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 Pele's 1,000thPele's 1,000th by The Ovi Team
November 19th 1969; Brazilian soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal in a game, against Vasco da Gama in Rio de Janeiro\'s Maracana stadium. It was a major milestone in an illustrious career that included three World Cup champio
 Greek ...football report by Euro Reporter
Greece faces match-fixing claim, football association vows to 'shed light' on allegationsThe Greek football federation is promising to "shed light" on allegations of match fixing made by a prominent Athens la
 When Football insults reality by Thanos Kalamidas
Let’s talk football and since we are in the middle of the summer let’s talk about transfers. Actually the last time we talked football it was again about transfers and if I remember well it was all about Christiano Ronaldo and the unbe
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 Bet football's transparency by Thanos Kalamidas
When a couple of years ago the big football scandal hit Italy and Juventus fell from the first division to the second, first nobody was surprised and second everybody was waiting who’s next to follow. Even though the rumours had it that the
 Was Daniel Jarque's death in vain? by Thanos Kalamidas
It is only days since I last time wrote about football and football it is again. While I was thinking of writing something about the new European Champions’ League that just started, a death turned everything around. A 26-year-old man die
 Sir Bobby: Rest in Peace by Asa Butcher
Sir Robert William Robson CBE, simply known as Sir Bobby to millions, was a gentleman of both  English and international football. A player, a manager and an ambassador who you could not fail to love for his grandfatherly appearance, kindly m
 Michel Platini's obligation by Thanos Kalamidas
Michel Platini used to be a football player and a good one, which in football nowadays translates into an expensive one. The man enjoyed everything nationally and internationally and there isn’t a football trophy he didn’t touch, which
 Let's talk about record transfers by Thanos Kalamidas
Football is a sport with a huge financial background that the fans often miss. Actually, the fans are often victims of the unbelievable financial games that are played backstage at the huge football grounds. It has been a long time since I wrote a
 The 6 Nations Championship 2009 by Craig Houston
Once again we have reached that time of the year, when all the Christmas debts are virtually paid off and the holiday period is but a blurred memory of turkey and unwanted socks. However, for rugby fans all over Europe, that means only one thing:
 Sports Desk by N. L. Wilbur
I had to have my girlfriend repeat the question when she asked whether or not I wanted to head downtown Saturday night to attend a wine tasting-slash-cage fighting event. Even after repeating the question I still couldn't
 Tears on the Toon by Clint Wayne
With the departure of Kevin Keegan for the third time from my beloved Newcastle United following a shambolic week of events that has left every ‘Toon’ supporter filled with confusion, bewilderment, outrage and finally a flat numbness,
 On the Truthfulness of Sports by Alexandra Pereira
One of the reasons which have made me give up watching most football games – such a sin for the pride of a southern European! – or even most athletics competitions has to do with this statistical fact of high-level sports events nowada
 Daley Thompson: Olympic Champion by Clint Wayne
When British decathlete Daley Thompson showed up at his 1984 Los Angeles news conference following his Olympic gold winning performance he was wearing a T-shirt that posed the question “Is the World’s Second Greatest Athlete Gay?
 A Swiss Army Book by Asa Butcher
Do you know what a 'Layter' signifies? What about a 'Yan' or a Yan-a-Bumfit? Come now, it is quite simple for those addicted to 'Ducks and Drakes'! Okay, before you hit the back button I will rev
 Gone for a Barton by Clint Wayne
As a Newcastle United supporter for nearly fifty years I have witnessed all of the few ups and many downs of our famous football club but none have left me feeling more ashamed than the story behind the news this week that midfielder Joey Barton h
 Beauty and Whiteness: The Indian Premier League by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
Former English cricketer Robin Jackman is giving his pitch report (25 April) in Chandigarh, and the girls, both blonde and brunette, mainly white, and unmistakably Caucasian, are dancing before him. He seems indifferent. He has a job to do: repo
 Doping kills sport by Thanos Kalamidas
What happened these days in Greek sport is not new, it is not that it never happened before and it is not that it will never happen again. Unfortunately, it will happen again in Greece, it will happen again everywhere in the world and the responsi
 No to Game 39 by Asa Butcher
Over the last few decades, football has been threatened with any number of outlandish commercial ideas ranging from the introduction of American Football style time outs to playing on AstroTurf, but the latest idea - if
 Munich Remembered by Clint Wayne
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster that claimed 23 lives, including eight ‘Busby Babes’, which ripped the heart from Matt Busby’s talented young team.It was a tragedy that had a huge effect on English
 King Kev by Clint Wayne
Stunned isn’t the word, it's not even sensational, it's far beyond that. The news that Kevin Keegan was returning to Newcastle United marking the homecoming of a hero that many are calling the second coming of the Messiah has shocked
 African Cup of Nations by Asa Butcher
Africa, the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, is usually in the news for tragedies, famines and having 33 of its 61 territories listed among the 50 poorest in the world, including the top (bottom) position due to Sierr
 Fisher's checkmate by Thanos Kalamidas
When I was eleven I was asked by a family friend who is my favourite sports’ figure and to my answer Bobby Fisher he was surprised that I liked an English footballer, instead of a Greek one. It was the late-60s, in the middle of the Cold War
 CheatersCheaters by Joseph Gatt
What would sports look like without doping? Who are the great champions who were accused of doping? Here’s a list of great champions who allegedly doped, and, some believe, who would never have been great champions without doping.
 Female hookers wanted by Helsinki Rugby Club
LADIES' TAG TOURNAMENT IN HELSINKI ON NOV 10thThis autumn's tag tournament will take place on Saturday Nov 10th in Töölö, Helsinki, on the Finnair Stadium's Astroturf at 11:30 – 15:30. The g
 Wor Bobby by Clint Wayne
Had he not been so modest and introvert, there was a time in the late 1960s when Bobby Charlton could have claimed, with some justification, that he was the most famous living Englishman and as he celebrates his 70th birthday today he is still hel
 Give up your medals, MarionGive up your medals, Marion by Joseph Gatt
There is no evidence, yet, whatsoever, that Marion Jones used illegal substances in all competitions in which she won medals. Yet, there are indicators that she, and several other athletes, dope.Marion Jones was married to
 Baltic Plate 2007 Report by Helsinki Rugby Club
What a weekend! We’ve been holding three competitions within one tournament during the weekend.
 The Baltic Plate by Helsinki Rugby Club
Finland's biggest rugby event of the year, the Baltic Plate, will take place in Myllypuro, Helsinki, on September 29, 2007. This is the 7th annual tournament that will this year have twice the number of teams par
 A sumo mountain by Thanos Kalamidas
However strange it may sound, out of my Japanese experiences what I enjoyed the most is sumo and after so many years I still watch it every time I have the chance! As a fan of football and classic sports, I never really liked boxing or wrestling.
  Ferrari-McLaren: una sentenza che delude, un intrigo che ispira by Newropeans-Magazine
Mi accuseranno di essere un ferrarista, in quanto italiano: ma poco importa. In fondo, ogni volta che mi capita di difendere il Papa danno per scontato che io sia cattolico (sempre in quanto italiano), e allora ci si abitua. Alla fine, se ama
 The Sultan of Swat by Jack Wellman
On September 20th, 1927, 80 years ago, George Herman Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season. Previously, in 1921, he had hit 59 which shattered the old mark of 29. Known to the world as “The Babe”, Babe
 Leet - a global sports reality by Asa Butcher
How often in life do you get the chance to play a brand new sport, where anyone can win $1 million and also become the next sports and TV icon? This chance is an innovative new sport called Leet and it will be the core of a new reality television
 Discriminative fan... (in Greek) by Ovi Magazine Guest
Discriminative fan...  (in Greek)By Romanos Dragasis Από την περασμένη Πέμπ
 Howzat! by Clint Wayne
That is the sound to be heard on countless Village Greens the length and breadth of England during the hot summer months as leather ball meets willow in the exquisite game of Cricket. However, out in
 Croke Park by Clint Wayne
Croke Park, Ireland’s National Stadium and the fourth largest sporting arena in Europe, this Sunday, takes an enormous step and probably a ‘cultural shock’ as a ‘foreign’ sport takes place for the first time in its hi
 Cameroon's coach quits by Amin George Forji
The bilingual daily Cameroon Tribune recently announced that national trainer, Dutchman, Arie Haan has quit his post six months after taking the job, citing irreconcilable differences with the country's football federation FECAFOOT. He is sai
 Six Nations Rugby by Clint Wayne
In 1823, when William Webb Ellis picked up a football during a match at Rugby University and ran with it through the opposition’s defence to score the first try in history, the game of Rugby was born, with its scrums, rucks, mauls, line-outs
 Promises, promises, Mr. Platini by Thanos Kalamidas
So that’s it. Michel Platini is the new boss of European football sending the Swedish Lennard Johansson into history and, with 17 years behind him as president, Mr. Johansson’s history book is a very thick one. The
 Galacticos to the Galaxy by Kevin Mitchell
David Beckham will end his career in the United States, just as he said he wanted. Now, I, for one, am happy about this, and not because I am a Liverpool fan. Beckham always seemed to have more style over substance,
 Roger Milla: Africa's Best by Amin George Forji
The Confederation of African Football (CAF), as part of festivities to mark its 50th anniversary on February 8th, has published the names of what it calls the 30 Best African Players in the Last 50 years.
 ZZ: Sportsman of the Year by Amin George Forji
As 2006 ended, and we welcome a new year, it is traditionally imperative to picture out persons who distinguished themselves during the course of the previous year. In fact, prominent magazines the world over are rig
 African Military Cup Of Nations by Amin George Forji
The competition wrapped up on December 17th when host, Cameroon outplayed their Malian counterpart winning 1-0. This year's African Military Football Cup competition, dubbed CAMFOOT 6, was the sixth of its kind organised in Africa. It was held
 2014 bidding is now open by Amin George Forji
The Executive Committee of the world football governing body, FIFA, have released the time schedule for the forthcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According to the programme, the competition will run for exactly one month from June 11th to Ju
 No football in Spain by Thanos Kalamidas
It is just days since I met a very good friend of mine from Spain and naturally after we had sorted out all the major and minor problems of the world we ended up discussing sport. It doesn’t matter how rarely we meet, we always end up talkin
 The 'other' World Cup by Amin George Forji
Nobody knows for sure how many countries there are in the world. The United Nations, said to be the 'world body' boasts of 192 states as members, while an organization such as the world's football governing bod
 Nigerian Queens conquer Africa by Amin George Forji
An old adage says: In the Land of the Blind, the One Eyed Man Is King. This could have been written for the Super Falcons, the Nigerian female football side. They have dominated the female version of the African Nati
 Another Greek tragedyAnother Greek tragedy by Thanos Kalamidas
While thinking about how to write this article a new question was raised. Is it sports or politics, or is it even society? The theme is violence in the sports grounds and the catalyst for talking about it happened in the Greek basketball and footb
 Barcelona shattered by Chelsea drawBarcelona shattered by Chelsea draw by Amin George Forji
The night of Tuesday, October 31st was a black one for Barcelona, when they clashed with their English archrivals, Chelsea, in front of their own fans. The 2-2 result means that the former European Champions will now have to hope they can still ad
 Football terrorism?Football terrorism? by Thanos Kalamidas
Here I was listening to the game in total concentration, the Serbians had the ball and I started to worry, the goalkeeper catches and I take a deep breath. Wednesday night and I am following my national team on the r
 England FC by Asa Butcher
On Saturday night Steve McLaren's England squad managed to do at least one good task, which was to lull the country's terminal insomniacs into a deep, long-anticipated slumber. While they were happily dreamin
 The rise of football fanzines by Asa Butcher
The growth of football fanzines in the 1980s emerged from a climate of hooliganism, Heysel, Hillsborough, I.D. card schemes, brutal policing, derelict stadiums and the responsibility was placed squarely at the feet of all football supporters. W
 Bridging the golf by Asa Butcher
It is a common belief that you must either hate or love golf, but I realised last week that there is a comfortable middle ground. Last week the 36th Ryder Cup between Team Europe and Team USA concluded at The K Club, Straffan, County Kildare in Ir
 A seminar and the Olympic spirit by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading about the First Seminar on the Autonomy of the Olympic and Sports Movement, I have to admit that I was really impressed. The seminar was held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 21st and, according to the Olympic c
 A game for the world's peace by Thanos Kalamidas
In the Bad Boys' radio show we have a routine that includes international celebrations or events and while reading from the script I stopped at one date: Thursday 21st September, International Peace Day. I stoppe
 The Brit 1 by Asa Butcher
Following those weeks after Christmas and New Year, when the decorations are returned to the attic and you are sick to death of mixed nut selections, you suddenly realize that your new trousers from Aunty aren’t exactly fitting you comfortab
 Dude? Dude! Dude! by Asa Butcher
One Sunday, while suffering from dehydration caused by excessive alcohol intake the night before, I stumbled across a film on one of the Finnish TV channels. I decided to watch being in no mood to hunt down the elusive remote control; it became th
 Football without the clichés by Asa Butcher
Hugh McIlvanney is a craftsman. A painter of words, a sculptor of vocabulary and a metaphor magician. Page after page provided a concrete foundation for those goals, players and magical moments shown numerous times on the television, never meaning
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