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Matthew Crist

Matthew Crist has been following football for more than 30 years and writes about the history of the game, along with current issues and the latest major talking points

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Remembering One Of The Premier League's Greatest Players
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
The Premier League has seen its fair share of foreign imports since its conception often due to the lure of playing in one of the…
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New Stars On The Pundit Panels
Graham Ruthven
The Sportsman Reporter
The World Cup, at least from a fan’s perspective, is about more than what happens on the pitch. This is a tournament also contested on…
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Memorable Music From World Cups Of Yesteryear
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Nobby Styles dancing on the Wembley turf in 1966, Marco Tardelli’s screaming celebration after that 1982 strike, Gazza’s tears following England’s agonising defeat in Turin…
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How VAR Could've Changed Footballing History Down The Years
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
For the first time ever Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used in the World Cup finals with technology having the potential to fundamentally change…
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How's This For A Quick World Cup Goal
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
The early 1980s was a pretty forgettable period for the England national team, except, that is, for an electrifying start to the World Cup in…
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When Bryan Robson Made World Cup History
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
The early 1980s was a pretty forgettable period for the England national team, except, that is, for an electrifying start to the World Cup in…
14:06
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Let's Hope For An Opening Game That Doesn't Fall Into This Category
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
It’s a game every football fan looks forward to as, after what seems like an eternity, the World Cup finally arrives to signal the start…
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A Football Pioneer
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Despite playing for near neighbours and bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Herbert Chapman remains an Arsenal legend who would lead the Gunners to their first major…
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Memories Of Italia 90 Still Burn Bright
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Few World Cups have had the impact on a nation that the 14th staging of tournament in Italy during the summer of 1990, as this…
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ITV Revolutionised Football Coverage With This World Cup Panel
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
These days we take football punditry very much for granted but prior to1970 the only place you’d find a group of like-minded individuals sitting around,…
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''The Most Stupid, Appalling, Disgusting And Disgraceful Exhibition Of Football Possibly In The History Of The Game
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In the words of former BBC commentator David Coleman the clash between Chile and Italy at the 1962 World Cup was; “the most stupid, appalling,…
10:46
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50 Years Since Manchester United Became Kings Of Europe
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
Fifty years ago a team which had risen from the ashes of a German runway lifted European football’s greatest prize just a decade after one of…
08:05
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On This Day In 2005: Liverpool's Remarkable Champions League Fightback
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
After 45 minutes of the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul, Liverpool fans both at the Ataturk Stadium and those watching around the world, must…
13:30
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The Football League Play-Off Bring Out The Best And Worse Emotions
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
In 1987 the Football League play-offs were introduced as something of a temporary measure while the English football pyramid underwent a period of reconstruction, but…
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When Liverpool Beat Real Madrid To Win The European Cup In 1981
Matthew Crist
The Sportsman Reporter
With Royal Wedding fever sweeping the country, both Liverpool and Real Madrid have overcome Italian and German opposition in the semi-finals to reach the final…
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