May 2011 ⋆ An Old International

The FIFA Farce

This had to happen. Just days before a crucial election, allegations of corruption were brought forward about the only “candidate” to challenge Sepp Blatter for his presidency. And the result was that on Saturday Mohammed Bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy in order to clear his name. Surprise, surprise in a hearing on Sunday, Blatter was…

The Wembley Final 2011

Barca vs. Man United, the same final as in 2009, this time at Wembley in what was to become a memorable night for those present or watching at home or in a pub. Barcelona left no doubt about which team is the best in Europe this season and the team that will be the standard…

Election Time

Mark the date: June 1 will be the day when FIFA finally admits that it is a corrupt and morally bankrupt organization that is either in need of disbanding or a thorough cleansing process. The reason for this is a simple and obvious one: on that day the FIFA Executive Committee will “elect” a new…

The State of the Game

Corruption, Quotas, El Clasico that did not deserve to be called Clasico or presidents that need former internationals to bolster their reputation. There could easily be more “incidents” added to this to highlight the state of the game in the early twenty-first century. On top of that there are ongoing accusations of bribery within FIFA.…

El Clasico turned sour

The last three weeks have seen Real Madrid and Barcelona play each other three times with a fourth to come tonight, which might be meaningless as Barcelona have won the first leg of their Champions League semi-final 2-0 at the Bernabéu and are practically through to the final at Wembley where we might witness a…