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Barney Ronay
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At the height of the cold war, the Soviet Union developed a deep institutional suspicion towards denim jeans. Jeans and jean‑related items were seen as an emblem of western‑style decadence, a symbol for the younger generation of intoxicatingly subversive belief in modernism, artistic freedom and comfortable riveted trousers.
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There were Peyton Manning Jersey heavy penalties for those caught up in the trade of blackmarket denim, what the police called “jeans crimes”. But this was a war the authorities always looked like losing. In 1975 prohibition was lifted. The ministry of light industry announced instead that it would start to produce its own approved communist denim, tailored from highest-quality clothing-cardboard and available in a range of superior citizen-fashion styles.
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It didn’t work out. Soviet dzhins may have looked like the real thing. But close-up they lacked some http://www.authenticcapitalstore.com/t-j...c-449.html vital element of danger and grace, of not falling to pieces in the rain or dyeing your legs blue. Dzhins were ultimately a failure, another front conceded in the ideological struggle, and proof once again that no matter how well-constructed the facsimile, in the end there is no substitute for the real thing.
All of which is a roundabout way of getting on to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, an authentically talented English footballer whose mid-career doldrums – 24 and there’s so much more – get a bit more absorbing every week. There is a chance Oxlade-Chamberlain might start his first league game for Liverpool on Saturday at home to Huddersfield. Only a small chance, though, given the surplus of roughly similar midfielders in Jürgen Klopp’s squad and the availability of Georginio Wijnaldum after injury.
Plus, of course, there is something else, too, a quality that has followed Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal, that unavoidable sense of category confusion about a Peyton Manning Jersey player who has every attribute – brains, skill, speed, athleticism, elite academy education – to be a high-functioning elite footballer; apart from the ability to make any really discernible mark so far as a high‑functioning elite footballer.
Eight years into his senior career the Ox remains the Oxymoron, the most eagerly coveted English midfielder nobody seems to really want Peyton Manning Jersey in their regular first XI. His progress has remained oddly mixed. Aged 19 he announced himself for Arsenal with a performance in the Champions League against Milan where he ran at a pedigree defence with such craft and poise and skill he has http://www.authenticpittsburghpirates.co...ell-Jersey never been able to do it again.
This is a creative, attacking footballer good enough to score a sensational goal against Brazil at the Maracanã, thorough enough to study opponents and other players at home to improve his own tactical fluidity, who still contributed just one Premier League assist between March 2014 and October 2016. A player who seems in outline to be comprised solely of strengths not weaknesses, but who still hasn’t ever quite been able to fit as an inside-forward, wing-back, central playmaker, whatever.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was fast-tracked by Fabio Capello and coveted by Sir Alex Ferguson. He was wanted this summer by Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. He is a genuinely likable man, a team player and model pro, his public Peyton Manning Jersey presence less like a footballer, more like the friendly junior PE teacher in a BBC http://www.falconsnflofficialproshop.com...ZER+JERSEY children’s drama. And yet this is still a career that has effectively decelerated, failed to thrill, drifted.
There is a theory about the disjunct between the appearance of Oxlade‑Chamberlain and the effect off Oxlade-Chamberlain. The theory goes that he is in effect an elite athlete playing football rather than a “pure” footballer with nothing else in his veins. Oxlade-Chamberlain was a fine junior rugby player and an age-group cricketer good enough to still hold Hampshire district batting records. His old coach reckons he could have made it as a wicketkeeper-batsman, http://www.officialsbuccaneersprostore.c...rsey_Cheap his hands were so good, his hitting so clean.
This is a seriously gifted human being. But at this level he’s a very convincing busker, an all-purpose man‑athlete lacking in nothing but the one thing you really need to be in that elite band, the feeling of oozing football from every clogged and greasy pore.
 
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