WHAT will motivate Paris Saint-Germain when they get tired of winning domestic trophies at a canter? And despite their huge wage bill, growing revenue base and ability to snare any player they choose, how can PSG become more competitive where … Continue reading Now may be the time for PSG to repay the backers
FRANCE may have gone wild with delight in response to the country’s second World Cup win, but there were still some dark clouds to contend with as Didier Deschamps and his players danced in the rain. CNN said France’s World … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Opportunity knocks for France
THE popular opinion across Europe’s football media is that Paris St. Germain have stalled in their bid to become Europe’s top club. Defeat in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, for the second successive season, has cast doubts … Continue reading PSG – failure or confirmation of arrival?
WHEN I was a kid, I used to read the International Football Book, a strange tome that was edited by the man who went on to form Charisma Records. In the back of the book, there was a list of all the major international teams’ records for the year, listing their line-ups in a chart that indicated each player’s position – G, RB, LB and so on. It also listed the venues of their games and it was from this book that my interest in overseas football and geography started. I was fascinated by stories of how Austria had played … Continue reading The Lazy Listicle: 10 iconic European Stadiums
People are rightly outraged about the behaviour of a gang of Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro. Some commentators are expressing genuine surprise that this sort of thing still goes on. Even old players such as Brendan Batson are expressing their disbelief that in 2015, football can still act as the host for malignancies like racism. It’s Kenco time. I can only assume that those who are shaking their heads in disapproval or disgust have been watching football from the “Prawn Sandwich” sections of the football grounds of England. While the days of mass chanting of rascist abuse have gone, … Continue reading Should we be that surprised about Paris?
Capital cities don’t always provide the bulk of a nation’s top football clubs, but generally, the most influential come from the most affluent parts of the country and by definition, that is invariably the capital. So it’s no surprise that in some places, clubs in and around the metropolis figure among the most successful. There are glaring exceptions right across Europe, however. In Spain, the balance of power is currently not in Madrid, but in Barcelona. Now some people would claim that is a capital city in its own right, but despite the fact that four clubs from Madrid are … Continue reading No sign of a city rival for PSG