Posts by Mark

“Soft Power” Goes To Richard Scudamore’s Head

“Soft Power” Goes To Richard Scudamore’s Head

By on Nov 27, 2013 in Latest, Politics | 0 comments

“Gawd, doesn’t he go on?” I thought as I watched Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore’s latest performance in front of a parliamentary sub-committee.I place no inverted commas around performance, as Scudamore’s overbearing contribution to last week’s session of the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power & the UK’s influence was just that. And despite...

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Ireland: O’Neill and Keane, The Rollercoaster Ride Begins

Ireland: O’Neill and Keane, The Rollercoaster Ride Begins

By on Nov 24, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

I’M GETTING OLD – EPISODE 94. I wasn’t looking at the TV when Marian Pahars’ name was first mentioned. But the memories were instant.Into the mind’s eye came the diminutive “Latvian Michael Owen” (which dates the reminiscence) being submerged by fans at The Dell (which dates it again) as he celebrated his first Southampton goal. “Who’s he playing for now?” I...

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The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Final

The 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Final

By on Nov 10, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The best tournaments are won either by the best team or the best story. So the 2013 World Under-17s Cup was bound to feature in the “best” column, regardless of the result of the final. Nigeria were eventually so far and away the best team that it almost seems churlish to criticise their triumphalism towards the end of their 3-0 win over Mexico. Boys will be boys, I...

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O’Neill & Keane – The Dream Team?

O’Neill & Keane – The Dream Team?

By on Nov 7, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Adrian Chiles looked pleased as he was introducing ITV’s Champions League coverage in San Sebastian on Tuesday, stood alongside Ireland’s new management team, Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane. He was even confident/brave enough to liken them to “Laurel and Hardy,” with Keane stood well within arms-reach (Lee Dixon offered “dumb and dumber”, which was...

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The FIFA Under-17 World Cup: The Semi-Finals

The FIFA Under-17 World Cup: The Semi-Finals

By on Nov 6, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

So. Hello, then, a Mexico/Nigeria Under-17 World Cup final. This engaging tournament is back almost where it started after three weeks of football largely and refreshingly free of cynicism and, at least in my case, predictability. Mexico and Nigeria, who met on the tournament’s third day, were worthy and ultimately convincing winners of two entertaining semi-finals...

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