International Football

It’s Official: England Are The Fourth Best National Team In The World

By on Jun 29, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

The middle of the summer always brings about the “silly season”, that time of year when, with parliament sunning itself on beaches or relaxing on their country estates, news editors find themselves having to resort to a different angle in their reporting of the news. This extends to the sports pages as well, particularly in years with an odd number when...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: When The Two Germanies Collided, 1974

By on Jun 24, 2011 in History, International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The Cold War spread insiduously into every aspect of life between the end of the second world war and the end of the 1980s, and sport was no exception to this rule, whether it was the Soviets and Americans boycotting each others’ Olympic Games or Bobby Fischer facing off against Boris Spassky at chess in Rekjavik in 1972. Football was no exception to this...

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The 2007 Women’s World Cup Remembered

By on Jun 22, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There was a bit more money about when the fifth Women’s World Cup took place. And the BBC was quite prepared to spend it on more extensive coverage of the tournament than the anglo-centric focus they are boasting about this time around. It probably wasn’t just the football that attracted the Beeb’s attention in 2007, although England’s improving squad were worthy of...

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Autonomy, Misrepresentation & That Most Peculiar Beast: Team GB

By on Jun 21, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Rumbling along quietly along in the background, the ongoing argument over whether a Great Britain team should take part in the 2012 London Olympics has been one of the slow-burning debates within British football over the last half-decade or so, but this debate ignited this afternoon after a series of statements, made in turn by the British Olympic Association, the...

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England’s Under-21s And An Uninspiring Future

By on Jun 20, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

How quickly we – or at least some people – forget. When England were not so much knocked out of the World Cup last summer by Germany as blasted to smithereens in the manner of the Death Star obliterating an unsuspecting planet, there was much caterwauling on the state of the national team, as if England’s tepid performance in the tournament overall...

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The 2011 Women’s World Cup: Group D Preview

By on Jun 18, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It’s now less than two weeks until the 2011 Women’s World Cup starts in Germany, and over the next couple of weeks we are taking the time to bring you a quick run-down of the teams that are taking part in another of the groups of this year’s competition. We have already presented Group A, Group B, and Group C. We conclude our previews with Group D, where possibly...

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The 2011 Women’s World Cup: Group C Preview

By on Jun 16, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It’s now less than two weeks until the 2011 Women’s World Cup starts in Germany, and over the next couple of weeks we are taking the time to bring you a quick run-down of the teams that are taking part in another of the groups of this year’s competition. We have already presented Group A and Group B, so that must mean we have arrived at Group C. This group features...

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The 2011 Women’s World Cup: Group B Preview

By on Jun 14, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

It’s now less than two weeks until the 2011 Women’s World Cup starts in Germany, and over the next couple of weeks and tonight we are taking the time to bring you a quick run-down of the teams that are taking part in another of the groups of this year’s competition. Last night, we took a look at Group A, and tonight it’s time to dip a toe into Group B, which...

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