The sad tale of a World Cup final venue

There have been only 18 football stadiums that have staged the World Cup final. These represent hallowed ground for the enthusiast. History has been made at the se venues, from the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo to Soccer City in Johannesburg. Some of these sites are no longer with us, such as the Stadio Nazionale PNF in Rome, which became a monument to Italian fascism and dismantled … Continue reading The sad tale of a World Cup final venue

Monaco remind us the march of the oligarchs isn’t over

First it was Chelsea, then Manchester City, Paris St.Germain followed and now it’s the turn of Monaco. The little club from the rich-man’s playground is splashing the cash as it tries to play Fantasy Football. Atletico Madrid’s coveted striker, Rademal Falcao, was supposed to be heading for London, Manchester or Barcelona. But the £50m tabled by Monaco has seemingly  hood-winked everyone. Monaco, Ligue deux winners … Continue reading Monaco remind us the march of the oligarchs isn’t over

It’s official – Spain really are European’s finest

Emphatic champions in 2012, the Spain side of 2008-12 is being heralded as one of the finest national teams of all time. And not without good cause, because the statistics will show that the Spanish are indeed, the best team Europe has produced in modern times. What’s more, Spain can stake a genuine claim to being one of the greatest international sides of all time. It’s … Continue reading It’s official – Spain really are European’s finest

The problem with England: Euro 2012 Group D

Alan Shearer, the former England striker, has predicted a semi-final place for Roy Hodgson’s side, because he is patriotic and wants them to do well. That doesn’t sound like an “expert” opinion but more a case of wishful thinking. He also knows that the reason expectations are low is because people realize that England have no chance. And they are right, because England’s squad, depleted … Continue reading The problem with England: Euro 2012 Group D