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Dear José and various Chav$kis—I gotta hand it to you. You've won this thing before a minute of football has even been played. No matter the actual outcome, you've got the inside angle on winning. If Chelsea win, of course, the story is simple: Arsène continues to be a specialist in failure. If Arsenal win, however much this complicates the plot, you can dismiss it in your snide, sneering self-serving way. It's only the Community Shield, after all. No one takes it seriously anymore—that is, if anyone ever did take it seriously in the first place. Yep. That's right. You and Chelsea are in the enviable no-risk position of going into a match whose outcome means nothing. Do whatever you want. Win, lose, it doesn't matter. And yet...In any other season, this might all be true. Then again, this...
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With Ronaldo nominated for the 2014/2015 Best Player In Europe award, it had me wondering and many others for that matter, whether Madrid are pretty fortunate to have him in their team and as a result rely upon his talents too much? I'm not writing this as a huge Madrid or Ronaldo fan, rather as someone with an interest in football and an opinion on what appears to be happening in European football. I remember school football and there would always be players who were substantially better than others because of their speed and strength. Of course the standards wouldn't necessarily be very high and this meant the good players truly stood out. But this gulf in talent isn't something that you expect to see in professional football. Yet the likes of Ronaldo and Messi can truly win...
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Dear Arsenal Football Club Attention: Stanley Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger. As a customer, I would like to complain about several issues that need to be addressed and I trust it will be taken sincerely and with utmost concern. These issues at hand are generally the flippant and apathetic attitude taken towards fans of late. Need I remind you, that Arsenal is and always will be a football club at its core. It is not some kind of faceless, corporate entity through which you can continually abuse and exploit the loyalty and passion of us fans who have been supporting all our lives. We have been told by CEO Ivan Gazidis over the past few years that there is money and resources to be spent on top players to bolster and strengthen our squad, in order to compete at the...
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Dear Mourinho, Regardless of what our rivals say or think, the truth is that Chelsea was the best team in the premiership last season, organized by one of the best managers of all time in the game of football. Chelsea over the years has grown into one of the big boys of world football, thanks to the emergence of Mr. Abramovich and the arrival of you ‘the special one’, the blue family has grown a lot since then, that is why here in Africa, we do not only support Chelsea but we also love the ‘special one’ so much. After celebrating our convincing title win last season, we are anticipating a wonderful title defense in the coming season and at least a champions league final. Here are some of the reasons why I personally think we will have a successful title defense; 1. Chelsea is the...
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Gymnastics is one of the hardest, toughest, and most rewarding sports in existence. It pushes you to your breaking point and tests your strength and willpower at all times. Sometimes you emerge triumphant, other times you feel defeated. The feeling that you get when you finally land a skill you have been working on for weeks, or you nail a perfect routine, or even getting a compliment from your coach are what makes all of the bad days worth it. The feeling of triumph, of knowing that you have accomplished something, is what reminds you how far you have come and how much closer you are to accomplishing your goal. I love gymnastics. Other than another gymnast, no other person can even begin to fathom the fierce, all-consuming love I feel for this sport. It's more than just a hobby,...
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Dear fans of Manchester United, I understand that you are busy preparing to watch the team take on Liverpool, and so I thought this would be a good time for me to share my ideas and thoughts with all of you. Why would I do that? Because I think you are the most important part of the institution that is Manchester United, and I want your support as I do whatever it takes to get the club back to where it belongs. I will admit this – when I took over the role of trainer-coach here, I did not realise how big the club is. I had not imagined how people across the world view the team as their favourite, and I definitely did not know how huge the fan base was. Fair to say it did take me a little by surprise, but that never fazed me. It just meant that I had to work harder to achieve all that I...
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Dear David, Before you make your decision to either stay or leave Manchester United, you need to do a little reminiscing and soul searching. Remember that you were relatively unknown until the club introduced you to the world. Remember your first season when your confidence was so low you couldn’t hold on firmly to almost every crossed ball and everyone made a mockery of your talent. Remember how your confidence used to fail you so much you spilled Phil Bardsley’s feeble shot into the net in the final minute of extra time at the Capital One Cup semi final 2nd leg. It was Manchester United’s game against Sunderland in 2013/2014 season – a mistake that was a catalyst for the eventual exit of Manchester United from that competition. There were other frequently occurring embarrassing goofs...
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Dear Jose, First I want to congratulate your side for winning the Premier League. I agree that it is the hardest competition to win throughout Europe. I also want to put a few things straight. Chelsea have undoubtedly been the strongest team this year and I will agree that many of the journalists and fans calling them ‘boring’ is pretty unfair as they have been set up to play to their strengths depending on which team they are up against. I can only apologise for some of the low comments made from Arsenal fans regarding this point especially when we have been in the past labelled ‘Boring, Boring Arsenal’, but this period was also very good for our club in terms of trophies. What I will say though is this. Football sometimes is unjust. Chelsea are a disgrace, have absolutely no...
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Dear José Mourinho and various Chelsea fans, I gotta hand it to you. You've won this thing before a minute of football has even been played. No matter the actual outcome, you've got the inside angle on winning. If Chelsea win, of course, the story is simple: Arsène Wenger continues to be a specialist in failure. If Arsenal win, however much this complicates the plot, you can dismiss it in your snide, sneering self-serving way. It's only the Community Shield, after all. No one takes it seriously anymore – that is, if anyone ever did take it seriously in the first place. Yep. That's right. You and Chelsea are in the enviable no-risk position of going into a match whose outcome means nothing. Do whatever you want. Win, lose, it doesn't matter. And yet... In any other season, this might...
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Dear Oscar Now that you've been sentenced, you may well be angry and sad, and unwilling to seek or take advice, but if you are to make the most of your future, which could still be positive and useful, now is the time to pause, take stock, and chart new directions. You've become very accustomed to paying a lot of money for advice, whether or not it was good for you, or mainly good for the folks charging you. This is free! Emotions: there's been much too much talk about these, and rather a lot of emotional incontinence. Express them in private. I think it was unfair when your emotional displays in court were dismissed as entirely mere playacting. I think they were exaggerated, though, probably with some unfortunate encouragement by those who should know better. And once one...
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