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Sean Cole

Sean Cole has written for the Guardian, VICE Sports and When Saturday Comes amongst other places. He supports Birmingham City and once scored a hat-trick at St Andrew’s (in a half-time game).

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Football  / 5 Highlights From World Cup Semi-final History
One The Eve Of England's Croatian Clash, Looking Back On 5 Of The Best World Cup Semi-Finals
There are two intriguing contests in store this week, featuring four countries with limited experience at this stage of the World Cup. For the first…
Football  / The Last England Player To Win The Golden Boot
Remembering When Gary Lineker Won The Golden Boot In 1986
They tried everything to distract him from the task at hand. Anything to delay the inevitable. Several players remonstrated with the referee even after it…
Harry Maguire's Remarkable Journey From England Fan To World Cup Hero
The picture has been doing the rounds for a while now. You’ve probably seen it. Harry Maguire in France with his mates, watching England take…
Remembering When England Met Colombia In The 1998 World Cup
Meetings between England and Colombia have been few and far between, with just five overall. Rene Higuita's scorpion kick was the highlight of an otherwise…
Football  / Falcao Out To Upset England
A Premier League Misfit But Colombia Star Radamel Falcao Can Cause England Problems
When assessing Radamel Falcao’s club career, two seasons immediately stand out. For such a prolific goalscorer, he has only twice failed to reach double figures…
Football  / How Uruguay Have Earned World Cup Progression
Uruguay Displayed In Win Over Portugal That They Are Keeping Defensive Traditions Alive
After a pulsating 4-3 win for France against Argentina in the day’s earlier game, it could have been construed as an anti-climax. Even though Edinson…
Classy Uruguay Exemplify The Rare Art Of Defending In An Open World Cup Tournament
Classy Uruguay Exemplify The Rare Art Of Defending In An Open World Cup Tournament
Football  / Breakout Stars Light Up WC Group Stage
5 Surprise Packages From The World Cup Group Stage
One of the great joys of the World Cup is its ability to surprise and delight. Even in an age of information overload, with supporters…
Football  / The Ever-Presents Letting Sides Down In Russia
5 Key Players Who Underperformed In The World Cup Group Stages
The nature of international football, with limited preparation time and a disparate group of players coming together at short notice, creates an element of uncertainty.…
Football  / 5 Of The Best World Cup Hat-tricks
Following Harry Kane's First World Cup Hat-trick, We Remember Some Of The Best The Tournament Has Seen
Two penalties and a deflection might not have made for the most satisfying hat-trick, but Harry Kane still joins an impressive list of players to…
England's World Cup Clash With Belgium Evokes Memories Of A Classic Match On This Day In 1990
On Thursday evening, England face Belgium to decide who wins their World Cup group. It will be the first time the two countries will have…
Football  / Messi v Ronaldo Is Spoiling The World Cup...
The Tiresome Messi v Ronaldo Debate Is Getting Out Of Hand Again
Jorge Sampaoli restlessly wandered the touchline, trying to spark some life into his team. It didn’t work. A woefully unbalanced Argentina never looked like scoring,…
Football  / 5 Of The Best World Cup Humblings
After Croatia Beat Argentina 3-0, We Remember Some Of The Most Memorable World Cup Schoolings
Any team able to call on a player as talented as Lionel Messi has to be taken seriously, but Argentina are at risk of turning…
Complaints About The Quality Of Saudi Arabia And Other World Cup Minnows Are Misguided
The opening game of a World Cup tends to be tight and cagey, with few chances offered up. Both sides are still working each other…
Diego Costa Is The Steel Fist Spain Need To Shine At This World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick, taking his total of international goals to a scarcely believable 84, inevitably dominated the discussion that followed the 3-3 draw between…
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