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Bafana’s tough ask

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Afcon 2013: Igesund’s “cheapies” bidding to upstage football’s Money League

Bafana Bafana will need every breath of support from a sports-mad nation to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. South Africa lacks quality now that its only genuine superstar, £4,8m rated Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, has retired from internationals. This leaves only two of SA’s squad worth over £1m on the global football market, a modest figure in current market conditions.

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Champions League draw

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Manchester Utd, Arsenal pull short straws by drawing Real Madrid, Bayern Munich 

English clubs Manchester United and Arsenal have mountains to climb to get past the key knockout round in football’s richest competition, the European Champions League. Manchester United had the worst possible draw being pitted against the world’s biggest club, Real Madrid of Spain. Arsenal avoided a nightmare clash with FC Barcelona, but ended with a task almost as tough when drawing Bayern Munich. 

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Wenger revisited

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Wenger’s future revisited – judging Arsenal’s boss by yardsticks that matter

Speculation around the possible firing of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been rife. It prompted my investigation into whether calls for the footballing legend’s professional death were supported by facts. Analysing issues which really matter – Wenger’s priorities and the cost per point earned – closes the  case.

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Transforming West Ham

 Olympic Stadium

Super-power status beckons for Hammers with Olympic Stadium move

Like every other life-long West Ham United supporter, it has taken a while for this week’s big news to sink in. The club, for so long a Cinderella bouncing between divisions, is now on the verge of joining the Big Boys. A move to the £500m Olympic Stadium is game-changing for London’s perennial underdog.

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No chop for Wenger

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Guillotine for Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger?  Why it just won’t happen – Part One

 

The biggest story in Sports right now is speculation one of the most successful football managers in history will be fired. Arsenal’s long-serving French polymath Arsene Wenger is accused of having lost the plot. My research unearthed a fascinating tale and seemingly forgotten facts. Here’s Part One. 

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Breeding breakthrough

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TBA’s chief Callaghan says thoroughbred export breakthrough just months away

 

Markus Jooste of Steinhoff is one of the smartest guys I’ve met. Ditto Investec co-founder Bernard Kantor. Both are self-made billionaires who know about buying at the bottom. Both are also huge investors in SA’s thoroughbred breeding sector. A fresh arrival in my inbox suggests their bet (and mine) is about to come good.

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