“‘This is only a football game, it is not a war. We cannot carry the weight of history on our shoulders.’ Fatih Terim was right and wrong about Turkey’s World Cup qualifier against Armenia back in 2008. Yes, it was only a football game. But it also wasn’t only a football game. It was the first time these neighbouring nations had come face to face since Armenia gained independence in 1991, a rivalry with a huge disparity between its ferocity and the number of games they had actually played against each other. …” The Athletic
Police officers during an opposition rally.
“There will be no supporters in the stands of Stadion Karadorde, in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, when Belarus begin their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a ‘home’ match against Switzerland on Saturday. Nor, in many eyes, will there be much excuse for the fact their meeting is taking place at all. Belarus are the competition’s pariahs: virtually friendless bar this weekend’s hosts and condemned to play all of their games on foreign soil for the foreseeable future, they will play on despite the deep sense of unease around their participation. Last March Uefa banned Belarus from playing on their own territory on account of the country’s supporting role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. …” Guardian Guardian: Russia has seamlessly returned to football – and nobody seems overly perturbed
“In the modern era, wingers can be as vital to scoring goals and creating chances as any other position on the pitch. Elite superstars like Mohamed Salah and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia have illustrated this to a tee this year, for both their goal scoring prowess and chance creation supremacy. But most young players aspiring to be the world’s best struggle to see the finer details of exactly how the likes of Salah and Kvara find themselves in those scoring positions. With that, we break down how to move off the ball like a world class winger, with real examples from the likes mentioned above, in addition to Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Alex Morgan. …” The Mastermindsite (Video)