Cruyff, a 50-year fascination

  WHEN YOU ARE 12 or 13 years old, you have heroes. You have infatuations. You want to emulate and imitate. In 1972, that might have meant sticking platform shoes on or glitter in your hair. Or pretending to be Dutch. To most people, the Netherlands was a flat country with windmills and people wearing clogs. But in the early 70s, perceptions of the land … Continue reading Cruyff, a 50-year fascination

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Money makes the ball go round

When players and tournaments left their mark – a hope for Euro 2012

Another major football tournament approaches and like the past half dozen or so – be it World Cup or European Championship – it is bound to disappoint. At the last one, World Cup 2010 in South Africa, we saw a Dutch side kick into touch the heritage of their forefathers. Holland, after all, gave us total football, but the “class of 2010” gave us total … Continue reading When players and tournaments left their mark – a hope for Euro 2012