International Football

A Brief History Of England False Dawns: Part 2

By on Nov 23, 2011 in History, International Football, Latest | 5 comments

Last week, in the wake of England’s heroic (cough) win against Spain at Wembley in what can only be described as the friendly international to end all friendly internationals, we took a look at a few matches from their past in which the national team had managed to pluck a result from somewhere against a decent team, but failed to capitalise upon it. In the...

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Lowered Expectations: Can England Reinvent Itself?

By on Nov 18, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

It was a process that took around six years from top to tail in total, and it came in three very distinct phases. I had been a supporter of the England national team, reasoning that, with no foreign blood in the family tree and a knowledge that we weren’t all as bad as we were painted, I had to have someone to follow for international tournaments. In February...

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The Texas Lower Division Shuffle: And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Debt

By on Nov 16, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Lower division football in the United States of America has been going through some difficulties of late, with some difficulties that will sound familiar to some of our British readers. Elliott Turner reports on the peculiar case of the RGV Grandes. What if we could create a Frankenstein football league that patched together the worst parts of English and American...

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Why Welsh Supporters Are Saying No To Team GB

By on Nov 15, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 8 comments

Wales continued their recent run of impressive results with an emphatic four-one win over Norway at the Cardiff City Stadium. Goals from Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy and Sam Vokes earned Wales their fourth win in five games. Whilst the team on the pitch overran their Scandinavian visitors, though, the fans in the ground were largely otherwise occupied, trying to make...

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The Rooney Storm In A Tea Cup

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

It was a display which fell quite firmly into the category of “Typical England”. What should – and can could easily have been – a comfortable win in Montenegro last Friday night ended with a scrambled draw and a red card for Wayne Rooney, leaving the team’s qualification for the finals from a distinctively mediocre group looking just a...

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Pouring New Wine Into Young Wineskins, Or Something Like That

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

The call for youth to reinvigorate a national squad every two and four years must be included in the standard guidebooks for both managers and football association officials on what to say in response to failed attempts at qualification for a big tournament. Just the previous summer after Green’s Gaffe and Germany’s show of youth in revolt, England...

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The Luck – And Occasionally Otherwise – Of The Irish

By on Oct 12, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

It was what I once erroneously called “the swings and roundabouts of outrageous fortune.” The Republic of Ireland’s international football team were ‘done’ by a clear handball from France’s Thierry Henry in the 2010 World Cup play-offs two years ago. And in the last group game of Euro 2012 qualifying, Ireland’s opponents Armenia were ‘done’ by a clear ‘not handball’...

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