The romance of Mitteleuropa

    THE BUDGET airline revolution has made Continental Europe very accessible for tourists and football fans alike. A return trip for barely more than £100 has made it possible for the curious spectator to extend his or her horizon beyond the 92 and non-league. As a result, we have seen the arrival of the football tourist, map-wielding obsessives who go in search of foaming … Continue reading The romance of Mitteleuropa

Europe’s top competition owes it all to coffee and chess

  THE UEFA Champions League is widely regarded as the top football competition worldwide and despite criticisms that it has become all-consuming, too unwieldy and often detrimental to the development of the game in certain European countries, few can deny that it represents the very pinnacle of the sport. Yet the idea of a pan-European football tournament, featuring the best players and teams, arguably owes … Continue reading Europe’s top competition owes it all to coffee and chess

Crossing the Danube – the story of the inaugural Mitropa Cup

From the late 19th century and into the 1920s, Vienna became what many writers have called a “centre of fermentation”, propagated by the cultural and intellectual elite of the city. Ideas, ideaologies, social movements, progressive medicine, music and literature filled the air of Vienna’s cafés and coffee houses. The Vienna Circle, a group of philosophers hell-bent on bringing scientific enlightenment to people, also emerged from the … Continue reading Crossing the Danube – the story of the inaugural Mitropa Cup