Six Great Football Competitions

So, I was sitting at home last night watching the Champions League match between OM and Liverpool, and the thought finally came to me. Who cares about this? Seriously. Who gives a damn about it? The Champions League is now so debased, so much of a mis-match that...

Livin’ The Vida Boca

Later today (if you’re in Japan) or tomorrow morning (if you’re in Europe), the first of the giants finally take their bow in the FIFA Club World Cup, and they don’t come much bigger than Boca Juniors. The Argentinian giants from Buenos Aires are one...

Two Sides Of The Same Coin

Last weekend, to a sigh of relief from this little corner of Brighton that might just have been audible in China, Arsenal and Liverpool lost. This wasn’t merely schadenfreude. I was starting to worry that one (or indeed both) of these teams might go the whole of...

Diamonds Are Forever?

Later on this morning, the roof will most likely be lifted off the FIFA Club World Cup when Urawa Red Diamonds make their entrance into the tournament against Iran’s Sepahan at the Toyota Stadium. In a rare sensible move from FIFA, the decision has been made to...

As Good As It Gets?

Other commitments meant that I was unable to bring you the low-down on Pachuca and Etoile Sportive De Sahel ahead of their World Club Cup match. Somehow, it still registers as a surprise that the African champions should be able to see off the champions of Central and...