Posts made in January, 2012

The African Cup Of Nations Springs To Life

By on Jan 26, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Sometimes it is so, so nice to be so, so wrong. Spain’s 4-3 win over Yugoslavia in Euro 2000 was memorably described at the time has “having everything except full-frontal nudity.” Given Equatorial Guinea’s celebration of their astounding 2-1 win over Senegal in the ACN last night, I expect we had that as well. A tearful winning goalscorer David “Kily”...

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Is It Time To Drop The Dons?

By on Jan 25, 2012 in English League Football, Latest | 21 comments

“It only took nine years” was the cry from South-West London last summer, when AFC Wimbledon won promotion back to the Football League after a dramatic penalty-shoot-out win – as if there is any other sort – against Luton Town at The City of Manchester Stadium in the Blue Square Premier play-off final. After a strong start to the League Two...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations Review: Group Stages, Round One

By on Jan 25, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The 2010 African Cup of Nations fell away in quality and excitement after the opening round of group games. If this year’s tournament does the same, we will be in for a long three weeks. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’ll be bringing you up to date with the progress of the four groups in this competition as each round of matches is completed...

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European Championship Stories: 1960 – Cold War Football

By on Jan 24, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

There are plenty of people, not least within the governing bodies of football itself, who would have it that football and politics don’t mix. This is, of course, bunkum, whether we like it or not. The game holds such influence over so many people that it sometimes seems impossible for politicians not to be able to link the two, from the relatively harmless,...

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Four Star Daydream: the Pompey Owner Saga Part 6.

By on Jan 23, 2012 in Finance, Latest | 12 comments

So, Fantasy Football Owner is being played at Pompey yet again. Against a background of a HMRC winding up order for two months unpaid PAYE – a total of £1.6m – the familiar dance of chancers, secret consortia and mad millionaires continues. Yet no serious candidate has emerged. The transfer window advances towards slamming point and all our promising new...

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