Eliot Rothwell


Eliot is a freelance football writer who has covered football from England, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine for the Daily Mirror, ESPN FC, Roads & Kingdoms, BBC Radio 5 Live, talkSPORT, and others.
  • Paulinho To Barcelona: Football Careers Adjust And Develop

    When Paulinho left Tottenham in the summer of 2015, few Spurs fans were particularly bothered. The club made a loss, recouping just £9.9 million of the £17 million paid for him, but, with Mauricio Pochettino revamping the squad and Paulinho’s spell yielding little success, his departure was not greeted with much regret. Instead of losing a cherished player to Real Madrid, as with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, Paulinho’s move attracted attention as one of the first Premier League squad players to head to China, with Guangzhou Evergrande. ...

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  • Russia Must Grow Before The World Cup – On The Field And Off It

    Before the start of the Confederations Cup last month, protests flared up in Russian towns and cities, targeting alleged corruption throughout society. The protests, facilitated by opposition leader Aleksey Navalniy, reinforced the filter through which the Russian Confederations Cup and World Cup have been viewed from outside. They joined with news stories on hooliganism, racism and homophobia to offer the immediate preface to the tournament. ...

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  • Kelechi Iheanacho’s Stagnation Shows Manchester City’s Cluttered Pathways

    In recent years, the language of marketing and public relations has bled into football discourse. It had always been there in the background, erupting onto the surface with the announcement of a new sponsorship deal or kit launch, but now it has begun to influence the way we talk about footballers and the game that they play. Tactical ideas have become “philosophy”, dealings on the transfer market fall under “recruitment” and young players being given a chance in the first-team represents a “pathway”. ...

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  • The Champions League’s Preliminary Rounds Are Its Most Romantic

    The Champions League is undoubtedly the best club competition in football. Each season, Europe’s best, and often most historic teams play each other in some of the continent’s most evocative cities. Fans are blessed with the opportunity to see the world’s best players compete for one of its grandest prizes. Regularly, the competition provides world football with some of its most memorable matches, goals and performances. ...

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  • The Confederations Cup To Play Out In The Shadow Of Russian Dysfunction

    On Monday, just five days before Russia open the Confederations Cup against New Zealand, protests spread throughout Russia’s cities. Residents of vastly separate areas of the north, east, south and west gathered in town and city squares to voice their displeasure with corruption in the country. The protests were most forceful in Moscow and St Petersburg, both Confederations Cup host cities, but spread elsewhere, including Kazan, which will host one of the semi-finals. ...

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