Main Stories, News, Sport / 25/11/2020 Diego Maradona (1960-2020)

Argentine footballing legend Diego Maradona has died from a heart attack at the age of 60. Regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time, Maradona captained his country to World Cup glory in 1986. As is often the case when the footballing world mourns the loss of one of its all-time greats, condolences...

Sport / 24/11/2020 Another step on the road towards parity for the Trans community

To honour Trans Awareness Week, which has just passed, I thought I would write a piece on an inspirational transgender athlete. From Canadian world champion cyclist Rachel McKinnon to Harvard University swimmer Schuyler Bailar, there were many role models for the trans community to choose from, illustrating just how far we have come as a...

Sport / 24/11/2020 Thanking our lucky stars the Premier League didn’t say ‘why aye’ to the Middle-Eastern Magpies

The takeover of Newcastle United Football Club led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund was one of the most bizarre ‘nearly’ stories of 2020. Despite numbers being agreed between NUFC owner Mike Ashley and the PIF, the deal never came to be. In late July, official statements from both revealed that a deal was no...

Sport / 24/11/2020 Why the Premier League’s new handball rule poses a risk of serious ‘arm to players

What was ever wrong with the ‘intentional’ handball rule? Anyone? Regularly mocked by Premier League players, managers and pundits alike, the new handball rule has left defenders unsure on how to act when in their own box, unable to move freely, for fear of giving away a penalty. Who can blame them? If the penalty...

Sport / 24/11/2020 Are there blue skies ahead for the Sky Blues?

Depicting Pep Guardiola’s teams as underachieving has become something of a trend. Indeed, a near decade-long lack of Champions League success ostensibly supports Dietmar Hamann’s description of Guardiola’s coaching style as outdated. There is no denying that, on paper, his spells in Munich and Manchester have left a lot to be desired on the continental...

Sport / 24/11/2020 Football’s governing bodies must do more to support minority groups

Recently, a Concrete article was produced on the brave display of solidarity shown by San Diego Loyal SC, when they walked off and forfeited a game in protest against a homophobic comment made against their midfielder, Collin Martin, by a member of the opposition. Since then, the accused player, Junior Flemmings – a forward for...

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Are there blue skies ahead for the Sky Blues?

Depicting Pep Guardiola’s teams as underachieving has become something of a trend. Indeed, a near decade-long lack of Champions League success ostensibly supports Dietmar Hamann’s description of Guardiola’s coaching style as outdated. There is no denying that, on paper, his spells in Munich and Manchester have left a lot to be desired on the continental…


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