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Warren Smith

A British and J.League soccer enthusiast, now local to Yokohama, Japan. A keen Arsenal supporter. Has been known to play the game every once in awhile, once likened to Xherdan Shaqiri. 


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International
The Pride of Pristina: The Invincible Kosovo
17:00 Friday 16th November 2018

Preston North End. Arsenal. Celtic. Porto… and Kosovo? The young nation might not have been playing FIFA recognised football for long, but they’re adapting quickly. They’re two matches away from having an unbeaten season.…

Premier League
Courteous captaincy for Cahill
09:00 Thursday 8th November 2018

Club captain. Pitch captain. The role is less defined than it used to be with the advent of captains completely excluded from the matchday squad. it reduces their importance. Gary Cahill is the Chelsea captain, despite being a cameo performer.…

Rest Of The World
On the Day of the Dead, you've stumbled across the Curse of the Super Leader
15:00 Wednesday 31st October 2018

Can we agree topping the league seems the easiest way to determine the best team over the course of a season? Not so much in Mexico. Finishing first is rarely the champion's path there. Instead, it's a curse. La Dia de Muertos seems…

Usa
Mr Rooney goes to Washington II: Red Devil ravages MLS
17:42 Wednesday 24th October 2018

Wayne Rooney was a Manchester United man. A Scouser, his career began at Everton but as United's all-time scorer, he will always be a North-West Red no matter what some may feel. When he no longer suited needs at Old Trafford, he donned…

Premier League
How can Alexandre Lacazette gain France recognition?
12:00 Monday 22nd October 2018

Arsenal forward; Olympique Lyonnais hero. Firing for the Gunners, but not for France. Pourquoi? Didier Deschamps says no. What more can be done in North London to book a Eurostar ticket? Alexandre Lacazette follows a long lineage of French…

Womens Football
CONCACAF Women Championship, aka Don't feed the Americans
16:30 Sunday 14th October 2018

It’s hard to look past the Americans in terms of women’s football. Right, then. See you next time. In all seriousness, there's no avoiding the fact the USWNT is a blue whale in the North and Central American and Caribbean koi…

Spain
Why there is more than olive oil in Spain
15:00 Friday 5th October 2018

Spanish football. Maybe even football. The phrase/word conjures up visions of Lionel Messi and the FC Barcelona group. The memories of Cristiano Ronaldo ruining Spanish defences was a joy to behold as he became the sole Galactico for his generation.…

Germany
2.Bundesliga presents the first Hamburg derby in seven years
09:00 Sunday 30th September 2018

Hamburg remains at Germany's northern point while the city’s football scene has gone south. Both teams play in the second division. Hamburger SV's relegation last year set up the first derby with St Pauli in the best part…

Opinion
Guendouzi: Arsenal's new Frenchman? Hold that thought
09:00 Sunday 23rd September 2018

Few in North London, let alone England, knew of Matteo Guendouzi before his summer transfer to Arsenal. Unai Emery plugged him straight into the lineup. After playing all five Premier League fixtures in 2018/19, he appears completely at…

Opinion
Cloudy with a chance of Jamie Vardy?
17:00 Wednesday 19th September 2018

International retirement is a landmark for players. They no longer feel that their services are either required or good enough for the national side. For many football-folk, international retirement goes unannounced and is just a mark of time…

Womens Football
The Female CONCACAF Paradox: America
17:00 Friday 14th September 2018

The sign of a great footballing nation is the ability to run a duality with a national team and a decent league system. England possesses the Three Lions plus the Premier League, Germany aren’t bad on the national scene (Russia 2018 aside,…

J League
Rakuten, Referees and the Rising Nagoya
17:00 Sunday 9th September 2018

Andres Iniesta settled his family in Japan. No further mid-season excursions will occur. The Barcelona legend embedded himself at Vissel Kobe. In the month's first two home games, he made the score sheet against Jubilo Iwata and Sanfrecce…

Non League
Ossett United: Sing When Your Agglutinating
17:00 Sunday 2nd September 2018

That’s right. In the tiny crook of the Wakefield, come to Greater-Leeds, there’s little old Ossett. With a population size which could fit in the Emirates three times over, there’s a good question as to why Ossett held two…

International
Freedom or the Sword: Son-Heung Min Eyes Emancipation
17:00 Friday 31st August 2018

South Korea obsesses over tradition. Men must serve in the military but winning a gold medal for your country exempts a healthy male from duty. Son Heung-min's almost there.  The Asian Games is the continental Olympics. Countries compete…

Womens Football
Hands held high in Haiti
15:00 Sunday 26th August 2018

It’s hard to disambiguate Haiti from the natural disasters which devastated the country in the recent years. It’s currently estimated to be the fifth poorest country in the world, which obviously ensues hardship for the population…

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