England playing France in the opening game of Group D had the feeling of a redemptive catharsis after the ignominies of the 2010 World Cup; the two worst losers from that tournament pitted against one another as new orders took competitive shape. France were inevitably the more creative, thrusting side but England's schooling by their new coach was palpable and, much to Roy Hodgson's credit, they…Continue
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‘The influence of celebrity has been especially pronounced on certain kinds of media products (Turner, 2006: 487)
It is not so uncommon to see your favourite sport star or favourite entertainment star on the front of a magazine cover, or on the front pages of a newspaper with the mass media that is now readily available to consumers including: TV, Radio, Magazines, Newspapers, and the Internet, which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in some cases. Therefore, this chapter…Continue
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Football offers much more to the Premiership stars than just money, it offers pride, emotion but also fear. It is a game of many highs but consists of very low points of an individual’s career. This is when the ‘beautiful game’ becomes less about the money and more about the game itself, as Premiership players who play for their country show pride and passion as they sing the national anthems of their respective countries. Also in high profile games the players seem to be more involved with…Continue
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In a season that has seen racism return to the limelight of English football, John Terry has this week pleaded not guilty against a racially-aggravated public order offence for an alleged racial slur during a match last October. The date for the trial has been set for 9thJuly.
The accusation came after a video of John Terry, appearing to use…Continue
Joey Barton may have promised to tone down his twitter posts after dinner with ‘three wise-men’, but every time his omission from the England squad is announced, I wonder how hard he has to fight to post his true feelings towards his exclusion?
However, the reason Barton perhaps opts not to is because of the multiple factors that aren’t in his favour.
Take his former club, Newcastle, for example. It could be argued that Newcastle have taken many by surprise this season, and…Continue
After Capello's damp squib of a team crashes out of Euro 2012 in typical fashion, a loss at the first knockout stage after an undefeated group stage of two 0-0 draws and a single 1-0 victory. It's the end of the golden generation, several big names retire from the national side. Including one surprise, the still relatively young Wayne Rooney, who due to his suspension only played the single match. Only one man can rebuild this…Continue