Jake Rodrigues

Are the World Cup’s added time guidelines a model for the future?

Before the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA’s Chairman of the Referees’ Committee, Pierluigi Collina, announced the tournament would prevent time-wasting in matches. In Qatar, matches often continued beyond the 100-minute mark, with the opening four matches featuring an average of 16 additional minutes. Collina made a point of noting that...
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Posted Jan. 19, 2023

Key sporting events in 2023

After an eventful year of sport in 2022, which culminated with Lionel Messi’s Argentina winning the World Cup, we preview the sporting calendar for 2023. With World Cups aplenty, 2023 promises to be an action-packed year of sport. Women’s T20 World Cup – 10 February South Africa will host the...
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Posted Jan. 14, 2023

Darts reacts to Gerwyn Price’s headphone-wearing defeat

World no. 1 Gerwyn Price was thrashed 5-1 by Gabriel Clemens in the quarter-final of the World Darts Championship on New Year’s Day. After finding himself 3-1 down, Price put on some ear defenders and swapped to earplugs in the sixth set in order to try and block out the...
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Posted Jan. 9, 2023

Can Gakpo turn Liverpool’s season around?

Cody Gakpo officially became a Liverpool player on 1 January, completing a £44m move from PSV Eindhoven. According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds had been forced into the transfer amid interest from Manchester United, with manager Jurgen Klopp conceding that Gakpo would have become ‘unaffordable’ in the future. Given...
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Posted Jan. 7, 2023

The downfall of Dele Alli

It takes a big person to admit they were wrong, not least when Jose Mourinho has been in the right all along. In 2020, Amazon Prime Video’s All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur lifted the lid on behind-the-scenes events at Spurs, highlighting Mourinho’s player management both on and off the pitch....
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Posted Dec. 30, 2022

What is going wrong for Liverpool?

They say when you have an ongoing problem, the first stage is acknowledging that you are indeed struggling. 12 games into the season, Liverpool sit ninth in the Premier League and are a mere shadow of the team that played the maximum 63 games last season. Jürgen Klopp’s sideline smiles...
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Posted Nov. 3, 2022

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s most important signing

On 29 April, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp extended his contract with the club to 2026. Just last month, the German had hinted that he intended to take a break from the sport, so this news comes as a welcome surprise for Liverpool supporters. Liverpool fans owe a lot to Klopp’s...
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Posted Jun. 15, 2022

Lacklustre England lose Nations League Opener

England’s first UEFA Nations League game ended in defeat at the Puskas Arena against a fearless Hungary side. As a punishment for racist abuse, Hungary had been ordered to play the match behind closed doors, but instead UEFA agreed to allow over 30,000 children to watch the game. Although there...
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Posted Jun. 8, 2022