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The remarkable Jason Scotland

Can you recall a day in your life that you wish you could take back? Jason “Scotty” Scotland, a former trainee electrician from a poor neighbourhood in Morvant, Trinidad, does. His mother, Ann, now lives in a comfortable and sizeable two-storey home in Barataria. He drives a Range Rover. This July, …

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Madrid ambushes Barcelona to lift Supercopa

On the last occasion that Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova took his eye off Real Madrid boss José Mourinho, he almost lost it. Vilanova was assistant to Pep Guardiola for the second leg of the 2011 Spanish Supercopa when Mourinho inexplicably yanked at the former man’s face during a fracas. In …

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Mourinho stokes fires ahead of El Clásico

It is a new La Liga season but prepare for the same old José Mourinho. As Real Madrid tries to recover from last Thursday’s 3-2 first leg Spanish Supercopa deficit, the highly successful but equally controversial Portuguese coach returned to one of his old classics by accusing rival Barcelona of …

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Madrid prepares for Barcelona examination

“Are you a football fan?” I asked the taxi-driver, who collected me at the Barajas Madrid Airport. “Yes,” he said. “Real Madrid.” His eyes searched mine through the rear view mirror for a few seconds. It resembled the look of a man who had just shown off his girlfriend and …

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Caledonia squanders Marathon opportunity

Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA is left with a desperate sprint to the finish to advance from its CONCACAF Club Championship group after a goalless draw against CD Marathón tonight at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The Caledonia team, which lost its opening group match 3-1 away to Seattle …

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Caledonia hungry for Marathon snack

Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA will hope for a timely resumption of eating habits this week as the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League club aims to follow Eid ul-Fitr with a football feast on Wednesday night. The “Eastern Stallions” host Honduran outfit, CD Marathón, from 8 pm at the Ato …

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Spanish inquisition ends; but is it better than watching Brazil?

On Sunday night, the Spain football team left its opponents confounded, breathless and whipped into an open mouthed awe. And those were just the armchair critics. God knows how the Italian players felt. Spain’s 4-0 triumph over Italy at the Euro 2012 finals in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium was the most …

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Euro 2020 is coming to the Caribbean… Maybe

Scene: Office of Caribbean Football Union President, Gordon Derrick. The telephone rings. “Good morning, Bonjour, Buenos Dias, Goedemorgan, Guten morgen, Chow Baby, Gordon Derrick speaking.” Photo: Recently elected CFU president Gordon Derrick “Uhm, Good morning, Mr Derrick. Sepp Blatter here.” “Ah, your Lordship. How are you, sir?” “I’m very well, …

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Caledonia AIA takes Caribbean football title

Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA enjoyed the most memorable night of the club’s 32-year history today as the Morvant/Laventille-based football team edged fellow Trinidad and Tobago Pro League team, W Connection, to win the 2012 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Twenty-two year …

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Islanders grab CONCACAF date with Beckham

England football star David Beckham and the LA Galaxy will be going to Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Islanders beat Antigua Barracuda 2-0 this evening at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella to secure the final CONCACAF Club Championship spot at stake. The Islanders lifted the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) …

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