RIGHT now, Manchester City must feel that the rest of the football world is against them, that the establishment has decided the only way to stop Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering team is to use technology to depose them. And the establishment is London, Tottenham, the FA and the media. Twice VAR has upset City against Spurs and although the result didn’t prove fatal (yet), the ruled-out … Continue reading Perhaps only technology can unseat City
EVERYONE loves Jürgen Klopp, even those that do not especially warm to Liverpool Football Club. The current talk is of the popular German coach presiding over the creation of a “dynasty”, not the first time we’ve heard this from Liverpool or indeed a number of clubs, who can afford to talk boldly when things are going well. However, Liverpool are arguably the only club who … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Klopp, Liverpool and the pursuit of dynastic excellence
TODAY, we want information immediately when it comes to football – and we get it. Back in the 1970s, if you were at a game or on the way home from one and wanted to know the latest scores of a game, you had to get within earshot of someone with a transistor radio clamped to their ear. “United are losing…Leeds drawing…City winning” and so … Continue reading Waiting for the classified
A FEW years ago, just being in the UEFA Champions League would have been enough for Tottenham, but now, several seasons into “project Pochettino”, there is a certain expectation that Spurs can “do things” in the competition. They’re in a tough group that also includes Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven, as well as this week’s opponents, Inter Milan. Tottenham’s defeat in the San Siro may prove … Continue reading Football Media Watch: The weight of expectation on Spurs
THE new season is underway and there are some very positive vibes coming out of Yorkshire as one-time “super” Leeds make a splendid start under their new manager, Marcelo Bielsa. After beating Derby County (and Frank Lampard) away by 4-1, following a win against Championship title favourites, Stoke, Leeds fans are becoming very excited about the club’s promotion hopes. The Yorkshire Post, admittedly a local … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Leeds marching on together with Bielsa
DAVID CONN is one of the best writers when it comes to getting to the roots of the problem and this book, first written in 2004, explains why football is what it is today. The Beautiful Game? – Searching for the Soul of Football – is not a book that makes you feel good about the game, or some of the people involved in it. … Continue reading Football Read Review: The Beautiful Game?
THIS coming summer is going to be dominated by managerial appointments, or at least, the search for appropriate candidates. With Paris St. Germain and Arsenal looking for a new coach and Chelsea likely to be in the same race, there’s a lack of obvious names around. One man who seems to feature in every vacant job discussion is Thomas Tuchel, currently unemployed but seemingly on … Continue reading Football Media Watch: The fascination with Tuchel
THE Champions League quarter-finals continued to offer high drama and intrigue, with everyone’s favourite villain, Cristiano Ronaldo, providing the finishing touch to Real Madrid’s 4-3 aggregate win over gallant Juventus. Add to that the shock collapse of Barca and Liverpool’s win at Manchester City, the competition lived up to its reputation with a set of compelling last eight encounters. Only Bayern’s dull 0-0 draw with … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Prime time drama
HOW the US must be kicking themselves. They cannot boycott the World Cup because they didn’t qualify, but surely Donald Trump would just love to tell the world, “we’re not going” as the diplomatic arguments become more and more intense. This World Cup is up to its neck in problems, but this could be the new normal for FIFA’s flagship competition. We’ve got Qatar 2022 … Continue reading Tinker, tailor, soldier, footballer – the Russia house has no smiley people
ENGLISH football’s performance in the UEFA Champions League reasserted the feeling that the Premier may be emerging from a relatively poor period in the competition. The good old Daily Mail, with just a hint of jingo, commented: “Of course, the cries of ‘the English are coming!” may be premature”, but quickly added, “Something is stirring. English clubs do seem to have upped their game. And … Continue reading Football Media Watch: England x 5?
SO it went something like this. I excitably booked a ticket to see Paris St. Germain with Zlatan in his pomp. I couldn’t wait as I considered that the controversial, arrogant and quite brilliant Swede was one of the best players in the world. I paid for my flights, got my hotel and I was ready to go. Then, about a week before I was … Continue reading Commentary Box: Do I blame this TV age?
NO LESS than four pages of the newly-tabloided Guardian were devoted to the Liverpool versus Manchester City game and across the media, there was mild rejoicing that City are, after all, only human. Liverpool put on a superb display, there’s no denying that, Klopp declaring that “we made the right statement”. The Guardian said that every part of Liverpool’s team “thunked into place”, thanks to … Continue reading Football Media Watch: End of the new invincible