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Bastia Supporters Reënact Dumas’ The Corsican Brothers

Bastia supporters let the world feel the pain of their Corsican brothers on Easter Weekend, disrupting their Ligue 1 match against Olympique Lyon.

In 1844, Alexandre Dumas (père) wrote a novel about vengeance centered on two conjoined brothers separated at birth but who still felt each other’s pain. It was titled The Corsican Brothers. Cheech and Chong lampooned it on film in 1984. The cinematic world felt Dumas’ pain. On this Easter weekend, Olympique Lyon felt Corsica’s pain when Bastia fans caused their club’s match against OL ... Read More »

There is no such thing as a good draw

Coming away from a football match with a draw is a bit like playing Monopoly, landing on Community Chest, then selecting the card which reads “You Have Won Second Prize in a Beauty Contest — Collect $10.” That is to say, there is little reward in not coming out on top. Read More »

Are Manchester United holding themselves back?

What’s the old adage? You can’t win for losing? Manchester United have slightly altered the notion. They can’t win for drawing. For the second time in 2017, United entered a match knowing they could make up ground on almost all the clubs above them in the Premier League table. With Hull City the opponent this time, rather than Liverpool, the contest ... Read More »

A Premier League Nativity Scene: No room at the top

Chelsea's weakness is their manager's reluctance to utilise his entire squad.

As I noted yesterday, the thirteen-game mark signifies the Premier League’s early doors have closed. Entering the campaign’s middle third, the 2016-17 season is shaping up to be perhaps the most hotly contested top-flight campaign in English football history. Three clubs are on a ninety point pace, a fourth for the mid-eighties. Read More »

The Expendables, Eight

The Premier League’s early doors have closed. With every club having played thirteen matches, we have officially entered the campaign’s middle third. Usually by this time, teams have sorted themselves. One typically emerges as a front-runner for the title. At the table’s opposite end, one or two appear irrevocably destined for relegation. Then, it becomes a question of who will ... Read More »

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