EVEN the most devoted football fans sometimes struggle to embrace the concept of Olympic football. In Britain, it has always been a struggle – the idea … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Olympic football – consistency required?
WITH much of Europe still in the mire when it comes to Covid-19 and the task of mass vaccination likely to stretch across the year, the time may have come to assess whether the European Championship needs to take place … Continue reading Euro 2020: Reformat or cancel
ENGLAND’S World Cup adventure may have ended in heartbreak, but if non-league football plays its cards right, it could exploit the goodwill impact of an extraordinarily successful campaign in Russia. There’s no doubt that the nation got behind waistcoated and … Continue reading Football didn’t come home, but it’s close to home
WHEN Hungary looked as though they were about to rule the football world, the country had a revolution and the team dubbed the best on the planet all but broke up. In September 1956, Hungary won 1-0 in Moscow in … Continue reading The last Magyars – Hungary’s 1960s revival
THE TROUBLE with most football grounds is you cannot get a true perspective of what they really look like unless you fly over them. Many stadiums are located in areas where you cannot take a step back and admire the … Continue reading Hertha’s haunting home: Olympiastadion
THE OLYMPICS are in full swing now and there’s a notable absence from the football competition in Brazil – a Great Britain team. We should not be too surprised, for with the exception of 2012 when the nation hosted the games, we haven’t really taken part, for various reasons, for some years. The golden age of Great British Olympic football was in the early 20th century when most of Europe, indeed the world, was still playing catch-up. In 1908, England beat Denmark in the final at White City to win gold. The Danes had the great Nils Middelboe in their … Continue reading Do we really need Olympic football to be just World Cup lite?