International Football

Was Free-To-Air TV To Be Sold Down The River To Win The 2018 World Cup Bid?

By on Jan 21, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Imagine the scene. It’s June 2018 and the World Cup finals are getting under way. England, the hosts, have played their opening match – an unconvincing 1-1 draw with Norway which has led the press to question the tactics of their manager, Lord Beckham of Leytonstone – but optimism is still high. The nation settles down for the second game, being...

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The 2011 Asian Cup: The Story So Far

By on Jan 16, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

So they had us all fooled. Qatar may have displayed what Martin Walker in the Daily Mail pinpoint-accurately described as “pub-team awfulness” in losing their opening AFC Asian Cup game to Uzbekistan. But it was all a ruse. They are good after all. And you might as well give them the 2022 World Cup now. The trophy, as well as the tournament. Yusef Ahmed bagged a...

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Qatar, Eurosport and Russell Osman: The 2011 Asian Cup

By on Jan 11, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

With all the personal arrogance and Euro-centricity he could muster, which is quite a lot, all told, Alex Ferguson dismissed the leading international football tournament of the world’s most populous continent in those four words. But the tournament which started in Qatar on Friday is rather more important than that. To the players and teams involved, of course. And...

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Internet Provides Small Change in FIFA Reform

By on Dec 12, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

We’re delighted to be able to welcome Richard Whittall, who writes the excellent “A More Splendid Life” site, to our site this evening. Tonight, he wonders whether the internet has the ability to muster the required momentum to change FIFA and concludes that… it doesn’t, probably. It’s a familiar Internet phenomenon: something happens...

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England’s World Cup Bid Failure: What Andrew Jennings Missed Out Upon

By on Dec 4, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 9 comments

Ian Wright said in the Sun newspaper on December 3rd: “I would love to see some proper investigations into FIFA rather than this Jennings bloke shouting at people.” And Wright has been calling for such investigations for hours, going back to 4pm on December 2nd. Instead of just shouting at people, investigative journalist Andrew Jennings should have delved deep into...

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It’s Russia And Qatar, And The Scale Of The Defeat Means That There Is Shame In Losing

By on Dec 2, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 18 comments

Perhaps the clue was in the faces of the England bidding team as they sat down to hear the announcement of the vote. David Dein and Prince William sat impassively, both carrying the thousand yard stare of men that already knew their fates. It wasn’t so much the fact that England lost the vote that shocked, but the margin of the defeat. Just two votes in the...

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Panorama: The Right Programme At The Right Time

By on Nov 30, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 15 comments

Have we completely missed the point?  I watched investigative journalist Andrew Jennings’ Panorama programme on extensive bribe-taking among high-ranking FIFA executive committee members (unlike England 2018 bid chief Andy Anson, it would seem). So I find it hard to imagine that any of those named would vote for England to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and I doubt...

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