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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

F=O=O=T=B=A=L=L, or, How a Gang of Lousy Thieves Made Journalism Feel Like Poetry Again
“Everything gathers constituent at this time and accompanying the internet being how it is now, people can impress anything without foundation and a hi can build up out of nothing.”

Could the Problem for England Beā€¦England?
A closer look at the “too many foreigners in the Premier League” argument.

The Last Kings of Scotland
Scotland bravely go down to a major world footballing power. I remember this as if it happened the day before yesterday.

Alienation and Despair at The Guardian
The Guardian’s ongoing attempt to become a Camus play lifts it to a terrifying plateau.

England 2 – 3 Croatia
England crash out of Euro 2008, Steve McClaren twirls his umbrella, and I accurately predict that Croatia will reach the quarterfinals in Austria.

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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

by Brian Phillips · November 21, 2008

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