Posts made in May, 2010

My Favourite Former Country: Yugoslavia

My Favourite Former Country: Yugoslavia

By on May 31, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

In the second of his pieces for us, William Abbs ponders whether having a second team at international level is a worthwhile endeavour. When Fulham’s improbable run to the Europa League final had writers in The Times and The Guardian trumpeting Roy Hodgson’s charges as everybody’s second favourite team, I asked myself the following question: how does having a second...

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World Cup Tales: Boycott! When Africa & Asia Said “Enough”, 1966

World Cup Tales: Boycott! When Africa & Asia Said “Enough”, 1966

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

In England at least, the 1966 World Cup finals have been mythologised. To an extent, they have started to become the footballing equivalent of Arthurian legend – a set of values of Englishness that we either subscribe to or not. This is a shame, because the 1966 World Cup was a fascinating tournament and some of the most notable stories have slipped under the...

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The Monday Morning Links Emporium

The Monday Morning Links Emporium

By on May 31, 2010 in Latest | 2 comments

After a week long hiatus, The Monday Links Emporium is back, and this morning we feature something that will probably make you spit coffee out of your nose, some bizarre goings on at Kettering, a potted history of the World Cup for beginners and The Football Club That Ate Essex™. Don’t forget, we are always interested in any links that you find for this...

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World Cup Tales: When The World Cup Legitimised A Dictatorship – Argentina, 1978

World Cup Tales: When The World Cup Legitimised A Dictatorship – Argentina, 1978

By on May 30, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

There have been, over the last eighty years or so, several questionable decisions made regarding the hosting of World Cup tournaments. None, however, have been met with quite the fury that met the hosting of the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina. The decision made to award the 1978 finals to Argentina was made in July of 1966, but after a military coup in March...

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Heysel: Requiem For A Cup Final

Heysel: Requiem For A Cup Final

By on May 29, 2010 in History, Latest | 1 comment

There is no pleasure to be had in this evening’s second post, which is a BBC documentary of the story of the 1985 Heysel Stadium Disaster, which happened twenty-five years ago this evening. Even at a quarter of a century’s remove, and speaking as someone that watched the events of that appalling evening unfold live on the television, the capacity of the...

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