Off The Ball

Pep Talk: Guardiola’s a man with imperfections

Pep Guardiola is a man clearly worthy of our respect. He’s intelligent. He’s charismatic. And my God can he grow some good-looking facial hair. Last weekend he became the first non-Chelsea manager (and only the fourth in history) to win his...

Singing the praises of Andy Goode

Andy Goode, 35-year-old former England international fly-half, recently made a comeback in December 2015 by signing with Newcastle Falcons for three months. One commentator suggested it was ‘rather an elaborate way to dodge pre-season’. Goode...

Cagatay Sahan’s calamitous grandslam

If the 2015/16 Premier League season so far has taught us anything, it must certainly be that José Mourinho doesn’t respond well to being eclipsed by the competition. Perhaps, therefore, it is advisable that the current crop of match officials...

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

You perhaps would not expect the Fijian National Rugby Team to be massive fans of Benjamin Franklin, but it would appear that they have taken to heart one of his more famous phrases: “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” This comes after news of...

World’s worst team wins match

Bhutan, a tiny nation of 750,000 nestled between the cloud-topped peaks of the Himalayas, is best known for it’s government policy of measuring Gross National Happiness. It is perhaps unsurprising, therefore, that for those hardened by the...

Champions of America and Nowhere Else?

This week in Off The Ball, Sports writer Charles Nurick pokes fun at the self-absorbed nature of the NFL and its illogical decision to crown the Super Bowl winners with the title of ‘World Champions’. “World”. It’s a funny old word isn’t...

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