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Why Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi Was Football's Tactical Genius of 2013

During the press conference after Nigeria had beaten Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations quarter-final in February, Mark Gleeson—the doyen of South African football journalism—raised his hand to ask a question.<p>Stephen Keshi, Nigeria’s coach, saw him and recognised a figure who has dominated …

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Memorable moments of 2013: Sir Alex Ferguson's farewell at Old Trafford

An afternoon at Old Trafford that teemed with sentiment ranging from sadness to nostalgia found its emotional heart halfway through Sir Alex Ferguson's valedictory speech.<p>In front of the 75,572 crowd who waved red flags and cried and cheered as the stadium became part-wake, part-party, the Scot …

David Beckham And LeBron James Ownership Could Fuel MLS's Next TV Deal

Major League Soccer currently takes in $28 million dollars a year combined from ESPN, NBC Sports and Univision for its national broadcasting rights. The contracts with all three networks expire after the 2014 season.<p>How much can MLS get for its broadcasting rights beginning in 2015? During the …

RIP Nelson Mandela. The legendary former South African president once said, “Sport has the power to change the world.”