European Club Football

The 2012 Ballon D’Or – Messi The Magnificent… But Not The Magnanimous

By on Jan 10, 2013 in European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

As far as I know, about the only angle not taken on Luis Suarez’s handball for Liverpool at Mansfield in the FA Cup last Sunday is that “Lionel Messi would never do that.” Messi as latter-day saint is a theory familiar to viewers of Sky Sports’ La Liga coverage. Their commentators, Gerry Armstrong especially, eulogise over his goals and his attitude: the way he...

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The Club World Cup Fails Engage… Again

By on Dec 17, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest | 3 comments

Chelsea’s bid to become the world champions of club football ended yesterday morning in Yokohama with an insipid defeat at the hands of the South American champions Corinthians of Sao Paolo. This was, perhaps, not too great a surprise. For all the talk of superlatives that seems to pepper football in the twenty-first century, FIFA’s World Club Cup has...

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In Defence Of The Europa League

By on Dec 10, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

Somebody’s got to say it. The Champions League is, for all the quality of football on show, a bit ‘same old, same old.’ Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, blah, blah… Oh, and Chelsea… usually. The Europa League, for all empty seats on show until its very latest stages, has more of the unpredictability of a genuine cup competition, even if the...

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The UEFA Champions League: So… How Lucky Were Celtic?

By on Dec 7, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest, Scottish Football | 7 comments

As slightly cumbersome Celtic centre-back Efie Ambrose got another indeterminate body part in the way of another intricate Barcelona passing move, my shredded nerves were joined by an extra sense of unease, as I thought of Chelsea. Celtic’s rearguard action in the Nou Camp on October 23rd was almost universally praised and manager Neil Lennon’s team were deemed...

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Footballs Problem Or Something Wider? The Problem With The Blame Game After Rome

By on Nov 23, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

There may not be appropriate words to sum up the absolute revulsion that wells up when considering the events of the early hours of Thursday morning in Rome. Two supporters of Tottenham Hotspur were stabbed in a bar in the city in what looks distinctly like a pre-meditated attack which, as if such behaviour isn’t low enough already, was also accompanied with...

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From Gillingham, Doncaster And Darlington To… Malta: Mark Millers European Adventure

By on Sep 21, 2012 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

Whenever a shortlist of England’s finest managerial exports is drawn up, that of Mark Miller isn’t a name you would expect to feature.  He hasn’t shaped the whole playing philosophy of a nation like Jimmy Hogan or laid the foundations of one of the greatest European sides as Vic Buckingham did.  Indeed, his name is unlikely to register much outside...

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