Soccer City: Brussels – at the heart of Europe, but not football

BRUSSELS, of course, is at the heart of any discussion around Brexit. It has become a reference point and scapegoat for decades for those wishing to blame the European Union for everything from the shape of carrots to the number of foreign footballers in Britain. From a sporting perspective, Brussels has long since moved off the radar as a major footballing hub, although it spurned … Continue reading Soccer City: Brussels – at the heart of Europe, but not football

Football Media Watch: Brexit – the blinkers are on

NATIONAL League club Boreham Wood scored a PR own goal this week with their somewhat bold message to Britain’s MPs, urging them to “do your duty” and vote down Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The bizarre release, coming just days after Cardiff manager Neil Warnock made clear his views on the European Union, calls on the country to adopt the spirit of Winston Churchill. … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Brexit – the blinkers are on

Brexit, the end of the football world as we know it

HARRY Kane has been appointed captain of England, possibly the nearest the nation will get to a “Roy of the Rovers” figure leading the team into battle. Kane has already delivered the kind of message the hordes will want to hear from the man with the armband, “England can win the World Cup.” Even the most myopic England fan will chuckle at this, but Kane, … Continue reading Brexit, the end of the football world as we know it

So, Brexit…what might it mean for non-league?

THERE’S no doubting the big topic on everyone’s mind at present – Britain’s departure from the European Union. Although a lot of people won’t realise it, the ripples of this seismic event will filter all the way down to non-league level. Here’s a few thoughts. At the sharp end of the game, there is obviously a huge issue about non-UK players, be they EU-domiciled or … Continue reading So, Brexit…what might it mean for non-league?

Brexit and the Premier: The Goldblum theory

THERE’S BEEN  a lot of scare-mongering about Brexit and what it means for every corner of society in the UK. As Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, “life, uh, finds a way” and that’s exactly what half of the country is telling itself this week as the UK finds itself more divided than at any time since the Civil Wars of the 17th century. A … Continue reading Brexit and the Premier: The Goldblum theory

Euro 2016: It helps to win the opener…but it’s not a Brexit situation

DÉJÀ VU or just bad luck? Amid the sound of police sirens, argy-bargy between two sets of fans, stand-offs and inappropriate goading of terrorists, England kicked off their Euro 2016 campaign with a draw against unfancied Russia. “Russia’s identity crisis could make them England’s ideal opponents”, said one report ahead of the game. For most of the 90 minutes, that headline looked safe – England … Continue reading Euro 2016: It helps to win the opener…but it’s not a Brexit situation

The real problem at the heart of the football and Brexit debate

FOOTBALL has often be used as a political tool, but it has now crept into the grand discussion over Britain’s membership of the European Union. It was inevitable, but what has been said so far is akin to scaremongering on the part of strategically-placed comments in the media by the government. Karren Brady, or to use her correct society name, Baroness Brady, has sent out … Continue reading The real problem at the heart of the football and Brexit debate