FOR a nation of just 11.5 million people, Belgium’s creation of a so-called “golden generation” of footballers was extraordinary. But the problem with a country suddenly coming across a team of excellent players is that too often it is forgotten … Continue reading Belgium’s footballers discover the curse of being laden with gold
THE MEDIA can be brutal when things don’t go right, as the French national team is finding out in the aftermath of their shock defeat at the hands of Switzerland in the last 16 of Euro 2020. It’s the end … Continue reading Euro 2020: The fall of France need not be fatal
FOOTBALL is supposed to be a team game, but the media concentrates so much on the fortunes of individual players and their progress in Euro 2020. You could be mistaken for thinking Wales were a one-man team and Portugal’s side … Continue reading Euro 2020: As much as we like to think otherwise, it’s not always about stars
THE England versus Scotland game ended goalless, a spirited performance from the Scots and a leaden-legged, tired-looking 90 minutes from England. It wasn’t a great game, but for the Scots it was job done. The game showed how players’ fortunes … Continue reading Euro 2020: One week in, have we got Euro fatigue already?
ANYONE watching the Denmark versus Finland group game, in the stadium or on TV, probably came away vowing never to listen to anyone who claims football is more important than life or death. It’s hard, even four or five days … Continue reading Euro 2020: When football witnesses a life and death situation
IT’S often overlooked that long, unbeaten runs in international football, however impressive they might appear, invariably consist of qualifying phase games against relatively weak nations and calendar-clogging friendlies. Italy, in beating Turkey 3-0 in the Euro 2020 opener, extended their … Continue reading Euro 2020: Italy back in the fold