Posts Tagged "France"

European Championship Stories: 1984 – Le Veritable Roi Michel

By on Feb 28, 2012 in History, International Football, Latest | 1 comment

They’ve been playing for one hundred and nineteen minutes on this balmy Mediterranean evening at le Stade Velodrome in Marseille and nothing, so far, has been able to separate the two teams. France, who sailed through the group stages of the 1984 European Championships, have surprisingly met their match in Portugal, who, prior to this summer, have not reached...

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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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My Favourite Match: France vs Portugal, The 1984 European Championships

By on Aug 28, 2011 in History, International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Football matches come, of course, in all shapes and sizes – the critically important and the relatively inconsequential, local derbies steeped in decades of mutual loathing and round-trips which measure thousands of miles and have never been undertaken before. Occasionally, though, context isn’t everything. Every once in a while, a match can suck an...

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The 2011 Womens World Cup: A Possible Revolutionary Encounter

By on Jul 13, 2011 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Back in 1950, Harry Keough perhaps summarised best the general attitude toward the quality of the American game that might still hold true in some quarters of the international football community. After the postal worker and semi-professional defender considered England’s now legendary 1-0 loss to the US in Belo Horizonte, he quipped, “Boy, I feel sorry...

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