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Quincy Amarikwa interview: Making moves and starting grooves – When sound and sense collide for Quakes’ showman scholar


When faith is invested in him, San Jose Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa has shown before just how impressive he can be, with the air of extravagance that goes with his force and industry making him a great watch at his best, even if it’s merely one side to a multi-layered, young Major League Soccer veteran. Read more →

Denise O’Sullivan interview: Dash is the word – Houston midfielder dreaming with Irish eyes wide open

Photo: Keeper Notes

Photo: Keeper Notes


Over half of 2016 is still to be crafted, but Ireland midfielder Denise O’Sullivan has scarcely had chance to draw breath during a year which has dealt both personal pain and incredible enchantment. The 22-year-old is living out a long-held ambition of playing professionally in the U.S. as she represents the Houston Dash, and the sights and sounds so far have been every bit as evocative as she could have wished. Read more →

Alejandro Faurlín interview: Fading out the old-time blues – Rs favourite sings a song of salvation


In seven years with Queens Park Rangers, Alejandro Faurlín lived the successes and setbacks with the club while facing his own struggles more blatantly than most ever come close to. Returning from three long-term injuries to play throughout this season, the music-devoted midfielder had a melody beside him on his way back, and it is stirring strongly again as the eternally-popular Argentinian prepares for a new verse. Read more →

Christine Nairn interview: Moving with the rhythm of the pacesetters – Spirit midfielder shooting to thrill and smoothing it out

Photo: Ashley J. Palmer /

Photo: Ashley J. Palmer /


Sitting top of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) with Washington Spirit at this early stage of the season, Christine Nairn’s career so far has been as much about refining her thinking as learning to boss a midfield, with sounds around to step to in the haste, or heal to in the calm. Read more →

James Bailey interview: Free amid the Fury – Ex-Rams midfield man’s capital venture

Photo: Ottawa Fury FC/Chris Hofley

Photo: Chris Hofley/Ottawa Fury FC


Once a Crewe Alexandra prospect, James Bailey started to make his name at Derby County before spells with Coventry City and Barnsley, although much has changed for the Ottawa Fury FC midfielder since leaving English football last year, bringing a whole lot of fresh and new, but with space always for reminders from way back when. Read more →