International Football

European Championship Stories: 1972 – West Germany’s Spring Of Absolute Contentment

By on Feb 10, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

At the Heysel Stadium in Brussels on the eighteenth of June 1972, West Germany lifted their first major tournament trophy since the 1954 World Cup. Two years later, at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, they lifted the World Cup. Yet it is sometimes said that the team of 1972 is more fondly remembered than the team of two years later, and it is certainly fair to say...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Semi-Finals

By on Feb 10, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

“Check that’s not Jackie Chan, will you?” after one particularly high challenge in the African Cup of Nations (ACN) semi-finals. Ah yes. Gary O’Reilly was back on Eurosport. And welcome back too. However, the most telling comment of any international football tournament is “no goals against.” And that’s a quote from Cote D’Ivoire. The pre-tournament favourites...

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Fabio Capello Was The Least Of England’s Intractable Problems

By on Feb 9, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Welcome to English football in 2012. The captain of the national team faces a criminal charge for the use of racially aggravated abuse during a Premier League match. Five months after the event, the FA announce that this player will be stripped of the captaincy without, it would appear, having consulted the manager. Four months before the start of a major...

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Capello Out – Enter The Barwick-O-Tron (Again)

By on Feb 8, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

So, Fabio Capello quits as the England national coach. This is, perhaps, unsurprising considering the dog’s abuse that he has taken while leading the national team through an almost flawless qualification campaign, before finding that the decision over who would take the England captain’s arm-band was taken away from him without consultation. It may be...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: Eurosport’s Head-To-Headache

By on Feb 4, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Eurosport’s international football coverage, as unique as it remains in the field of sports broadcasting and run on a shoestring budget, remains excellent. And this year’s ACN coverage has been as comprehensive and well-informed as ever. But, as Groups B and D came to their conclusions, well… oops. The “head-to-head” rule is increasingly, if not yet extensively,...

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