Day: May 11, 2012

Introducing…The 100 Most Controversial British Football Club Owners Of All-Time

Since British football began to mirror the industrial revolution in the last two decades of the nineteenth century, the story of the politics of the game in this country has been very much about the relationship between those that have come to own the clubs and those that have, whether directly or indirectly, contributed to keeping them going as sporting institutions into the twenty-first century. What is particularly remarkable is the durability that football clubs have shown over this period. The number of former Football League clubs that no longer exist in any form is extraordinarily small, and we are now at a point at which it is almost inconceivable that any club would cease to exist without a replacement springing up in some form or another. None of this means, however, that the path of the relationship between football club owners and their supporters has been anything like a happy one. The history of the game in this country has been littered with bad eggs, businessmen who found themselves out of their depth, eccentrics, asset-strippers and carpet-baggers, and we are delighted to be able to announce that over the next few months we will be rounding them all up in a top 100 of the most controversial football club owners of all-time. An article will be devoted to each, and we hope that we will be able to throw...

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Euro 2012: The Runners And Riders – Poland

With slightly less than a month to go until the start of the 2012 European Championships, it’s time for us to kick off our previews of the sixteen nations that will be competing at this summer’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine. We’re doing this in order of the groups drawn, so we’ll start with everything you probably don’t need to know about one of this summer’s co-hosts, Poland. The History: The golden years of the Poland national football team came in a decade between 1973 and 1983. With players such as the supremely talented Zbigniew Boniek and Grzegorz Lato, Poland beat both Argentina and Brazil before finishing in third place at the 1974 World Cup finals, and four years later reached the second round of the finals in Argentina. In 1982, they were beaten in the semi-finals by Italy, before beating France by three goals to two in the third place play-off. Surprisingly, this summer is only the second time that Poland has qualified for the finals of this competition. The first time was just four years ago in Switzerland and Austria, and the team was a disappointment, drawing one and losing two of its three matches and finishing with one of the worst record of all of those that had competed in the tournament. The Team: Poland were, perhaps unsurprisingly, the first team to announce their final squad...

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