International Football

The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Quarter-Finals

By on Aug 4, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Those pesky quarter-finals do their worst yet again. By the time Hope Powell’s Team GB got any cohesion into their game against Canada, they were already a (terrific) goal down and the initiative had flown across the Atlantic, never to return.It was a sad, slightly flat way for Team GB’s otherwise impressive campaign to end, tempered by the fact that the Canadians...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Event, Group Stage Round Three

By on Aug 2, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Anything the Team GB women’s team can do, the men can do too, if with a good deal less style. After his side’s 1-0 win over Uruguay yesterday, the Hope Powell of men’s football, Stuart Pearce, declared that they had played some “outstanding football” to clinch a quarter-final place. Pearce’s eyesight must be a good deal better than mine, but however hard it was to...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: No-one Expected The Spanish Elimination

By on Aug 2, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Re-write the football coaching manuals, the Olympic football tournament suggests. Power leads to glory…not all that tiki-taka nonsense. The United States womens’ march to Gold, and the Spanish men’s march to…the airport were the key features of a mostly exciting round of Olympic football matches. If the women took the first round plaudits, the men’s took the second....

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A Defining Evening For Womens Football In Britain?

By on Aug 1, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

In front of a crowd of over 70,000 people at Wembley last night, women’s football in Britain was given the perhaps the biggest boost that it could have been given. There has been considerable huffing and puffing on the subject of teams representing the constituent parts of Britain being represented at this summers football tournament, along with familiar cries...

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The 2012 Olympics Games: Womens & Mens Football – Group Matches, Round Two

By on Jul 31, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Re-write the football coaching manuals, the Olympic football tournament suggests. Power leads to glory… not all that tiki-taka nonsense. The United States womens’ march to Gold, and the Spanish men’s march to…the airport were the key features of a mostly exciting round of Olympic football matches. If the women took the first round plaudits, the men’s took the...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Mens Football Day One

By on Jul 28, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

After a dream of an opening round in the women’s Olympic football, the men showed how international football tournaments SHOULD be done; three dismissals, plenty of playacting, a group of death, defensive mindsets…and a domestic team unable to keep the ball and, consequentially, a 1-0 lead. And yet… the opening round of the men’s Olympic football was a long way from...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football Day One

By on Jul 26, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Like the line-up on the Thursday evening before my first Glastonbury Festival officially started, the actual opening day of the Olympics proved an unexpected bonus, with a day of entertaining, virtually cynicism-free football, only blemished by a “flag issue” and a terrible tweet. When England hosted the 1966 World Cup, one of the BBC presenters – Frank Bough,...

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Olympic Football – The Real Thing?

By on Jul 24, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

BBC football commentator Jonathan Pearce got through last Friday evening without once name-checking his current love…Cristiano bloody Ronaldo. He also avoided one word you would have thought key to his commentary on a football match between Great Britain and Brazil. Britain. In an age where succinct branding is so important (and Google “Bill Hicks advertising...

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