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Paris: Where You Can Leave Your Heart … and Your Wallet

October 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Paris, tourism, Travel

I had been in Paris barely 10 minutes today when I had my pocket picked. Arrived from the south of the country on the fast train into Gare de Lyon, made my way downstairs to the Metro’s 1 line, got into a jammed car just as the doors were about to close … and then […]

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Welcome to Barcelona! Like to Buy a Messi Shirt?

August 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Barcelona, Football, soccer, Spain

Estacio Sants is the main train station in Barcelona. In case you have lost track of where you have stepped off the train from, say, France … the famous local football team has a merchandise store you can hardly miss as you exit the station — one of (by my count) nine such stores in […]

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Eight Summer Olympics Is Enough

August 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, Beijing Olympics, Dodgers, Football, Journalism, Lakers, London 2012, NBA, Newspapers, Olympics, Rio Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

Rio 2016 is the first Summer Olympics I will not attend since Moscow 1980. Yes, it was a good run. I made it to eight consecutive Summer Games. Beginning with Los Angeles 1984 and continuing with Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The first four with […]

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Ricardo Quaresma: From Dubai Rejection to Euro 2016 Hero

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Barcelona, Dubai, Football, France, soccer, UAE

It was three years ago that I saw Ricardo Quaresma at what must have been his low ebb. This would have been in Abu Dhabi, in the stands at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, where I watching the final of the President’s Cup — which pitted Al Ahli and Al Shabab on a stultifying May evening. […]

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A Champions League Convert

December 9th, 2015 · No Comments · Arsenal, Barcelona, Champions League, English Premier League, Football, France, Italy, Paris, Rome, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

After six years on the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean, I can safely identify two additions to Sports Competitions I Follow. The English Premier League … which is a subdivision of the ultra elite European Champions League. This is where the world’s most famous sports teams come to play because, really, we must concede […]

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Broadening the Champions League Footprint

September 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Champions League, Football, NFL, soccer, The National, UAE

The European Champions League is a very big deal in most of the world. Especially once we get down to the group stage, which boasts 32 of the best club teams in Europe — which generally means 32 of the best teams in the world. We at The National hold deadline an additional 90 minutes, […]

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Galaxy: The First MLS Super Team?

August 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Barcelona, Football, Galaxy, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

On this side of the Atlantic, they have a tired, trite expression for perennially successful soccer teams. Those that dominate their league, pay the best salaries and seem to suck up the best players, as they become available. “Giants”, they inevitably are called. “Juventus, the Serie A giants … Bayern Munich, the German giants … […]

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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Juventus

June 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Barcelona, English Premier League, Football, Italy, soccer, The National, UAE

In much of Eurasia, Italian soccer was the first external brand seen on local TV. This was in the 1990s, when Europe’s other big leagues were still pretty much off the air. Certainly overseas. Italy, then, filled a programming void, and soccer fans all over the Middle and Far East of Asia, for instance, regularly […]

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The Mark of Expedience: No Diacriticals

February 12th, 2015 · No Comments · Barcelona, soccer, The National

We edit and write in British English, here at The National, in Abu Dhabi. Which can be tricky. And sometimes annoying. But the newspaper made one decision back before the launch, in April of 2008, that is brilliant. No diacritical marks. Ever. Expedient? You bet. Sensible? Absolutely. Hence, none of this in our pages:

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Ballon d’Or and the Voting Breakdown

January 13th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Barcelona, Brazil 2014, Fifa, Football, France, Lists, soccer, The National, World Cup

First, the irony. World soccer governing body Fifa won’t tell you how its two-dozen executive committee members voted after they hand out the World Cup … But Fifa gives us chapter and verse on how the voting goes for the Ballon d’Or, the player-of-the-year award. Which Cristiano Ronaldo won tonight, as he should have, for […]

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