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Assyriska rises to Sweden's promised land

06 Jan 2005

A Swedish second division play-off match televised in 82 countries? For many around the world, Assyriska is more than a club. ...



Real claim victory over Eta in Spain's shortest contest

By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid

06 January 2005

Spanish footballers, whose match was spectacularly disrupted three weeks ago by a terrorist bomb scare, concluded their final seven minutes of play yesterday in a dramatic demonstration of how Spaniards mould their life around recurring threats of terror.



Spanish football fans will get copy of EU constitution

By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid

05 January 2005

The Spanish government has kicked off an advertising blitz to publicise the EU's proposed constitution with a flamboyant gesture aimed at the heart of the nation - a free copy for every fan who attends Madrid's football derby at the weekend.



Wise guy threatens to throw his old master to the Lions

Simon Burnton

Thursday January 6, 2005

The Guardian

When the third-round draw was made on December 5, the pairing of Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers prompted little comment. After all, they were two unexceptional Championship teams with few obvious connections.

Then, two days later, Wolves appointed Glenn Hoddle as manager. Suddenly the tie represented the detached, intellectual former England coach's first meeting with the managerial incarnation of Dennis Wise, the energetic, emotional midfielder who captained Chelsea under Hoddle in the mid-90s and guided Millwall to last season's FA Cup final.



Interview: Steve Perryman

Steve Perryman's work with Exeter and Yeading in the FA Cup has helped to restore his faith in the English game, writes Donald McRae


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A great book about Italian division 2 and 3 soccer is the Miracle of Castel de Sangro by Joe McGinniss. Its a true story based on a year the author spent in the small Italian town, supporting the local soccer team which had miraculously been promoted a couple seasons in a row. It tells about broken management promises, the ambitions of the players and their comraderie to one another, a tough team coach, potential underworld connections, and more. Its a great book by an American who has written political exposes before but who is a true soccer fanatic. The book is published by Little Brown.

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