The GOTP Year: June


AND SO, it was off to Bordeaux and Euro 2016. GOTP received unprecedented publicity in being quoted in EasyJet’s in-flight magazine and we were lucky to be at the Habsburg derby – Austria v Hungary.

What a great stadium:

“The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, now called the Matmut Atlantique, was opened a year ago. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, it has received a lot of attention, and rightly so. This company has an impressive book of work, including the Allianz Arena in Munich, Tate Modern in London and the famous “bird’s nest” Beijing National Stadium. They are also set to build Chelsea’s new stadium at Stamford Bridge.

I was looking forward to seeing this stadium and was not disappointed. Strikingly white – shiny white in places – it is framed by 900 columns and has a rectangular roof. It’s classical, minimalist, nautical and geometric, all rolled into one. What a place to watch football every fortnight! It’s like a giant lightbox sitting on the edge of Bordeaux.”

Our Bordeaux diary articles:
Dressed in red, white and black

Magyars and rosbif

The spirit of 1938, 1984 and 1998

Brexit was the big issue in June and we produced an article on what the impact on British football might be.

“The Premier, rightly or wrongly, is seen as a global football workshop where you can see the all-stars – in one league. That’s why TV broadcasters are happy to pour loads of cash into the game and why crowds are vibrant, season ticket waiting lists show no sign of diminishing and the clubs are awash with cash. It’s a crazy world, because football and its employees are overpaid, wallow in excess and conspicuous consumerism and generally, are often not the best role models. But still the masses show up, pay inflated prices and basically, line the pockets of the players. Premier League football is like opium, and the addicts are the people in the stands wearing their highly inflammable shirts that are emblazoned with sponsors names. Football fans are the billboards of big business and the Premier, with all its universal audience, is the biggest exploiter of the emotional hold that the game has on its audience.”

To see the full article, click here

And of course, 2016 was the 50th anniversary of England’s finest footballing hour. We wrote about the significance of 1966:

“Time has a habit of distorting history and, to some extent, that’s happening right now. Some people would  like to think there’s some deep link between the World Cup “coming home” and the “Swinging Sixties”. In terms of chronology, they cannot be disconnected, but England’s success on the football field has no relation to the artistic and popular cultural movements of the time.”

To see the full article, click here

Others you might have missed:

These island races

Russia’s World Cup – a worry

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