The dawn of a new era is upon us. The balance of power has shifted. A new global force stirs in the east. No, I’m not quoting Lord of the Rings, although I probably could be. Rather, these are the kind of phrases you will have encountered when reading of the rampant rise of Chinese football. But is the hype justified?
In recent times there has been something of a mass ex..
The Rugby World Cup semi-finals in September 2015 seem a long time ago. The four best teams in what is becoming an increasingly global game pitted their wits against one another in West London. Not one of the four had a cold Christmas. Not one of them had a gruelling domestic season ahead of them. Each one of them descended upon Twickenham to confirm what the rugby world knew had been happening for some time: the southern hemisphere had officially claimed ownership..
There’s one on every street, numerous in every city. Incomprehensible to the old school, bloated pub-dweller, and church to the endorphin-crazed, carb-counting, beautiful young things. Many are open 24 hours a day, and all are packed to the air-conditioned rafters with people of all shapes, sexes, sizes and goals. To one, the cover of Men’s Fitness beckons. To another, staving off the early onset of age is enough. To all, the gym is, and has been for some time, a staple part of life – a one-way ticket to self-improvement, self-confidence and self-worth.
Whilst most o..
As we reach the halfway point in the 2016-17 Premier League season, one thing alone seems strikingly certain: the health of the English domestic game has been restored to somewhere close to its mid-noughties pomp. To say this is to imply that it has been somewhat lacking of late, which might come as a surprise to some of you. Yet, delicious as it may have been in its undiluted ludicrousness, Leicester City being crowned champions does not point to a highly competitive, continentally-dominant Premier League. Quite t..
At the risk of sounding like every other cliché-wrapped bundle of festive round-up codswallop: this year has been quite the rollercoaster. Unprecedented successes have been followed by mind-numbingly predictable failures. Normal orders have been restored, usurped and downright destroyed. Reputations have been fortified ..
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The BBC’s publicity people have got one hell of a job on th..
It is a sign of changing times that the early season international breaks are, to most of us, something of an inconvenience. The lustre of the Premier League is now such that it far eclipses its international counterpart for excitement, drama and quality, and any interruption to its seemingly endless stream of high-class theatre is treated irksome to those who plan their weekends around it. Now it’s all over and done with till March, we can get back to the opulent footballing indulgences of West Brom v Burnley on a Monday night. Thank god.
This most recent round of fixtures, howev..
Misinformed concerns and a misrepresented image of the gym-goer have led historically to a wariness on the part of parents to all things gym. However, over the past two decades, things have changed dramatically...