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Pelé - a work of art

15 Dec 2011

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or Pelé as he is better known, is considered by many football fans to be the greatest footballer the world has ever seen. He was the youngest player ever to win a World Cup, a veteran of four World Cups,...
 

It's time for officials to speak out

15 Dec 2011

Another weekend of domestic football. Another weekend of controversy. That's not just last weekend though. Penalties not awarded, harsh red cards given, goals ruled out incorrectly, the list goes on. With officials...
 

Why we'll never eradicate simulation from our beautiful game

14 Dec 2011

Simulation, diving, cheating. Call it what you want but in recent weeks, we have seen a high number of examples of what, some say, is the ugly side of the beautiful game. Rangers'...
 

What have we learned in 2011?

13 Dec 2011

We are nearly at the end of what it's fair to say has been an interesting and often surprising year in football. Barcelona continue to dominate in Spain in Europe, Manchester City's investors are seeing a return on their money...
 

Here comes the science part

7 Dec 2011

Chris Carling used to flog himself playing two punishing games of football over his weekends. Now a sports scientist with French club Lille, he tells Total Football's Nick Booth about how he applies his knowledge to help others develop the right...
 

Winning trophies and changing attitudes with Team GB Deaf

1 Dec 2011

Total Football's Paul Harper takes a look at the Great Britain deaf team and the standards it has been setting. Deaf football is one of the areas of the game that doesn’t get much coverage or publicity. Without much knowledge about this...
 

It's not just racism that players have to put up with...

17 Nov 2011

Racism is not the only form of abuse that continues to rear its ugly head in the modern game. Players put up with abuse from fans on a match-by-match basis. Most of them ignore it, but some snap. David Beckham has taken a...
 

It's time to show racism the red card

17 Nov 2011

Football is topical and the big talking point this week is racism. A huge effort has been made to stamp out the problem, but there are ongoing challenges. The John Terry and Anton Ferdinand race row continues, Luis Suarez has been...
 

Exclusive - Paul Trevillion: Childlike genius

16 Nov 2011

Roy of the Rovers and You are the Ref artist Paul Trevillion is responsible for some of the most iconic images in the history of British sport. His image of Dixie Dean (pictured) - one of his favourites - is one of many in his extensive...
 

Are contracts worth the paper they are written on?

14 Nov 2011

Are football contracts worth the paper they're written on? Football fans frequently get annoyed with players and managers who manage to wriggle out of contracts early. If a player can only leave a club during the January and...
 

The reality of being a referee

14 Nov 2011

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an official in today’s beautiful game? Total Football's Tom Norton talked to non-league referee Neil Richards, who revealed a little bit about of officiating at grass roots...
 

A tale of two fans

14 Nov 2011

Do you hold a season ticket? Have you held it for long? Have you ever considered that, over a number of years, you’ve almost unwittingly become part of a small family, bound together by a shared love for a football team, and by simple proximity...
 

Televising Premier League matches is a win-win situation

14 Nov 2011

More Premier League games should be broadcast live and the main argument against doing so is flawed, according to new research by an economist at the University of Portsmouth. Screening live Premier League matches would not result in...
 

How to get out of playing - get a sick note

10 Nov 2011

Carlos Tevez is the highest profile case of a player not wanting to play for his club this season. But there are a number of players who we all know are injury prone, and players who apparently have a stash of doctors' notes...
 

Prozone's 'neat little bit of kit'

10 Nov 2011

When Steve McClaren joined the Manchester United ranks in 1999, he did so with very little fuss or attention. Perhaps there would have been more of clamour had we all known about the neat little bit of kit he had brought with him. ...
 

Is Frank Lampard bullet proof?

10 Nov 2011

How come Frank Lampard is so durable? Is he bullet proof? Or has he done Pilates? How come some footballers seem to break down every five minutes while Frank Lampard seems indestructible and Ryan Giggs’ career has spanned two...
 

Finding work in football

7 Nov 2011

With over 2.5 million people out of work in the UK, the saying ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ has never been more relevant. Millions of people are taking any job rather than persist in the pursuit of their dream career. To most it is...
 

Twyford Comets celebrate 30 years of Dutch exchange

28 Oct 2011

Berkshire-based boys club Twyford Comets celebrated the 30th anniversary of an annual Dutch exchange challenge match against Maastricht-based RKUVC Ullestraten with a game at Binfield FC on Monday night. The two...
 

Steve Backley: Why United are ahead of the game

21 Oct 2011

Steve Backley OBE is an Arsenal fan, but is better known as one of Great Britain’s most successful track and field athletes. As a javelin thrower, he won seven gold medals, five silvers and a bronze at major athletics...
 

Keith Hackett: Goalline technology is long overdue

15 Oct 2011

For all the incessant complaints about referees in this country, most fans would agree that the quality in England is of a very competitive standard. One man responsible for that is former head of professional referees Keith...