Confirmation of the live televised matches for the Third Round of the FA Cup came early this year, and while there was no great shock in the Manchester derby – a match which has, arguably, taken on a heightened level of importance given the events in the Champions League last night, even if it still isn’t the main even of either teams season – it was a little surprising to see that the decisions were taken by both ITV and ESPN before next weeks Second Round replays had even been played. And there may, whether surprisingly or not, be one or two smaller clubs looking at the matches chosen and wondering how they managed to fail to make the grade. Read More The Decline Of Television And The Decline Of The FA Cup

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Is Group C of the Euro 2012 finals – Croatia, Italy, Ireland and Spain – the most catholic group in international football tournament finals history? That thought occurred with the fourth team in two of next summer’s groups still to be drawn out and Italy’s and England’s balls still to be opened. When Saturday Comes magazine asked the question of one of the 2002 World Cup finals groups – also involving Italy and Croatia, alongside Mexico and Ecuador – so it wasn’t an original thought (when I have one, I’ll surely let you know).  Read More Euro 2012 Draw In ‘Not That Dull’ Shock

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