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31 March 2011
“Shape! Shape! Shape!” Every week, the manager and the head coach berate their players with a different, repeated piece of advice from the stands. A few months ago, the chant of “Second ball!” was seldom off head coach Matthew Atkinson’s lips. A few months before that, Chertsey Town’s players were urgently and repeatedly advised to “talk to each other!” while manager Spence Day was demanding “Use your brain!”
SHARES
31 March 2011
Dutch football blogger Mohamed Moallim makes his FFT.com debut by looking ahead to this weekend's top-of-the-table clash in the Eredivisie
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30 March 2011
“Hay Liga!” “The league is on!” cried the hat-throwing, joyous press in the Spanish capital on Wednesday morning. Normally that clarion call is reserved for when Real Madrid get to within 20 points of Barcelona at the top of the table, but this time it was meant in its most literal sense - there will be football this weekend after all.
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29 March 2011
Proud North East-based England fan Kristan Heneage ponders whether the England manager has something against clubs from the North East...
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29 March 2011
“Potato field” is the en vogue phrase in Spain this week, along with the usual vulgarities about one’s mother and an unmentionable act involving a bowel release and a glass of milk that pepper day-to-day life.
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29 March 2011
FFT writer Mark Booth criticises Capello's critics – and spies a welcome potential legacy
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29 March 2011
“It’s going to be a massive moment in my career,” said Gareth Barry after it was announced that he will captain England against Ghana tonight.
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28 March 2011
The advertising hoardings at the Boris Paichadze National Stadium escaped the kind of treatment once famously meted out by Georgia’s manager Temuri Ketsbaia to the St. James’s Park signage after Levan Kobiashvili scored a last-minute winner against Croatia on Saturday.
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28 March 2011
Police helicopters buzzing about; beer-fueled fans pouring through the turnstiles; TV cameras squeezed onto the narrow strip of grass separating the pitch and stands - Rayo Vallecano's Estadio Teresa Rivero was certainly the place to be in Madrid late on Sunday night.
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28 March 2011
The Italians love nothing more than their passeggiata (a traditional early evening stroll), so there is plenty of satisfaction with the way the national team’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign is progressing.

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