James Mariner

James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.

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Kyle Lafferty celebrates his winner for Northern Ireland

Round-up: Gibraltar's debut ends in seven-goal loss

Gibraltar’s first competitive game was a one-sided affair last night, as they were thumped 7-0 by Poland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Manchester City vs Liverpool player ratings: Did Stevan Jovetic get the highest score?

A look at the individual performances following Manchester City's 3-1 victory at the Etihad

Nottingham Forest’s Britt Assombalonga was again on target against Bournemouth

Championship round-up: Nottingham Forest replace Bournemouth at top of table

Stuart Pearce's side maintained unbeaten start

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Mikel Arteta poses with the Community Shield alongside Santi Cazorla (left) and Alexis Sanchez (right)
Hull City manager Steve Bruce

Europa League play-offs: Hull earn Lokeren test and Spurs draw Limassol

Tottenham Hotspur were drawn against the Cypriot club AEL Limassol in the Europa League play-offs yesterday. Spurs reached the last 16 of the competition last season before losing to the eventual finalists and runners-up, Benfica.

Germany vs Argentina player ratings World Cup 2014 final: Was Messi the best loser on the pitch?

A look at the individual performances from the World Cup final

Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands looks on with his team after being defeated by Argentina in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Finals

Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup 2014: As the Dutch know only too well, looks can be deceiving, as their good starts to tournaments continues to breed disappointment

Flying out of their group with ease has become a warning sign that the Netherlands are going to falter when it matters

Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup 2014 player ratings: Lionel Messi or Robin van Persie - who rated higher?

Who was the star of the show in the second semi-final?

Louis Van Gaal and Robin van Persie celebrate

Spain 1 Netherlands 5 analysis: Why Louis van Gaal's team should not get too carried away after thrashing the champions

History shows that great starts do not always mean Dutch success

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