Posts Tagged "England"

European Championship Stories: 1996 – A Whole New Ball Game

By on Mar 28, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It almost goes without saying that the near-death – and very much beyond – experiences suffered by English football during the 1980s shaped the game that we watch today. There was a time – a period from the middle to the end of that decade – when the definite feeling that this was a game on its last legs became tangible. Crowds dwindled to...

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Hope & Despair, Or, Why Stuart Pearce Cannot Succeed As The England Manager

By on Mar 1, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 6 comments

Amid all the bluster about Englands match against the Netherlands last night (a match already being described by some as “That Thing That Happened At Wembley”), Mark Critchley thinks that he may have spotted the real reason why Stuart Pearce cannot succeed as the England manager. To be English is to be afflicted. History’s ever-unravelling twine simply...

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Scott Parker Versus The World

By on Feb 29, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

We live in polarised times. Rather than opening people up to new worlds and new experiences, the internet has allowed us to retreat into tiny enclaves of people who feel the same as we do and draw up the barricades. There is little room for subtlety or nuance in our debates any more, since the only voices to get themselves lifted above the background hum of noise...

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European Championship Stories: 1980 – The Decline & Fall Of English Football

By on Feb 20, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

On the twelfth of June 1980, England played Belgium in the finals of the European Championships – their first match in the finals of a major tournament for ten years. It turned out to be a match that acted as a barometer for the state of the game in England in several different respects, and none of them were particularly positive. On the pitch, Ron...

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Fabio Capello Was The Least Of England’s Intractable Problems

By on Feb 9, 2012 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...

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