International Football

Olympic Disinterest In Football

By on Jul 18, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 10 comments

Considering the hysteria which surrounded the release of tickets for this summer’s Olympic Games last year, we might have expected that sales for the football tournament would be high. After all, this is a country which loves its football and the idea of a tournament of any description – and it is of course worth bearing in mind the World Cup won’t...

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A View From The Armchair: Our Final Word On Euro 2012

By on Jul 3, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

During a fine European Championship finals tournament which had its shocks, the revelation that BBC co-commentator Martin Keown once captained England was possibly the most disturbing shock of all. Keown had as bad a tournament as Ashley Young, a player labelled an “international natural” last month by…er…me. And while commentators are prone to mistakes, having to...

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Euro 2012: The Final – Spain 4-0 Italy

By on Jul 1, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Football writers the world over will be frantically thumbing through their thesaureses this evening, desperately searching for new superlatives for a performance from Spain that we may well one day look back upon as the definitive of our age. Over the last few days a frankly tedious circular debate has been raging on the subject of whether Spain are...

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Euro 2012: The Semi-Finals – Germany 1-2 Italy

By on Jun 28, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

On the seventeenth of June 1970, Italy and West Germany played out a World Cup semi-final at The Azteca Stadium in Mexico City so epic that earned itself the soubriquet of The Match Of The Century. Perhaps the finest tribute ever paid to an individual football match ever made can be found outside the stadium, a permanent monument to what became known as The Game Of...

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David Beckham Misses The Olympic Cut

By on Jun 28, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

People may, as we speak, be lighting candles outside Leytonstone Town Hall this afternoon. David Beckham, one of the more public faces of the London bid to host this summers Olympic games found out earlier today that he will not be in the squad for this summers matches, another layer of controversy added to a team which seems to be pleasing very few people at the...

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Euro 2012: The Semi-Finals – Spain 0-0 Portugal (Spain Win 4-2 On Penalty Kicks)

By on Jun 28, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

So it was all about Cristiano Ronaldo doing nothing. And I pilloried BBC commentators for fawning over him even while he was doing nothing, when they’d actually spotted the defining moment of Portugal’s tournament. “Look at Ronaldo, just waiting for his opportunity” said Steve Wilson, midway through the stultifying second half against Spain. An hour later, he was...

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England At Euro 2012: A “Neutral” Speaks

By on Jun 26, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Eamon Dunphy got it right. The “outspoken” pundit for Irish state television (RTE) said on Saturday night that “England won’t score, they have no creative players…it’ll go to penalties and Italy will go through.” It was a stroke of luck for Dunphy, who rather slurred his way through a short interview on RTE Radio, as he “was preparing for the Spain v France game.”...

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Hopes, Dreams & Reality: On England At Euro 2012

By on Jun 25, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The St George flags will be hanging limply this afternoon. It was after midnight in Kiev last night when the final kick hit the back of the net and confirmed what we all probably already knew – that this England side wasn’t good enough to reach the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championships - but there is little sense of recrimination in the air this...

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