International Football

The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Group Stages – Final Matches

By on Feb 3, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The tragedy that occurred in Port Said on Wednesday evening has overshadowed all else in world football this week, and this is a subject that we will be returning to when the dust has settled on a disaster so appalling as to be almost incomprehensible. Reports from Egypt have been pouring across the world via social media, and we would urge anyone reading this to...

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European Championship Stories: 1964 – A Battle Of Ideologies

By on Jan 31, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If the early history of the European Championships can be seen as explicitly wrapped up in the politics of the time, then Spain’s victory on home ground in 1964 European Nations Cup could be regarded as one of international football’s ultimate flashes in the pan. This was a victory that was simultaneously the last gasp of one of the greatest club sides...

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The African Cup Of Nations Springs To Life

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

Sometimes it is so, so nice to be so, so wrong. Spain’s 4-3 win over Yugoslavia in Euro 2000 was memorably described at the time has “having everything except full-frontal nudity.” Given Equatorial Guinea’s celebration of their astounding 2-1 win over Senegal in the ACN last night, I expect we had that as well. A tearful winning goalscorer David “Kily”...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations Review: Group Stages, Round One

By on Jan 25, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The 2010 African Cup of Nations fell away in quality and excitement after the opening round of group games. If this year’s tournament does the same, we will be in for a long three weeks. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll be bringing you up to date with the progress of the four groups in this competition as each round of matches is completed...

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European Championship Stories: 1960 – Cold War Football

By on Jan 24, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

There are plenty of people, not least within the governing bodies of football itself, who would have it that football and politics don’t mix. This is, of course, bunkum, whether we like it or not. The game holds such influence over so many people that it sometimes seems impossible for politicians not to be able to link the two, from the relatively harmless,...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: A Preview

By on Jan 20, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The African Cup of Nations’ effect on Arsenal sums up the slightly oddball line-up for this year’s tournament. That Alexandre Song could line out against Swansea was a huge boost (at least until his somewhat floundering performance on the day). That Marouane Chamakh could not was… well… a huge boost too. Cameroon’s absence from the ACN finals seems the biggest...

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Euro 2012 Draw In ‘Not That Dull’ Shock

By on Dec 5, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Is Group C of the Euro 2012 finals – Croatia, Italy, Ireland and Spain – the most catholic group in international football tournament finals history? That thought occurred with the fourth team in two of next summer’s groups still to be drawn out and Italy’s and England’s balls still to be opened. When Saturday Comes magazine asked the question of one of...

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