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Football (Soccer) Culture

Roy Hodgson in plea for calm as England take on Ireland at Wembley

The match at Wembley Stadium will celebrate the 150th anniversary of England's Football Association and will be the first time the neighbours have met since the 1995 match in Dublin, which was abandoned when English fans rioted.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 5:46am

Parties vie to control Indonesian soccer, seeing it as key to election victory

More than 60,000 people packed into Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on a recent Saturday night to see the national soccer team play. Another 100 million tuned in to television to watch the match, underlining the appeal of soccer in Indonesia where attendance rivals the top English and German soccer leagues.

25 May 2013 - 2:42am

Humble coin toss will confound fight against football graft

How much is a coin toss worth? Can foolishly faking a frivolous flip and flick of a thin metallic disc prove financially tempting? You bet. Five years ago, the going rate was 100,000 yuan (HK$124,000).

1 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Abuse of soccer officials needs to end

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway was clear last week about his intimidatory, insensitive and inappropriate intentions towards match officials. Hostile treatment towards match officials inevitably spreads to all levels where ticking time bombs are effectively being seeded.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:17am

Oldham told to keep their shirts on

Oldham banned their players from swapping shirts with Everton's stars after their dramatic 2-2 draw in the FA Cup fifth round as the cash-strapped League One club try to cut costs.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Youngsters suffer burnout in quest for perfection, study says

Researchers from the University of Leeds found that some school-age footballers were showing signs of chronic stress, exhaustion and disillusion with the sport given the demands for perfection from coaches, parents and teammates.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:26am

Pandora's Box to remain ajar without consistency

Unforeseen troubles for referees lie ahead because of the FA's decision to rescind Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's red card for what match referee Mike Dean deemed to be serious foul play. In undermining his interpretation, the FA has opened Pandora's Box.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:13am

Wenger appoints German debt collector at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his faith in German economic efficiency by saying it was the reason why defender Per Mertesacker had become the club's debt collector.

24 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

Flare incident at Bundesliga match renews security debate in Germany

After hooligans forced a Bundesliga game to be delayed by throwing lit flares at the weekend, Germany coach Joachim Loew is leading the call for tighter security measures in stadiums.

Last Saturday, hooligans in the Eintracht Frankfurt fan block forced their team's 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen to be delayed by six minutes after lighting flares and setting off fireworks.

24 Jan 2013 - 3:09am

English Premier League pandering to namby pambyism

Of all the things we fans enjoy when watching soccer, now is the time to count the number of tackles and savour them.

19 Jan 2013 - 5:20am