Category Archives: European

How should Newcastle United approach the Europa League?

Today sees the eagerly awaiting return of Newcastle United to European competition after a five-year absence.  For fans used to watching their club in continental competition it has been a long time, but is the Europa League a welcome return … Continue reading

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Club v Country

With the European Championships fast approaching, many football fans are looking forward to the forthcoming championships.  Whilst some of these fans are keen followers of their country, others see it as something to fill the gap until the new season … Continue reading

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DDR Oberliga – The Crazy Footballing League of East Germany

Following the Autumn of Nations in 1989, many of the football leagues in Central and Eastern Europe went through revolutions of their own. The main leagues of Czechoslovakia split to form two new leagues in the newly independent Czech Republic … Continue reading

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The Football Revolution – The Bloggers are Coming

In the same week that the BBC announced 2,000 job losses as part of a drive to save the best part of £670m, Jeff Livingstone from the cult football blog In Bed With Maradona made his debut appearance on Five … Continue reading

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Will the Old Lady sing again? Juventus summer spending spree

It has been five years since Juventus were relegated to Serie B as a result of their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, where General Director Luciano Moggi was found to have influence the selection of referees for Juventus games. Juve … Continue reading

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An Iceland Paradise?

An unfortunate facet of football is that the vast majority of players signed by clubs as youngsters will not progress to the promised land of the first team.  Premiership clubs have such large squads at all levels and a sad … Continue reading

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The Home Nations and the Collapse of Communism

On the 27th of May 2011 Wales and Northern Ireland played out the wooden spoon match of the new Carling Nations Cup tournament at the revamped Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  The game itself was of little consequence (similar to the … Continue reading

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Second Team, Third Team…

Prior to the other post on this blog, my last football writing was way back in 2001 when as a student with too much time and a sparse CV I helped out a flatmate who had been roped in to … Continue reading

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