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Broken Hearts?

The rise, and possible fall, of the Edinburgh football club Heart of Midlothian is a morality tale of modern soccer. It is also a story about Scotland's relationship with the beautiful—and cruel—game

By Harry Reid   January 2006

Celtic and Rangers, the so-called old firm, are Scotland’s two most famous football clubs. Their intense and visceral rivalry is rooted in the country’s sectarianism, which seeps out well beyond their home city of Glasgow—including into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, 45 miles to the east.

Celtic have a dual identity, being both Irish and Scottish. Brother Walfrid, the founder of the club, aimed for social integration: Celtic would be a club that both Irishmen and Scots could support. But even to this day, many Celtic supporters believe that their club represents an exiled people, and that any success it gains is…

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