Tag: England

Friendly International: Germany vs England – Live!

Good evening, everybody! I’m going to assume that – unless you actually support one of the dozen or so lower division teams that actually had a match scheduled for this weekend and didn’t have it subsequently called off or abandoned because of a monsoon – you’ve missed your football fix today and that you’re now settling down in front of your television/radio/internet device with a view to entertaining yourself by trying, with the assistance of ITV’s commentary and a substantial amount of ale, to convince yourself that this evening’s friendly match between England and Germany means so much as...

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Video of the Day: England vs West Germany, June 1985

When England take to the pitch to play Germany in Berlin this evening, there will doubtless be many who will attach a significance to this match that goes way beyond it being a mere international friendly being played at an extremely inconvenient time of the year. The matches between these two nations that have had a great significance have assumed this importance because of a broader context. England and (West) Germany have met in a World Cup final, a World Cup semi-final and a World Cup quarter-final. They’ve played in World Cup qualifiers and a European Championship semi-final. Those...

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Video of the Day: Wales vs England – April 1970

There’s no Premier League football for a couple of weeks on account of a break for international friendlies, so this week we’re going to have a look back at some historical matches featuring teams that will be playing the group stages of this summer’s European Championships in France, kicking off with this selection of ITV coverage from the 1970 British Home Championships. England, of course, were still the reigning world champions at this time, but without a need to qualify for the finals of this tournament they’d been without any competitive football apart from this tournament since the 1968...

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The Battles That Roy Hodgson Cannot Win

It can often feel as though some forms of football are better suited to the age of the internet than others. The league season, with its constant hum of white noise, is particularly well suited, as is the sudden explosion that comes every other summer when international tournaments rumble to life. International tournament qualifiers, however, seem particularly ill-served,thanks to a combination of their stop-start nature and the fact that, even as they reach their conclusions, they are ultimately a precursor to something else, and a something else that is considerably more important than they have been. The current international...

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The 200% World Cup: Tales Of An ABE

There is usually no moral dilemma for a fan of “anyone but England” (ABE) approaching a major international football tournament – or, for that matter, any England game. And the pathological ABEs will never have such a dilemma.  As “Britain’s best sporting comic” Andy Zaltzman noted in an Independent newspaper World Cup preview which I will never tire of nicking quotes from citing (“A Neutral’s guide to the World Cup”), there are few nations “with no long-standing historic grudge against the English relating to history, empire, being located on the same land mass, some iffy refereeing decisions in battles...

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