Category Archives: International Football

FIFA…for the good of the game?

I’m angry with FIFA. I’ll admit it’s partly because I’m still bitter about the spectacular failure of the England 2022 World Cup bid, but it’s also because of the allegations which have come to light this week. In case you … Continue reading

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OptaJoke ‘Previews’… England’s Euro ’96 Squad

OptaJoke Revisits: England’s Euro ’96 Squad ***In this series of blogs, OptaJoke member Carl McQueen goes ‘back to the future’ and utilising his selection of vintage Premier League Merlin Sticker Books, he’ll ‘preview’ a team’s chances for that forthcoming season…therefore … Continue reading

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Torres: A Year in the Life

The 8th April 2010 – Just an ordinary Thursday really. Barack Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev sign an arms reduction treaty, conjoined twins from Ireland were successfully separated in London and the Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren died. Britain … Continue reading

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It’s a blog about Wales again…

…but don’t stop reading. We’ve been inundated all week with articles suggesting that Wales are better than they appear, why Welsh supporters should have reasons to keep the faith in their national side and why England should be quaking in … Continue reading

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The Day The Samba Died…

“Can anybody, anywhere, show me a better player?” Sir Bobby Robson Hmmm, maybe that’s too emotive for a title in which no one has passed away, but I disagree – the Brazilian magicians have now all but disappeared. Ronaldo Luís … Continue reading

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It could have been worse – It could have been Savage

“It’s my job to lift Welsh football from top to bottom and I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” – Gary Speed “I don’t really know what that means” – Me This month, the FAW finally got around to the … Continue reading

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That was the World Cup that was…

Every World Cup in my lifetime can be etched by specific memories. Even purely from an England point of view these moments can be elements of time where joy was the overriding feature – there’s Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina, David Beckham’s … Continue reading

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