May 2010

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My Favourite Former Country: Yugoslavia

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:…

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May 31, 2010
Ian

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

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…

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May 31, 2010
Ian

The Monday Morning Links Emporium

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…

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May 31, 2010
Ian

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

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…

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May 30, 2010
Ian

Heysel: Requiem For A Cup Final

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…

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May 29, 2010
Ian

World Cup Tales – Magyarország! The Greatest Team Never To Win A World Cup? Hungary, 1954

The story of football in the years immediately following the end of the Second World War often seemed to be following a pre-prepared script, but it was a script that, at the World Cup finals at least, the competing nations seemed unwilling to follow. In 1950, the tournament should have been a procession for the…

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May 29, 2010
Ian

Scudamore & Clarke: Chief To Chair

The Football League has a new chairman, in the form of former Leicester City chairman Greg Clarke, the man that took the club through one of football’s more notorious insolvency events, during the 2002/2003 season. Mark Murphy takes a look at Clarke’s first interviews since taking his new job, and compares and contrasts his views…

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May 29, 2010
Mark
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