds or the effect of historical kits on the designs of new ones, there is no denying the influence nostalgia is having on the football apparel we’re wearing right now. The beautifully minimalist, commemorative FA Cup shirt released by Chelsea recently sold out within 24 hours and when @The_Kitsman recently polled his Twitter followers on their shirt purchasing rationale, when it wasn't the team they...

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Political Football

Political Football

Political Football by Andrew Godsell  We are used to the term political football being bandied about, usually to describe an issue that is a source of long-running contention between different political parties. Now that we are in a General Election campaign, as the Labour reds and Conservative blues battle for national power, it is a good time to look at the football affiliations of some prominent politicians – without getting bogged down in any heavy debate. It looks certain that either the Labour or Tory teams will take the title. Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, with their yellow emblem, battle...

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Changing Lives Through Football

Changing Lives Through Football

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child we take a look at some of the football inspired initiatives raising the aspirations of children

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Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo Di Stéfano was the first superstar of modern football..Besides prolific goalscoring – his career total was more than 800 goals in first class matches – the strength of Di Stéfano’s game was the enormous scope of his play. 

For many players, Di Stéfano was the greatest of all time, with George Best, Johan Cruyff, and Diego Maradona each lauding him as their personal hero. In the words of George Best: “Di Stéfano was the best footballer ever. He had everything. I used to pretend to be him as a kid”.

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