Poland crowns a new champion

FOR the first time in 28 years, a new name has been engraved upon Poland’s football championship trophy. Piast Gliwice, a team from Upper Silesia, have won their first ever title, outshining reigning champions Legia Warsaw, who had won the Ekstraklasa in five of the last six seasons. Piast finished four points ahead of Legia, clinching the title on the last day when beating Lech … Continue reading Poland crowns a new champion

Commentary Box: Time for non-league to go European?

THERE seems to be a World Cup or European Championship for virtually everything these days. The CONIFA World Football Cup drew to a close recently and captured the imagination of a certain type of football fan. It brought international football to non-league clubs in and around London. We have European competitions for every stage of the game at international level and the appreciation of football … Continue reading Commentary Box: Time for non-league to go European?

2016-17: More fantasy needed, please

AFTER an engaging FA Cup final, Game of the People reviews the 2016-17 season and bemoans the lack of the unexpected across European football. Chelsea fans should not begrudge Arsenal their FA Cup. On the balance of play, they deserved to win and the Premier League champions didn’t turn up for the big occasion. There was something fitting about Arsenal denying their London rivals the … Continue reading 2016-17: More fantasy needed, please

In Bern…YB anywhere else?

THERE’S a nice reminder that Bern once played host to the World Cup final. In 1954, “Das wunder von Bern” took place – West Germany beating the people’s favourites, Hungary – Ferenc Puskas and all. They’ve reconditioned the clock that stood in the Wankdorf Stadium on that memorable afternoon. “The wonder of Bern” is certainly more appropriate than “miracle” as we are talking football here … Continue reading In Bern…YB anywhere else?

Platini’s wrong – multi-centre Euro will spell the end

So Monsieur Platini looks to be getting his way and the European Championship will become a multi-centre holiday for the suits of UEFA. While it is understandable that the continent should make allowances for an economic crisis that clearly everyone expects to still be in full swing in 2020 (it could be even worse!), this move may well signal the end of the tournament. Why? … Continue reading Platini’s wrong – multi-centre Euro will spell the end