GOTP featured in The New European – From Total Football to Total Nightmare

FOR all the pessimism surrounding English football and the gaping void that exists between its current state and its golden era of global domination in 1966, there are some positives. The national team has at least qualified for the next World Cup; England is home to a much-admired and widely-followed domestic competition; and its best club sides can usually expect, at least in a good year, to be among the challengers in the Champions League. For the Dutch, right now, there are no such consolations. The country which gave us Total Football is having a total nightmare. To read the … Continue reading GOTP featured in The New European – From Total Football to Total Nightmare

Calling in on…..Ajax Amsterdam – singing De Ajax-Marsch

Cruyff, Neeskens, Rep, Krol, Haan, Keizer…names that roll off the tongue. Names that made Ajax the best team in Europe, arguably the world, in the early 1970s. Ajax wasn’t just a household cleaning product, or an Airfix model of a warship. It was the name of one of the most inventive and exciting teams ever to grace a football pitch. This team was definitely of its time and anyone who saw them in action was captivated by them. It was rock and roll football. “Total Football”. Going Dutch Romantic visions of Ajax soon come down to earth when you visit … Continue reading Calling in on…..Ajax Amsterdam – singing De Ajax-Marsch

World Cup 2014: The people’s champions

Game of the People begins its build-up to the World Cup with a look at some of the teams that didn’t quite win the competition, despite their performance and billing. It’s not always the best team in the world that wins the World Cup. But it is invariably the team that negotiates the “tournament” that comes out on top. But in 2010, Spain were definitely the outstanding team in a poor World Cup. Brazil 2014 promises to be a good competition, played in one of the genuine homes of football. The crowds and the atmosphere should help carry the World … Continue reading World Cup 2014: The people’s champions

Money makes the ball go round

With Financial Fair Play on the horizon and the news that Premier Division clubs made a collective loss of £361m last year, it is interesting to see how some European clubs operate. It’s ridiculous that the 20 Premier clubs generated £ 23bn of income and they still cannot make ends meet. Although nine made a profit, 11 made losses totalling £458m. Manchester City made the biggest ever loss in the history of football – £197m. It’s got to stop before the bubble bursts and we are left with dozens of bankrupt clubs. Other countries have had warnings. Take Holland and … Continue reading Money makes the ball go round