AT the start of 1971-72, England’s football fraternity was still clinging to the idea that the nation was a major power in the game. The 1970 World Cup defeat at the hands of West Germany was mostly seen as an … Continue reading 72 Classic: Lessons from Europe for English football
MALCOLM Allison, one of the pivotal figures of the 1970s, once said that the period between 1967 and 1972 was one of British football’s golden ages. Anyone who lived through that half decade of action will doubtless recall some outstanding … Continue reading 72 Classic: Clough, Allison, Keegan and co. – why it was special
THE football world is reaching the end of a cycle, one that has been dominated by two individuals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both players, worshipped in their own countries and admired worldwide, went tumbling out of probably their last … Continue reading Is World Cup success so important for critical acclaim?
YOU take the 24 tram out of the city centre and head for the Olimpisch Stadion, an impressive structure that is partially out of sight due to building work. Circumnavigate the stadium that was the result of an architectural movement … Continue reading Soccer City: Amsterdam – in need of a second club?
ANYONE who has attended a “sportsman’s evening” featuring footballers from the 1970s will be familiar with the script: laddish dialogue, tales of drink, women and gambling, blue jokes and so on and so forth. Sometimes, it’s not worth meeting your … Continue reading Best and Hudson, Keegan and Cruyff: Playboys v Smart boys
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