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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …

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Waistcoat sales up as Gareth Southgate sets trend at World Cup

England manager is said to have sparked an increase in sales of formal wear For years football fans have been able to emulate the look of their idols with replica shirts, but this World Cup something different is happening: supporters are rushing to bu…

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Roger Federer: ‘I need the fire, the excitement, the whole rollercoaster’

He has a reputation for cool, but the athlete says tennis is pure emotion – from his moody youth to weepy grand slam finals. Can he win another Wimbledon?

Roger Federer slowly, lovingly, takes the wrapping off his new racket, like a little boy with a giant lollipop. “It’s my Wimbledon racket,” he says. He runs his fingers along the frame, bounces a hand against its head. He’s got plenty of rackets, of course – he’ll sometimes use nine in one match – but this is the one he’ll start with. With a bit of luck, he says, it could last him five years.

He passes the racket to me – it is light and not highly strung, which could also be said of the man. We are in a vast warehouse in Zurich, Switzerland, and I’m swinging away with the racket and imaginary balls. He looks lean, tanned, glowing, in the way only an elite athlete can. Federer has more time on his hands than he had hoped, after pulling out of the French Open with a back injury. He’s using the opportunity to launch a new clothes line – smart, spare, the kind of thing you’d imagine Federer wears in his down time.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: ‘Mourinho is cool – the older coaches get, the cooler they get’

The Swedish superstar is about to lead out his country at Euro 2016 and, probably, reunite with his old Inter coach at Manchester United. But first he has another order of business – showing football how to do fashion

‘Hello. I am Zlatan,” announces Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s greatest footballer – and author of the bestselling memoir I Am Zlatan. Then he sits down and finishes the wrap he is eating.

We’re upstairs in the Théâtre Trévise in Paris in early May. Ibrahimovic has called the city home since signing for Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan in 2012. The next day, he will announce, in typically bombastic style, that he is leaving the club (“I came like a king, left like a legend”). Huge news, really – but today he’s here to talk about a new line of sportswear he has designed, light relief from the summer’s non-stop transfer chatter.

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From Shump’s hair to Tim Duncan’s dad jeans: we pick the NBA’s most stylish

The NBA continues its reign as America’s most stylish sports league. Megan Ann Wilson takes a look at the best suits, styles and sneakers from 2015

The NBA continues to be the most progressive sports league in America, when it comes to style, fashion and individuality. As 2015 draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect upon this past year’s true sartorial and sneaker standouts from the NBA and bestow bespoke awards to truly deserving candidates.

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Getting shirty: how classic strips and winning teams go hand in hand

Bill Shankly knew it, Brian Clough knew it, Don Revie knew it – the correlation between well-designed kit and well-functioning team is obvious

Easy to say it now, of course, but the destination of the 2014-15 Scottish Championship title should have been obvious from the get-go. Heart of Midlothian travelled to Rangers back in August for the first match of the season, and there it was, for all to see, in plain sight. Not that it was anything to do with the quality of football on show, exactly, though Hearts did outplay their hosts that day, sashaying around Ibrox with a dip in their collective hip and a glide in their stride.

They deservedly won 2-1, but here’s the rub: the Jam Tarts looked the part. The team were draped in the most beautiful kit worn by any club in many a year: plain maroon, unobtrusive badge, no sponsor, polo collar, a flattering straight hang. A gentle nod to the late 70s and early 80s, it’s a case study in bringing popular retro styles subtly up to date, a brazen switcheroo from Umbro diamond to Adidas stripe the only glaring concession to modernity.

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Getting shirty: how classic strips and winning teams go hand in hand

Bill Shankly knew it, Brian Clough knew it, Don Revie knew it – the correlation between well-designed kit and well-functioning team is obvious

Easy to say it now, of course, but the destination of the 2014-15 Scottish Championship title should have been obvious from the get-go. Heart of Midlothian travelled to Rangers back in August for the first match of the season, and there it was, for all to see, in plain sight. Not that it was anything to do with the quality of football on show, exactly, though Hearts did outplay their hosts that day, sashaying around Ibrox with a dip in their collective hip and a glide in their stride.

They deservedly won 2-1, but here’s the rub: the Jam Tarts looked the part. The team were draped in the most beautiful kit worn by any club in many a year: plain maroon, unobtrusive badge, no sponsor, polo collar, a flattering straight hang. A gentle nod to the late 70s and early 80s, it’s a case study in bringing popular retro styles subtly up to date, a brazen switcheroo from Umbro diamond to Adidas stripe the only glaring concession to modernity.

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Terracewear for men and women – in pictures

There is sportswear for the pitch, sportswear for the posh (ath-leisure) and then there is terracewear: understated, low-key sportswear, designed for hanging out but inspired by what we wear to the football. That said, feel free to wear these colourful kagouls, luxe parkas and bobble hats in Arsenal’s colours wherever you want

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Daniel Sturridge: People look at footballers as being flashy, but were hard-working. We just do fewer hours’

The resting England and Liverpool striker talks downtime, faith, family and models the new seasons reds for the Guardians Weekend magazineFollow Liverpool v Chelsea: Premier League live! Continue reading…

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Cesare Prandelli, manager of Galatasaray stylewatch

The talking point from last nights Champions League game is clearly Danny Welbecks hat-trick (yes, half the Guardian fashion desk are Arsenal fans). But we couldnt help noticing Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli on the touch line, his gesticulations of…

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Match of the Day pundits stylewatch

A new football season means a new series of Match of the Day and 2014 is a big one. It is the 50th anniversary of the programme, and the start of a brave new world without Alan Hansen. Five pundits line up around Gary Lineker, with facial expressions r…

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Cristiano Ronaldo v Daniel Sturridge: who has the sharpest style?

Theyre both great footballers and both invest a lot in their appearance on and off the pitch, but when it comes to who has the hottest look, there can only be one winner Continue reading…

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World Cup 2014: why did some players wear long sleeves?

With temperatures reaching 30C in some of the World Cup venues, why didn’t everyone just wear T-shirts? The Guardian fashion desk investigates Continue reading…

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Adrian Chiles feels the heat in Miami stylewatch

Is this the first major fashion moment of the World Cup 2014? We think so. Adrian Chiles, perspiring profusely during England’s friendly match in Miami, unbuttons his shirt to the navel and drapes a towel over his neck, looking a lot like Patrick Swayze in the sweatiest scenes of Dirty Dancing in the process. Colour-blocking a navy-blue shirt with a teal microphone cover, Chiles shows that warm weather style can be elegant, indeed, providing the appropriate style references are employed. So take heart, pundits: there is no need to panic

World Cup 2014 footballers’ haircuts: an illustrated guide
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Roy Hodgson’s Rio look: what should men wear on the beach instead?

The England manager has been strolling around Rio wearing his usual working clothes including socks as leisurewear. But what should men really wear on the beach?Adrian Chiles feels the heat in Miami stylewatchWorld Cup 2014 footballers’ haircuts: a…

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World Cup footballers’ haircuts an illustrated guide

From the Gel Boy and Modern Mod to the Godzilla and the K-Pop Crop, players will be sporting an array of bold and curious hairstyles on the pitch during the 2014 tournament. Here, we outline the key trends World Cup kits through the ages How I became a…

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José Mourinho’s double collar – stylewatch

Is Chelsea manager José Mourinho over the V-neck sweater already, or just moving the trend on?

As Sunday’s game against Norwich drew to a close with the scoreline at 1-1, Chelsea fans were probably too occupied with finger-chewing and watching the clock to notice their manager’s jumper choice. When two goals in two minutes took the pressure off, though, this oversight was no doubt rectified. The exhibit in question? A move on from the V-neck José Mourinho has favoured so far to a design with a collar, worn with a polo shirt (also with a collar) underneath. It’s still knitwear, sure, but in the micro-trends of touchline style, this is seismic.

With managers from Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert to Arsenal’s Arsène Wenger adopting variations of the V-neck this season, it could be interpreted in a number of ways. Everyone knows Mourinho is the most fashionable of touchline prowlers – his return to the Premier League this season was a big story for Chelsea, but also for the style inclined. This different jumper could be a sign that José is already onto the next trend – the double collar is even a bit Margiela if you think about it – or that’s he’s over it. This sweater is way more relaxed – almost dad dressing.

With the weather still too mild to wear Mourinho’s signature coat, it’s still all to play for. A bit like the Premier League, really.

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