Category: The Ball

World Cup Preview: Group H 0

World Cup Preview: Group H

The 19th World Cup Finals kick-off in just seven days, and the impending five week surge of ill-informed tabloid jingoism is tantalisingly within reach. Trying hard to not get carried away, but gnawing at the rope which tethers him to his kennel with excitement nevertheless is Dotmund, who today completes his in-depth look at the runners and riders for South Africa 2010. Today, a sneaky peak at the reigning European champions, a second-time Central American qualifier, a team from a country with a lot of cheese in and a team from a country which is quite long and thin.

Shit Shot Mungo: Substitute! S02E03 0

Shit Shot Mungo: Substitute! S02E03

This  week’s Mungo is the last of the current short run of “Substitute!”, and features a Scottish referee with a name that some of you may find somewhat familiar. Tonight is a very auspicious...

Dundee Count The Cost Of Failure 1

Dundee Count The Cost Of Failure

A trivia question for you to start with: name the nine cities to have produced more than one club to reach the European Cup (or Champions League) semi-finals. The full list is at the bottom, but I’ll give you a headstart by telling you which is the smallest such city – it’s Dundee, each of the city’s senior clubs having lost at that stage on one occasion.

Crystal Palace Avoid The Axe… Just 9

Crystal Palace Avoid The Axe… Just

It has been a long Bank Holiday weekend for Crystal Palace supporters, and the new working week started with the longest day of all. With no take-over of the stricken club having been confirmed,...

The Christian Aid Secrecy League 2

The Christian Aid Secrecy League

Of all the football figures railing against the appointment of another independent FA chairman, Leeds United chairman Kenneth William Bates was the most predictable. An independent mind and independent voice would also have an...

My Favourite Former Country: Yugoslavia 0

My Favourite Former Country: Yugoslavia

In the second of his pieces for us, William Abbs ponders whether having a second team at international level is a worthwhile endeavour. When Fulham’s improbable run to the Europa League final had writers...

The Monday Morning Links Emporium 2

The Monday Morning Links Emporium

After a week long hiatus, The Monday Links Emporium is back, and this morning we feature something that will probably make you spit coffee out of your nose, some bizarre goings on at Kettering,...