September 2011 ⋆ An Old International

on being a fan

Nick Hornby once wrote that it is not us who chose a football team to follow but that the team choses you. Jonathan Wilson shared his very own take on this view. ... Like father, like son: Thoughts on being a fan Last year, after my dad had died, I stayed holding his hand for…

The W-M formation: thoughts on sources

Yesterday the well known and esteemed guardian writer and editor of the blizzard Jonathan Wilson had to admit in a piece for the guardian's sports blog that not Arsenal under Herbert Chapman were the first team to play in a W-M formation in the 1920s but that this was already in use in Southampton already…

The Bulls are coming: PSG vs. FC Red Bull Salzburg

The Club formerly known as SV Austria Salzburg was the first to be renamed after Red Bull bought the club in 2005. More franchises soon followed: 2006 New York (since 2010 with a certain Thierry Henry), 2009 there was RB Leipzig. Recent additions were RB Brazil located in

The continuing malaise of East German football.

The editorial in the German football magazine Fu

The Causa Beckham

Currently there is a lot being written about David Beckham and his possible move from Los Angeles back home to England. Two clubs are at loggerheads to get one of the most sought after signature in football these days: Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspurs. The icon Beckham who has become a journey man in…

Crush

On Monday Ghana played Brazil in a friendly game at Craven Cottage, the home ground of Fulham, in London. Accounts of those present reports that the game could have ended in a catastrophe. Chaotic ticket allocation and the rumors that tickets were still available on the door, led to a dangerous crush at the gates.…

Clubs in Crisis

Plymouth Argyle fans and supporters have announced that 24 September 2011 will be a Fans Re-United Day at Home Park, Plymouth in order to save their club from going bust. It is a reminder that not all is good in football, particularly very often it is the business end that is not healthy and robust…