October 2011 ⋆ An Old International

The weakest Link

Football managers are sacked far too quickly these days as owners become increasingly impatient if their club doesn't top the table after a third of the season of even less. This is ridiculous to say the least. The latest example of owners getting itchy feet was Monday at Leicester City when the Thailand based owners…

Yugoslavia: The Sum of its Parts

The former Yugoslavia is said to be one of the best national teams that have ever existed around the late 1980s and early 1990s in Eastern European football. Yet, the only witness to that is the triumph of Red Star Belgrade 1991 in the European Cup Final. This will be an attempt to look at…

Elite Plans gone wrong or English football's delusion

It is with seen with astonishment that many Football League clubs in England have agreed to the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) yesterday, which would leave many if not all clubs in League One and Two with less money for their talent if these youngsters are sold on and the whole Academy system is put…

The Hillsborough Files made public: at last

This week is going down in history as the week when the British Parliament finally decided to release all papers in connection with the Hillsborough stadium disaster on 15 April 1989 when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death. What initially looked like crowd troubles turned out to be a chain of bad decision making…

Toni Kroos – last of the Mohicans?

It appears that after Michael Ballack has been the last player from East Germany playing for the German national team and who also held the captain's arm band and for a number of years has been Germany's best player.Today Toni Kroos is the only one with roots in the former GDR. There used to be…

The CAN 2012: Without The Big Guns

By looking at the teams that have qualified for the African Cup of Nations 2012 the observer will notice some of the perceived bigger names on the sheet for the qualified teams for next year's competition are missing. Egypt, Algeria, South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon will NOT feature but instead there will be the likes…

The Leipzig Football Lab

Leipzig, city of heroes it is often referred to. The credit is due and well deserved as the city was the cradle from which the East German 'velvet revolution' began and spread across the GDR in 1989. In football however, the city resembles a working station, a lab, which experiments with football and produces new…

EURO 2012 Qualifier: France – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1

This match was the group decider. France needed a win to secure their passage to the finals without the detour via the play-off. They could stumble at the last hurdle, provided Bosnia-Herzegovina won this match. And this is where this team from the former Yugoslavia is so remarkable. In a group with Romania, Albania and…

The Olympic Stadium deal collapsed

That West Ham will not take over the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 Games for free any more. The plan is that the stadium remains in public hands while the football club could use it for their games but have to pay an annual rent. That would enable London to bid for the 2017…