International Football

The BBC Will Be Right To Show The World Jack Warner On Panorama

By on Nov 24, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

A couple of years ago, it felt as if. in some ways, there was something inevitable about England winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup finals. Since then, however, the wheels have come off the wagon in every conceivable way. The Triesman sting, the Sunday Times exposé on the subject of FIFA corruption and next week’s BBC “Panorama” have blown...

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Criminal Convictions And International Honours

By on Nov 10, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

In the small hours of last Wednesday morning, somewhere in Glasgow, David Goodwillie and two of his Dundee United team-mates were arrested for (allegedly of course) their part in a donnybrook. On Saturday, having been relegated to the bench as a result, Goodwillie came off it to score the only goal of the game against Hamilton Accies. It was his eighth goal of the...

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FIFA, The FA and The British Press: No-one Really Wins The Moral Debate

By on Nov 4, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 7 comments

“Please accept my resignation. I wouldn’t belong to a club that would accept me as a member”, said the telegram that Groucho Marx in his famous telegram to the Friar’s Club of Beverly Hills, and the Football Association must be inwardly feeling the same as Marx with their admission that recent press revelations into the behaviour of various senior FIFA...

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Is the award of a 3-0 win a suitable punishment?

By on Oct 31, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

On Friday, UEFA announced the punishments for the abandonment of the Italy-Serbia European Championship Qualifier. As expected, Serbia did not get off lightly. The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) were fined €120,000, ordered to play a home qualifier behind closed doors, with a second game behind closed doors suspended for two years, as well as having their...

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FIFA Get Set To Weed Out Corruption

By on Oct 28, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

So today and tomorrow, in Zurich, FIFA are discussing what – if anything – to do to rescue the reputation of its World Cup bidding process, a process which has descended very publically into the pettiest of playground squabbling in the couple of weeks since The Sunday Times first called its integrity into question with its allegations of cash-for-votes....

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Match Of The Midweek: England 0-0 Montenegro

By on Oct 12, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

In all honesty, the excitement that surrounding England’s two opening wins against Bulgaria and Switzerland passed very quickly indeed. The post-South Africa combination of jitters and lethargy seems to be lingering over the national team like an unwanted smell and even the press build-up to this match – Look! Rio’s Back! – doesn’t seem...

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International Match of the Week: Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland

International Match of the Week: Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland

By on Oct 8, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

For the first 100 years or so of football’s history, there were very few tactics, and most of these revolved around the 2-3-5 formation. In the 1950s, the success of the Marvellous Magyars from Hungary, followed by the 1960s success of Alf Ramsay’s wingless wonders at club and country level saw a revolution in tactical formations. Since then we have had 4-4-2,...

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Tackling Racism Head On, The West Bromwich Albion Way

Tackling Racism Head On, The West Bromwich Albion Way

By on Sep 14, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

With just a couple of months left until the voting starts for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals, it is perhaps unsurprising that a story should enter the public domain regarding racism that involves, to some extent, clubs from the two countries that are the current favourites to win the nomination to host the 2018 tournament. The controversy has...

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