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Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs: more than just a football match

Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs: more than just a football match

To fully grasp the spirit of the times, to understand the mood of an era, it’s always important to search for the answers in the past: because today is but the consequence of yesterday. The build-up to the Soweto derby begins this week – and, in the same way, the fanatical appeal of the clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates has its roots inextricably intertwined with the turbulent history of this country. Already, as Chiefs and Pirates prepare to do battle at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday, it’s a sell-out. More than 80 000 people will pack into...

With the country divided between red and blue, Liverpool and Everton came together as one: The Milk Cup final

With the country divided between red and blue, Liverpool and Everton came together as one: The Milk Cup final

The city of Liverpool found itself by June 1983 on a lonely island of red, engulfed on all sides by a steamrolling tide of blue. Between 1972 and 1982, Scousers had seen 80,000 jobs disappear as the docks closed and its manufacturing industry was sliced in half. Factories were closing, poverty ravaging communities – once the British Empire’s great port, Liverpool was now a ‘broken city’ and fertile breeding ground for a strand of hard-left politics determined to lift the city’s people out of the mire. Nine months earlier Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher secured a second term, but it...

Gordon Banks, the man who starred in ‘the save of the century’, dies aged 81

Gordon Banks, the man who starred in ‘the save of the century’, dies aged 81

Every corner on the planet where a football fan breathes mourn the pass of one of the most iconic goalkeepers in history, Gordon Banks. The English World Cup winner in 1966 will always be remembered as the man who pulled off probably the most famous save ever. Even though England had succeed in the previous World Cup edition, lifting the trophy at Wembley followed by a controversial extra time in which Geoff Hurst scored, it was at the 1970 World Cup Group Stage when Gordon Banks astonished the crowd in Jalisco with a gorgeous save from Pele’s header. The England...

West Ham youngster Declan Rices switches Ireland to play for England

West Ham youngster Declan Rices switches Ireland to play for England

West Ham youngster Declan Rice has finally come out and declared for the English national team. Rice has been at the centre of a tug-of-war after Gareth Southgate expressed an interest in the defensive midfielder following a number of solid displays for Ireland last summer. Then, Rice informed Ireland manager Martin O’Neill that he needed time to consider his international future before lining out for the Republic in a competitive game. The youngster was also in the process of hammering out a new contract with his club and had met with Mick McCarthy in December after the former Ipswich coach landed...