International Football

Euro 2012: The Quarter-Finals – England 0-0 Italy (Italy Win 4-2 On Penalty Kicks)

By on Jun 24, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

So, then, to Kiev and to the quarter-finals of the European Championships. It’s the final match of the round this evening, featuring an Italian side that is something of a curates egg, excellent against Spain in matching them every inch of the way before being slightly underwhelming against Croatia and The Republic of Ireland, whilst England remain somewhat...

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Steady Now, Jonathan: Pearce Shouts For England & Ronaldo

By on Jun 23, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 12 comments

It has become the cheapest thing in football writing to criticise its television commentators. I almost feel like I’m cheating if I get cheap laughs out of an article on the foibles of Alan Green, Peter Drury et al… So, let’s get serious. This European Championship has seen the usual mix of poor research and inanity from the commentary boxes of both the BBC and ITV....

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The Euro 2012 Quarter-Finals: Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal

By on Jun 21, 2012 in European Club Football, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

So, we have had our twenty-four hour break and it is on to the quarter-finals – the business end, if you will – of the 2012 European Championships. And if there is one player above all others who looks as if he may be the one that is talked about in hushed tones when this tournament is talked about in years to come, it is likely that it will be the...

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Euro 2012: Group D – The Final Day

By on Jun 20, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The phrase “you make your own luck” is an overused one and it is perfectly possible to argue that luck, by its very nature, is random. There can be little doubt, however, that England rode theirs in Donetsk last night, scrambling their way to a single goal win which confirmed a slightly unlikely looking top place in their group with a little room to...

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“Stop Bunching!” – Are Tactics All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

“Stop Bunching!” – Are Tactics All They’re Cracked Up To Be?

By on Jun 19, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Ex-professional football players occupy a unique position in British society. For anyone else of any other profession or social standing, years having engaged in an activity on a professional basis day-in day-out would afford you with a modicum of respect and a reputation for expertise. You have been there, on the inside. You have seen all of what there is to see....

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Euro 2012: Group C – The Final Day

By on Jun 19, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Despite Group C containing three of its best teams, the tension of the final games nearly unravelled the quality with which Spain, Italy and Croatia have sprinkled this tournament to date. Spain’s light blue kit was, dare I say it, a bit scruffy, i.e. it suited players such as the Sergios Ramos and Busquets. They produced, for them anyway, a performance to match....

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