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January 21, 2019
Bridging the gap: Balkan football enjoying remarkable resurgence

The Balkan Peninsula – characterized as comprising the countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia – is a hotbed of talent, albeit one traditionally viewed by many as a second-rate footballing region given its clubs’ and countries’ struggles to exert wider influence upon higher-profile European counterparts. Well,…

December 13, 2018
Hegerberg asked to twerk on stage after winning historic Ballon d'Or

Ada Hegerberg made history Monday, as the Norwegian star was crowned the first-ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or during a gala in Paris. What was supposed to be an uplifting moment, though, was marred by Martin Solveig. Upon her acceptance of the trophy, Hegerberg was asked by the French DJ – who was emceeing…

October 19, 2018
Credit where it's due: Governing bodies got it right with Nations League

Most media outlets felt obliged to publish something explaining how the Nations League works when it began (this one included). The new international tournament looked like football’s bigwigs had found a way to awkwardly thumb promotion and relegation into a framework which bears a slight resemblance to the Champions League group stages, naturally with profitability…

October 18, 2018
Rose: England players held heated inquest after 'embarrassing' 1st half vs. Swiss

There was nothing friendly about the exchange between England players who were frustrated with their first-half performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland. On the heels of consecutive defeats, England’s winless streak looked destined to continue after an opening 45 minutes that defender Danny Rose described as “embarrassing.” “We were outplayed,” Rose told reporters, according…