The 2015 Women’s World Cup – The Group Stages

The 2015 Women’s World Cup – The Group Stages

If a song called Friday on My Mind soon appears in the charts, the BBC’s extensive and impressive coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Canada will be largely to blame. When commentator Dave Woods said that Cote D’Ivoire were “supposed to be here to be the easybeats”...
Lies, Damned Lies & Brand Value

Lies, Damned Lies & Brand Value

In 1984, I was discussing European club football with a work colleague. As fans of Kingstonian and pre-Simod Cup Reading, we were not best-placed technically for such a discussion. But we quickly agreed that combining “English” workrate with “continental” skill would...
The 200% Podcast 15: FIFA

The 200% Podcast 15: FIFA

Well, Friday night is podcast night, so this evening Edward Carter and I are finally attempting to get to grips with the venal and fundamentally corrupt agency that oversees global football. And we can do it all, safe in the knowledge that actually slandering anyone...
The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Fiji’s Fall

The 2015 Under-20 World Cup: Fiji’s Fall

Fiji, managed by oddball Aussie Frank Farina, not Fifa, managed by slimeball Swiss Sepp Blatter, were the four letters which, nearly shook the football world this weekend. Sadly, however, their opponents in the Under-20s World Cup on Sunday were the “jammy dodgers”...