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You’ll Never Guess Who Really, Really Won the Champions League

By Rory Smith LONDON — Vinícius Junior was grinning, laughing even, long before Real Madrid had anything very much to smile about. His team had, for more than an hour, seemed to be teetering on the brink of not just defeat but something worse: an embarrassment, a humiliation, and possibly the most unlikely defeat in…
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Was it the accountant who panicked Ajax?

Was it the professional-critical attitude of the accountant that exposed a conflict of interest at Ajax? There will be no answers. However, accountants point out the special circumstances in professional football that the accountant has to take into account. Like emotions that are rampant, combined with reputational risks. Henk Vlaming “No, the information about purchased…
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Hints from the Confederação Brasileiro de Futebol

And for anyone who wants to know more and more about the Beautiful Game eyesonbrasil Amsterdam, April 1, 2023– Anyone in Brazil and far beyond and who wants to be involved in the development of modern football should ask: How do we create a successful attack? How much do we have to pay for a…
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The beautiful game

The dark side Anton Foek Amsterdam, 10 July 2021– Regardless of which team wins the European Football Championship on July 11th, three things are certain. – The first is the large viewership in sports bars and homes: 600m watched the final of the tournament in 2016. – The second is the soundtrack. Italian fans will urge…
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Beautiful Football Match

Finally The Beautiful Game has a Winner

The Perfect Pitch Part VII By William Ralston source The Guardian Amsterdam, June 19th 2021–The pitch held up perfectly. Towards the end of the match, Standley joined Frith in the tunnel, where they watched some of the final minutes together. They chatted about Raheem Sterling’s goal, proud of the role they had both played in…
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Championships decided by the quality of the pitch

Plant science Part VI by William Ralston source The Guardian Amsterdam June 19th 2021–“By the time you start the championships, the plant is on a slow keel to dying because you’re starving it,” he said. But the surface can’t be too dry at the start, “because otherwise the plant will be dead before you get…
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Neil Stubley Wembledon

Maintenance for Winter Matches start in the Summer

Plant science is key Part V by William Ralston source The Guardian Amsterdam, June 19th 2021—The job can take its toll. Like goalkeepers, groundskeepers tend not to receive much credit when things go well, but are the first to be blamed if anything goes wrong. To Stones, it is a way of life rather than…
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Dean Gilasbey

Preparing a Football Pitch begins long before the Match

Groundkeepers as much values as footballers Part IV by William Ralston Amsterdam June 19 2021–Preparations for the Euro 2020 pitches began more than two years ago. In the early hours of 25 April 2019, Dale Frith set off down the M6 to Wembley, where Uefa was gathering together its team of pitch experts for a “kick…
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The perfect Football Pitch

The Perfect Football Pitch

Life or death Part III by William Ralston Amsterdam, 19 June 2021— More than just protecting players, there were TV viewers to think about. If the Premier League was to market itself as a slick global brand, it needed a product that looked good on television. Muddy, bobbly, patchy pitches would not do. Broadcasters began…
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Winning Formula Football Pitch

Secrets of a winning Formula

The perfect Football Pitch Part II by William Ralston source The Guardian Amsterdam, June 19th 2021– When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in 2016, he asked for the grass to be cut to just 19mm, in line with the ultra-fast pitches he had demanded at his previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In the…
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