International Football

Euro 2012: Denmark 2-3 Portugal

By on Jun 14, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

What a strange game of football this was. Jamie Carragher in the ITV studio called it the tournament’s best to date. But Clyde Tyldesley in the ITV commentary box was struggling for euphemisms for dull in the third quarter. And vast swathes of the first half weren’t much cop either. AND Cristiano Ronaldo got away with a stinker. Not only did his misses not matter in...

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Euro 2012: Germany 2-1 Netherlands

By on Jun 13, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

There are some football matches which transcend mere rivalry and tap into something more deep-seated, as if they tickle a synapse that we may even think that we have evolved away from. Few of these occur in international football, but when they do, they arrive with a force of personality that is almost overwhelming. The story of the Netherlands versus Germany...

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New Century, Old Tensions: Russian & Polish Supporters Clash In Warsaw

By on Jun 13, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

For those amongst us of a certain age, the scenes from the streets of Warsaw yesterday afternoon and evening had a wearyingly familiar look to them – streets of mostly young men, mostly wearing terrible clothes, trading kicks and punches on the street of a European city whilst others, including, of course, a media that had over the last few days given every...

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Euro 2012: Czech Republic 2-1 Greece

By on Jun 12, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Greece’s manager Fernando Santos knew what was coming – in the first half at least. He had his head down, his eyes shut and his hand wiping a furrowed brow (a neat facial trick if your eyes are closed). The speech bubble “oh no, here we go again” wrote itself. I’m sure it has been noted somewhere that Santos would be a shoo-in for any Greek remake of the Inspector...

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For The King, The Empire And John Terry: The Wing Commander Writes On England Vs France

For The King, The Empire And John Terry: The Wing Commander Writes On England Vs France

By on Jun 12, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

Regular – or indeed occasional – readers of the When Saturday Comes magazine forum will probably already be aware of the writings of the Wing Commander, the last living remnant of the British Empire and a man who holds a very particular type of Englishman very close to his bosom. Having already had one book of his reports published, we are delighted to...

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Euro 2012: Ukraine 2-1 Sweden

By on Jun 12, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

So when did Kiev host the Olympics? I always thought that an Olympic Stadium had to have at least held one. Not that it matters, of course, as the stadium in question will be Shevchenko Stadium from now on, after two Andriy Shevchenko headers in seven second-half minutes clinched Ukraine’s storybook come-from-behind win over Sweden. The BBC studio pundits, with a...

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Euro 2012: England 1-1 France

By on Jun 11, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

For thirty-five minutes in Donetsk earlier this evening, England confounded our expectations. We knew that tonights performance was unlikely to be the prettiest in the world and that manager Roy Hodgson had only had two friendly matches to attempt to fine-tune the practical – if somewhat reductionist – plan that he had in store for this competition. What...

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The Calm Before The England Storm

By on Jun 11, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If this summers European Championships have felt a little unusual so far, with the rain and the old school hooliganism and all – Fighting stewards inside a ground! How quaint! – then perhaps the most uncharacteristic aspect of it all has been the lack of hype surrounding the England team. As time has passed, there has come to be a quiet mist of...

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