International Football

Match Of The Midweek: Switzerland 1-3 England

Match Of The Midweek: Switzerland 1-3 England

By on Sep 8, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Two games, six points and seven goals. On the pitch, at least, it is starting to feel worryingly as if this summer’s meltdown in South Africa never happened for England. Off it, meanwhile, it has been a busy week in very different ways for England’s players and their PR people, and the suspicion remains that the team are hanging on by their fingernails...

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Fabio Capello & The Tabloid Pack Mentality: Fatuous Expectation And Poisonous Condemnation

Fabio Capello & The Tabloid Pack Mentality: Fatuous Expectation And Poisonous Condemnation

By on Aug 16, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

So it is that the love affair between the British press and the Italian comes to an end. England’s friendly match against Hungary last week was what it was – a team in transition playing a mediocre team in a pre-season friendly match – but there was no way that Capello could “win” this match, especially after his response to a leading...

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Next Manager After The Next Manager After Capello Will Be An Horrendously Overpaid Foreigner, Says FA

Next Manager After The Next Manager After Capello Will Be An Horrendously Overpaid Foreigner, Says FA

By on Aug 15, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

The successor to Fabio Capello’s successor as England manager is certain to be an overseas coach, the Football Association revealed this evening. Speaking exclusively to twohundredpercent, a source within the FA said “Everybody just now thinks they want an English manager in charge of the England national team. And so do we at the moment, so we’ll...

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World Cup Technical Ecstasy

World Cup Technical Ecstasy

By on Jul 21, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Now that you know what Martin Samuel and Alan Shearer think, you might not be interested in any more expert views on the recently-finished World Cup. But amid the small print on the “past World Cups” page of FIFA’s website is a link to a series of documents which provide a more fascinating insight into past tournaments than the title “Technical Study Group Report”...

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The Supplementarity Of “Anti-Football”

The Supplementarity Of “Anti-Football”

By on Jul 16, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

Amid much of the wailing about the negativity of the Dutch performance at this year’s World Cup final, some people have stuck their heads above the parapets and argued that there is a place in the game for what some might call “spoiling” football. William Abbs is one of them. Not since the Netherlands played Argentina in 1978 had the World Cup...

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World Cup 2010: Why It’s Time To Reinvent Televised Football

World Cup 2010: Why It’s Time To Reinvent Televised Football

By on Jul 14, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 14 comments

Last night, Mark Murphy tore into the coverage of the 2010 World Cup in British television. This evening, in the second of our two-parter on British television at the World Cup, Ian King argues that it is time to rip up the rule book and start all over again. In the multi-media age, it isn’t just the newspapers that are suffering. As more and more people...

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World Cup 2010: Punditry Unprofessionalism & Joke Journalism

World Cup 2010: Punditry Unprofessionalism & Joke Journalism

By on Jul 13, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 38 comments

For the TV punditry at this World Cup to be truly “remarkable” – and thereby worthy of an article – it would really have had to stink to the highest of heavens. And at this year’s event, Kevin Keegan was far from the worst of the pundits. So, here goes… It wasn’t just that the commentators and pundits were under-researched and trite; it was that some of them...

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