RIGHT NOW, if there is one manager you would love to see at your own club it is surely Jürgen Klopp. Not because Liverpool are on the brink of the Premier League title, not even because he knows how to … Continue reading Why we all like Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp
OVER the past couple of months, I have witnessed football in all four divisions in England and hopped across to Spain to catch a Champions League tie involving Chelsea and Valencia. As well as the contrast in climate – it … Continue reading From Valencia to Crewe – a search for authenticity
Manchester United’s fans may be frustrated, but the extraordinary high expectations at the club and the air of [relative] decline that surrounds Old Trafford is also partly a symptom of a corporate culture that has built up over the past … Continue reading Woodward attack underlines irrational culture
FOOTBALL fans have always been intrigued by club names. Just scroll down a list of fantasy football team names or even Sunday clubs – there will be a plethora of Dynamos, Sportings and the odd Real and Lokomotive. People don’t … Continue reading What’s in a football club’s name?
WHEN the manager of one of the world’s richest clubs says his team may not be able to compete with its peers, it is hard to have real sympathy with him. Success and failure are all relative and you don’t … Continue reading What was Guardiola trying to say?
I SPENT much of the mid-1970s walking around in an orange adidas t-shirt, a tribute to the Dutch national team of the period, and in particular, Johan Cruyff. In some ways, I was ahead of my time, because donning sportswear … Continue reading The past was orange and European, the future grey and isolated