“German football magazine 11Freunde asked for ‘two further football players beside the ever-present George Best’ to find on the cover of Oasis’s Definitely Maybe. I’m only able to spot Rodney Marsh – is there another?” asks Ulrich Stolze. This is the problem with MP3s: you can’t consult them when you need to answer obscure questions for weekly internet-based football columns. We did find the front cover, but despite studying it so hard that our visual acuity went down by 22.24%, we could only find the aforementioned Best and Marsh. Thankfully, Graham Randall prefers the tangible to the digital. “On the inside cover of the vinyl version, Liam is reading a newspaper,” says Graham. “On the back page is Leicester’s Steve Walsh celebrating his winner in the 1994 play-off final against Derby.” Walsh completes an unlikely trinity. There is a photograph of Best on the windowsill and another of Marsh by the … [Read more...] about Which football players appear on the cover of Definitely Maybe?
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A 63rd-minute substitution in the Russia v Croatia game ruined an electrician's dreams of winning a life-changing sum from a £1 bet. Marc Morrison's dreams were over when Croatia's Ivan Perisic was withdrawn from yesterday's World Cup game. Marc, 26, only needed Perisic to score from outside the penalty area to win £140,505 from his flutter . Three out of his four accumulator bets had already come in, with France's Antoine Greizmann, and Belgium's Kevin de Bruyne and England's Harry Maguire all netting in the other quarter-final games. Marc, from Aberdeen, had bet on Greizmann and de Bruyne to score from outside the area, while he also correctly forecast Maguire scoring a header in England's game against Sweden. But it was not meant to be, with the Croatian midfielder Perisic being subbed off just moments after hitting the post. Marc said he and his friend got excited every time Perisic got the ball during the game, which finished 2-2 before Croatia pipped Russia on … [Read more...] about Punter misses £140k windfall from £1 accumulator as Ivan Perisic fails to score in Croatia v Russia game
Two Nigerian student table tennis players are begging authorities in Sarajevo to return them to their home country after they were wrongly deported to Bosnia by Croatian police, who mistook them for undocumented migrants. In an interview with the Guardian, Abia Uchenna Alexandro and Eboh Kenneth Chinedu said they were victims of injustice and that the only reason they were forcibly taken to Bosnia is that they are black. “We hold the truth and we have evidence of it,” said Chinedu via telephone from an immigration centre in east Sarajevo where the pair are detained. Uchenna and Chinedu, students at the Federal University of Technology Owerri in Nigeria, arrived in Croatia with a regular visa on 12 November, on their way to participate in the fifth World InterUniversities Championships, held this year in Pula. The pair, both 18, left Pula for the Croatian capital, Zagreb, after the tournament and were supposed to fly to Lagos on 18 November. “The night before our … [Read more...] about Nigerian students deported to Bosnia plead to be sent home
"Manchester United's win at Newcastle last week was their 11th in a row in the league," notes Michael Strutter. "Is that a record for the top flight in England or even Europe?" The short and long answer is 'no', but they aren't far away from an English top-flight record. That belongs to Arsenal, who scorched to 14 consecutive Premiership wins in 2002, 13 of them to clinch the title at the back end of the 2001-02 season. That 13-match winning streak began and ended with victories over Everton; they then beat Birmingham in the first game of the 2002-03 season before drawing at West Ham. Three other English sides have won 14 in a row in what was then the Second Division: Manchester United (1904-05), Bristol City (1905-06) and Preston (1950-51). All of which is knocked into a cocked one by the achievements of Martin O'Neill's Celtic. After drawing the first game of the 2003-04 season at Dunfermine, they won the next 25 until they were held at home by Motherwell in the middle of March. Even … [Read more...] about Have Manchester United just set a record for consecutive league wins?
This movie from first-time feature director Ladj Ly has one of the most striking and even glorious pre-credit sequences I can remember. It shows the cheering, screaming crowds on the streets of Paris last summer, when France had just beaten Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup. This is a seething mass of humanity with tricolours waving everywhere, boiling with joy. Finally, the director flashes up the title over the people, ecstatic in their triumph: Les Misérables. It’s an irresistible irony and it kicks the film off with a great exhilarating jolt of humour, cynicism, energy and savvy. But what begins as a fascinatingly tough cop procedural gets less interesting when the violence begins, and it becomes a solemnly ponderous issue movie on those familiar subjects of police brutality and community divisions. The stakes are ostentatiously raised, the riot makes it looks like a war movie and it ends unconvincingly. Rather as with Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan from 2015, it’s a … [Read more...] about Les Misérables review – savvy cop procedural swerves into molotov mayhem