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Robert ​Prosinecki and the Improbable Portsmouth Years

Robert Prosinečki was so talented that the Championship was simply child's play to him. It is a wonder how this mercurial, overweight, cigarette-puffing 32-year-old even wound up on the south coast – but Fratton Park was a richer place for it.
Greg Kitchin
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Soccer on Iceland's Volcanic Island of Heimaey

The island town of Heimaey is home to Icelandic top-tier side IBV Vestmannaeyjar, a club that feels a world away from the bright lights of England's Premier League. It's this sense of seclusion that lends the team its unique charm.
Marc Boal
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Ali Al-Habsi: The Desert Fireman

The first footballer of Gulf Arab origin to play in the Premier League, Ali Al-Habsi is an icon to many. Against all odds, the former fireman has made a legacy for himself on English shores.
Karan Tejwani

​The Myth and Magic of Jose Leandro Andrade, Soccer's First Black Icon

At times, the story of Jose Leandro Andrade sounds semi-fictional – and aspects of it probably are. But, rather than diminish his incredible legacy, this uncertainty strengthens the intrigue surrounding one of football's first truly global icons.
Jim Weeks
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Javier Zanetti, Inter Milan and The Rebel Football Match That Never Took Place

Considering his background, Javier Zanetti’s affinity with the impoverished people of Mexico was unsurprising. So he forged a bond with the Zapatista rebel movement, and Inter Milan followed his lead.
Will Magee
the catalan legend of johan cruyff

Total Footballer, Total Rebel: Johan Cruyff and The Resurgence of Catalonian Pride

Several months on from the passing of one of the game's greatest icons, Shirsho Dasgupta examines how Johan Cruyff's upbringing in sixties Amsterdam prepared him for hero status among the Catalan people.
Shirsho Dasgupta
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Whisper it Softly, But Are Leeds United on the Way Back?

While it's not nearly time for Leeds fans to start thinking about promotion parties, the vast improvement in the team's form under Garry Monk cannot go unmentioned. Could the Yorkshire side finally be headed back to the Premier League?
Kevin O'Neill