International Football

Condescending Upon Ghana And Supporting England

By on Mar 30, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Mark Critchley watched the friendly match between England and Ghana last night. Here they are. Our boys. No, not them I mean… Fine, alright then, not our boys – our ‘other’ boys, the ones playing against our ‘real’ boys. Yes of course it’s ok to support both. It’s the twenty-first century for fuck’s sake, everybody rutted each other at Woodstock and now we’re...

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Remains of Rous: FIFA And The Team GB Question

By on Mar 27, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

The forthcoming Olympic Games and whether a united “British” team should be allowed to play in the competition has reopened one off British football’s oldest debates. Jason LeBlanc takes a look at the history of this fractious state of affairs. The subject of a unified British team partaking in next summer’s London Olympics has been broached on...

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Is Gary Speed Gambling On Aaron Ramsey, Or Is This A Storm In A Tea Cup?

By on Mar 24, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There can be little doubt that the two big stories during the build up to this weekend’s European Championship qualifier between Wales and England have been related to the captaincy of the two teams. How important the captaincy actually is may be a question for another time – and it’s something that we will be returning to a little later on this...

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From College Football To A-League Glory

By on Mar 13, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

What have Chichester City, Swindon Supermarine, the Brisbane Roar  and a rural agricultural college in the Gloucestershire countryside got in common? It’s a fairly obscure bit of trivia, which helps chart the footballing career of defender Matt Smith, who went from the County League title with Chichester to winning the A-League Grand Final with the Brisbane Roar,...

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Money, Money, Money: FTA Television And The Cost Of The Champions League Final

By on Feb 17, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It hasn’t been a very good couple of weeks for those that would seek to make us pay through the nose to watch football on the television. The Karen Murphy court case, which was heard at the European Court of Justice a couple of weeks ago, blew away the idea that pubs should be tied into Sky’s packages if they can buy cheaper elsewhere (at least until the...

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The Asian Cup 2011, Part Three: The Final Verdict

By on Feb 1, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

There could have been 100 goals in the 2011 Asian Cup tournament, if North Korea and the United Arab Emirates had been a bit less shi…ocking. And as there were nearly three goals-per-game and the best and most entertaining team won, this tournament can be filed in the success column – whatever Alex Ferguson may think of “this Asia Cup thing.” Japan were undoubtedly...

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The Asian Cup 2011, Part Three: The Business End

By on Jan 24, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The 2011 Asian Cup is Japan’s for the taking. Simply play with ten men for the last half-an-hour. And if they meet Uzbekistan, score three – as the Uzbeks appear contractually obliged to score twice in every game, regardless of the context or opposition. Apart from Group D, the deadly dull, death warmed-up, death of football Group of Death (I hope I haven’t missed...

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