October 2011

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The Rooney Storm In A Tea Cup

It was a display which fell quite firmly into the category of “Typical England”. What should – and can could easily have been – a comfortable win in Montenegro last Friday night ended with a scrambled draw and a red card for Wayne Rooney, leaving the team’s qualification for the finals from a distinctively mediocre…

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October 14, 2011
Ian

Who Owns Leeds United? How Football Documentaries Should Be Made

Many years ago, I listened to prize-winning author and ultra-famous Arsenal fan Nick Hornby reading extracts from the book which made his name, Fever Pitch. And the reading was a disappointment. Hornby was good, but just not as funny as the voice, indeterminate and certainly not my own, in which I’d read the original. The…

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October 13, 2011
Mark

Liverpool Kick-Start The Debate Over The Future Of European Football

There are many ironies surrounding the comments of the Liverpool Managing Director, Ian Ayre, concerning the future of overseas television rights and how they should be distributed amongst the clubs. Those of an ideological indisposition to Liverpool – and preferences amongst football clubs have, in recent years, come to take on the appearance of being…

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October 13, 2011
Ian

Pouring New Wine Into Young Wineskins, Or Something Like That

The call for youth to reinvigorate a national squad every two and four years must be included in the standard guidebooks for both managers and football association officials on what to say in response to failed attempts at qualification for a big tournament. Just the previous summer after Green’s Gaffe and Germany’s show of youth…

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October 13, 2011
Ian

The Luck – And Occasionally Otherwise – Of The Irish

It was what I once erroneously called “the swings and roundabouts of outrageous fortune.” The Republic of Ireland’s international football team were ‘done’ by a clear handball from France’s Thierry Henry in the 2010 World Cup play-offs two years ago. And in the last group game of Euro 2012 qualifying, Ireland’s opponents Armenia were ‘done’…

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October 12, 2011
Mark

Fear & Loathing At Coronation Park: What Is Going On At Eastwood?

Something may or may not be going on at Eastwood Town Football Club but it’s increasingly difficult to make any sense of the situation.

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October 11, 2011
Ian

Voices Of Football: Barry Davies – English Football’s Renaissance Man

There has long been a strand of anti-intellectualism within football which can occasionally be somewhat distasteful, to say the least. It’s the culture that saw Graeme Le Saux labelled as “gay” because he read a broadsheet newspaper and collected antiques. It’s a culture that keeps professional footballers in a state in artificial infantilism until the…

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October 11, 2011
Ian
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