Steven Gerrard: ‘Don’t call me a hero or legend’

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard reflects on his time with England thus far, after being only the 6th Englishman to win 100 caps for his country. He admits that despite that achievement, he only rates his international career as “six, maybe seven” out of ten.

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Why Edin Dzeko is Manchester City’s glory boy

Why Edin Dzeko is Manchester City’s glory boy

Rob Smyth writes for Life’s a Pitch about Manchester City’s recent goalscoring hero Edin Dzeko, and provides an interesting take the role and perception of substitutes in football.

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Bandini: Vote Stramaccioni/Mourinho for president!

Bandini: Vote Stramaccioni/Mourinho for president!

For The Score, Paolo Bandini profiles the reason behind Inter’s much-lauded resurgence: their manager Andrea Stramaccioni.

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Checking in with the Seleção: part II

Checking in with the Seleção: part II

Euan Marshall writes on his blog a brilliantly comprehensive review of how Mano Menezes’ Brazil side is preparing for the World Cup in 2014 to be played on home soil, including points on Brazil’s new attacking threats.

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Time to stop complaining about time?

ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti highlights the questions surrounding the element of timekeeping in football, raising the interesting issue of “real time” football matches.

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Why Gary Neville is out on his own when it comes to TV punditry

The Guardian’s Daniel Taylor commends the much-lauded punditry skills of former Manchester United defender and current England assistant manager Gary Neville. Taylor argues that Neville is not only eloquent – especially in his answering of the recent Terry-Ferdinand England affair – but also insightful and unbiased: undoubtedly 3 basic characteristics any good pundit should possess. 

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Barca a catalyst for Catalonia’s independent streak

At Yahoo’s Pitchside Europe blog, Andy Mitten writes about the truly intriguing footballing consequences of Catalonia possibly gaining independence from Spain.

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