Posts made in January, 2011

The Asian Cup 2011, Part Three: The Business End

By on Jan 24, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The 2011 Asian Cup is Japan’s for the taking. Simply play with ten men for the last half-an-hour. And if they meet Uzbekistan, score three – as the Uzbeks appear contractually obliged to score twice in every game, regardless of the context or opposition. Apart from Group D, the deadly dull, death warmed-up, death of football Group of Death (I hope I haven’t missed...

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UEFA Financial Fair Play On Radio 5: An Idiots Guidance

By on Jan 22, 2011 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 3 comments

There are times when it dawns on you just how dirt cheap the BBC licence is. It dawned on me most recently when I tried to calculate how much of a refund I would be due for 26 minutes, the length of the Radio 5 Live ‘Monday Night Club’ debate on Uefa’s ‘Financial Fair Play’ (FFP) regulations. To be fair to the BBC, any proper debate on Uefa’s complex but largely...

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The Olympic Stadium’s Legacy Must Be As It Was Intended

By on Jan 22, 2011 in English League Football, Latest | 6 comments

The final submissions, then, are complete and now comes the waiting game. The tug of war over the Olympic Stadium has become one of the more unseemly events of the football season so far, a desperate battle for a piece of land that very few people involved in football had a great deal of interest until it became clear that there was a chance of building a vast, new...

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Terry Butcher: Man of the Moment

By on Jan 22, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

It’s taken a long time for Terry Butcher to make himself anything like as popular as a manager as he once was as a player, but this week the growing respect he has been earning for his achievements at Inverness has been further enhanced in the eyes of many by his plain-speaking on the subject of league reconstruction. Butcher had his most successful playing...

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Friday picture: Footballing tennis dads

Friday picture: Footballing tennis dads

By on Jan 21, 2011 in Art, History | 1 comment

This week’s Picture That Dotmund Did is a double whammy of art and LEARNING. As we are now in the middle of the Australian Open Tennis, your correspondent (who likes tennis so much that he has yellow fuzzy balls) turned his attention to the Ladies’ Singles draw, where three notable players were the products of professional footballer’s loins. Which...

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