The Substitute: Keith Peacock

The 21st of August 1965 may seem like another unremarkable date in history for many, but in the world of English football, it’s a date on which things permanently changed. It was the day the first ever official substitution was made in the English Football League. To mark the 12th edition of Pickles, it’s only…

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Remembering The Fantasistas

There was once a time when Italian football ruled Europe. It was a time when the world’s finest footballers flocked to the boot-shaped peninsula to play in the hardest league around. That time now appears as a collection of sepia-tinted moments, left to grow old and dusty while its clubs tarry to attain the standard…

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Where The Owl Sleeps

If a commentator ever says “nobody wants to see that” about an incident at a football match, you can be sure that ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE wants to see it. Take the Wenger-Mourinho rutting stag act in which the lanky one alpha-maled it all over his special counterpart’s territory. “Nobody wants to see that”. Wrong: everybody wants…

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Barcelona’s Brazilian Connection

YouTube can be a wondrous, endless treasure trove for the web-savvy, intrepid football fan. Among the unmatchable headquarters for free video content, you can discover endless hours of footballing pornography, everything from great players humiliating each other to a clip of an over-zealous American commentator screaming ‘release the Kraken’ after witnessing John Arne Riise’s rocket…

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Le Ballon Football League

Born in 2014, Le Ballon started life as a bar in Paris that served as the clubhouse for some of the city’s most boisterous fans, Les PariSG 300. Originally named L\INCONNU (The Unknown), the bar was founded in 2012 in Paris’ up-and-coming 10th arrondissement. After creating a scene first with young, fashionable music lovers and then…

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The Giant From Portugal

A football club usually owes its popularity to regional factors and its sporting achievements. Benfica, known worldwide as the giant from Portugal, are no exception. In fact, one of the main reasons for Benfica’s incomparable popularity in their home country is their achievements since the club’s early years. The Reds have won the most championships…

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