Time To Draw A Line Under The Suarez Incidents

Posted by on 8:48 am in English League Football, Latest | 7 comments

The football was always going to be overshadowed on Saturday lunchtime. It has been that sort of a season. At least, though, another gut-wrenching weekend of tribalism and mud-slinging, some good finally seems to have come from the poisonous atmosphere between Liverpool and Manchester United, and perhaps now we can get back to focussing on what continues to be a fascinating season in the Premier League. It is, of course, partly the fault of the Premier League and the FA that Saturdays match found itself being the source of so much controversy...

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Falling Out Of Love With England

Posted by on 10:32 am in International Football, Latest | 12 comments

The last week or so has said a lot about England, the state of the country, its sporting culture and the team that is supposed to represent it on the stage of international football. Apathy levels with the national team, however, are growing to the point at which it may become pertinent to ask the question of what the England national football team is actually for. Here’s Mike Bayly, on how he felt out of love with the England team. Logan Mountstuart, the chief protagonist in William Boyd’s Any Human Heart, offered the view that human...

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European Championship Stories: 1972 – West Germany’s Spring Of Absolute Contentment

Posted by on 10:47 pm in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

At the Heysel Stadium in Brussels on the eighteenth of June 1972, West Germany lifted their first major tournament trophy since the 1954 World Cup. Two years later, at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, they lifted the World Cup. Yet it is sometimes said that the team of 1972 is more fondly remembered than the team of two years later, and it is certainly fair to say that the road to these twin victories was not without its problems. For most people under the age of fifty, West Germany and Germany has been a footballing powerhouse at both club and...

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The 2012 African Cup Of Nations: The Semi-Finals

Posted by on 8:26 am in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

“Check that’s not Jackie Chan, will you?” after one particularly high challenge in the African Cup of Nations (ACN) semi-finals. Ah yes. Gary O’Reilly was back on Eurosport. And welcome back too. However, the most telling comment of any international football tournament is “no goals against.” And that’s a quote from Cote D’Ivoire. The pre-tournament favourites waited until their 1-0 semi-final win over Mali to impress – but without a goal against, they’ve been unbeatable. And Mali were not about to prove otherwise, as ‘limited’ in this match...

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Kettering Town: Behind Closed Doors – Is The End Drawing Near?

Posted by on 7:43 pm in Finance, Latest, Non-League | 4 comments

It has, as many of you will already be aware, been a long few months for the supporters of Kettering Town Football Club. During this period, their club has been uprooted to the former home of their defunct former local rivals, they have been promised the earth and have seen only the delivery of unpaid bills and an uphill battle to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet Premier. Amid the accusations, counter-accusations and recriminations that have accompanied this story, however, there has, perhaps, been no single, defining moment to draw...

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Fabio Capello Was The Least Of England’s Intractable Problems

Posted by on 10:18 am in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Welcome to English football in 2012. The captain of the national team faces a criminal charge for the use of racially aggravated abuse during a Premier League match. Five months after the event, the FA announce that this player will be stripped of the captaincy without, it would appear, having consulted the manager. Four months before the start of a major tournament, the manager resigns on the same that the man expected to replace him is acquitted in court of tax evasion charges. Captainless, managerless and rudderless, the good ship England...

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