Posts made in July, 2008

Game, Sepp & Match

By on Jul 18, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

Sometimes, the question of whether FIFA has any morals or not is so cloudy that the casual reader can scarcely see the hand in front of their face. It is aloready fairly clear that FIFA’s ultimate aim in the current climate is self-preservation. Sepp Blatter will continue to attack the big clubs in whatever way he can (even if it also to the detriment of...

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Let’s Take A Look At That Again…

By on Jul 17, 2008 in Latest | 3 comments

There are some creations in football that are so commonplace that we seldom stop to think where they came from, but without them, the game would be unrecognisable from the one that we know today. Without them, we’d still be using tape for crossbars and referees would still be wearing plus fours. The death of Bryan Cowgill earlier this week at the age of...

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If You’re Clicking Your Heels

By on Jul 16, 2008 in Latest | 0 comments

It’s the final year of the Intertoto Cup, the competition that everybody wins (you’ll find some Newcastle United supporters that claim that victory in last year’s tournament was their first major trophy since the 1969 Fairs Cup). From next year on, the competition will be absorbed into the preliminary stages of the UEFA Cup, and the annual football...

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It’s All In The Head

By on Jul 15, 2008 in English League Football, Latest | 2 comments

As last season kicked off, Scott Carson must have thought that the world was at his feet. He had come a long way very quickly. He had been spotted in 2002 playing for non-league Workington’s youth team by scouts from Leeds United, and was just nineteen years old when Rafael Benitez was persuaded to pay £750,000 for his signature in January 2005. Before the...

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The Tyranny Of Football

By on Jul 14, 2008 in Latest, Opinion | 7 comments

A curious article appeared in “The Guardian” on Saturday, in which the actor, writer and comedian David Mitchell tried to sum up his dislike for football. Reading it back this morning, one cannot help but be struck by the overwhelming impression that he is somehow holding back the worst of his ire – that he would like to unleash a torrent of abuse...

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