Posts Tagged "Soviet Union"

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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New Zealand Revive Memories Of The Summer Of 1982

By on Nov 14, 2009 in History, Latest | 1 comment

It has taken twenty-eight years, but New Zealand are back on the global stage in world football. Their 1-0 win against Bahrain this morning saw them through to the World Cup finals next summer. A record crowd for a football match in the country of over 35,000 packed out The Westpac Stadium in Wellington. After a 0-0 draw in the first leg in the Middle East, a single...

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Canada & The 1986 World Cup

By on Jul 12, 2009 in History, Latest | 14 comments

You wouldn’t know it from the absolute lack of media coverage in the UK, but the CONCACAF Gold Cup – North & Central America’s equivalent of the European Championships – is currently being played out in the USA, and one of the minor surprises of the competition so far has been the progress of the Canadian national team, who have...

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