Entries by Charlie Carmichael

GIFTED FEET AND TORTURED SOULS: WHEN ADRIANO MET MUTU AT PARMA

Nestled between the industrial Milan and the rolling landscapes of Florence, Parma sits peacefully in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. Red and beige-hued bricks form its Romanesque buildings while breathtaking frescos adorn their interior. Beauty is evident, but on closer inspection, the city’s architecture reveals scars of Parma’s past. The iconic Duomo di Parma […]

Khun Vichai: Leicester City’s Miracle Man

Numb. It’s the only way to describe how I and so many others felt when the sobering, tragic news hit. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a great man. One who dedicated his life so others could live there’s to the fullest. He was so invested, not only in Leicester City Football Club, but in the city itself. […]

COMEDY, TURMOIL AND POWER: FLORENCE THROUGH VIOLA LENSES

There is no city quite like Florence. Quintessentially Italian in culture, its history is both artistically rich and intertwined with political upheaval. The architecture is breath-taking, food and wine exquisite, and day-to-day life blissfully nonchalant. In short, the peninsula’s central metropolis has beauty in abundance. Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance and home to […]

SAN IKER CASILLAS

In the heart of Madrid lies the iconic Plaza de Cibeles. Its opulent surroundings are furnished by a lavish fountain at the centre of which stands a statue of the Greek Goddess, Cybele. Many years ago, Real Madrid unofficially adopted the fountain, using the plaza as a vehicle to parade the fruits of their victories. […]

O Fenômeno and the Mystery of 1998

This is arguably the most high-profile mystery in professional sport. It involves the division of socialism, political upheaval and a shocking example of the corruption caused by remuneration. The story involves two protagonist nations- one which solved their countries epidemic through football, and another where the beautiful game acted as a catalyst, providing the bewildering […]

Kerlon and the demise of a great that never was

Few things evoke emotion quite like observing something extraordinary on the football field. An act that defies all logic and belief. The gasps of those in attendance, the clattering of seats as spectator’s rise to their feet in unison. Witnessing something awe-inspiring is magical at the best of times, yet when such aptitude is conjured […]