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Football In The Emirates: A Retrospect

On June 9th, 1990, at 5:00pm (Italy time), United Arab Emirates (UAE) made history by playing their first World Cup match against Columbia under Brazilian manager Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira in front of a crowd of approximately thirty thousand at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara in Bologna. The same year…

The Joy of Even Years

When the season finally comes to a finish, there is a sudden lull in life that a football supporter finds himself/herself in. There is the pain of waiting three months to see some serious action again. Three months of Saturdays lost Saturdays and Sundays not knowing what to…

Do La Rojas Have Any Furia Left?

As I stroll across a concrete path lined up with trees on either sides casually sporting my Spanish national team jersey (fear not readers, this is not a telling incident), a 9-yr-old boy comes running up to me, uttering, “Sir, my name is Raul too! And I have…