Two-legs good, six games bad – how to change the face of European club football

WITH ANOTHER ROUND of European matches completed, the bloated nature of the UEFA Champions and Europa leagues comes to the fore once more.TV money drives the structure of these competitions, but with so many meaningless games and teams that are ill-equipped to compete, is it not time to start trimming down both, especially the unloved Europa League? Champions should mean champions. UEFA wants, no needs, the top European super clubs to be in their flagship competition year-in, year-out. All this does is make it impossible for anyone outside an exclusive band of clubs to reach anything like the latter stages. … Continue reading Two-legs good, six games bad – how to change the face of European club football

Great Reputations: West Ham 1963-66 – forever blowing bubbles

On the London Fenchurch Street railway line out to Essex there was a building that resembled a mill of some sort, alongside a canal. On the wall of this mill was scrawled, “West Ham United – World Cup winners 1966”. It may still be there today, but it’s doubtful given the amount of building and demolition that’s taken place in East London down the years. This short statement was the calling card of a club that provided almost a third of England’s most successful football team. The holy trinity of Moore – Hurst – Peters was as important to West … Continue reading Great Reputations: West Ham 1963-66 – forever blowing bubbles