February 2012 ⋆ An Old International

US Creteil Lusitanos – US Quevillaise

US Creteil - US Quevilly Saturday night saw an entertaining match just on the outskirts of Paris where US Creteil met the team from Normandy, Queville for a Championat de Football National encounter. In an frustrtingly empty ground (350 paying spectators according to the club's website) a fluid game of football developed which saw the…

Pearce and Beckham for England

Stuart 'Psycho' Pearce has been named caretaker manager of the England football team after Fabio Capello left earlier this month. While the speculations almost boiled over in the immediate aftermath, there has been time for all involved and the media as well as the football loving English public, to think and to reflect. Everybody's favourite:…

The struggle for second place: Red Star FC 93 – Paris FC

When comparing the size of London and Paris, there are many similarities. Both are mega cities with more than 8 million inhabitants. There are flamboyant shopping streets on both sides of the channel. The biggest disparity between the two however, is number of football clubs in the top divisions of French and English football. London…

The Nearly Men

Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack...the list could be continued and will be in the future. But what these players have in common is a successful playing career with their club sides and defeat on the international stage. Sometimes bitter defeats, sometimes truly deserved. This piece will highlight both players' highs and lows and near misses. Ballack…

More than a defeat

The Barcelona of this season are not that of the two previous ones, that much is certain after they have lost at Osasuna last night. Their dominance over the last couple of years was suffocating to the point where the competition lost all its excitement. Only the Clasicos delivered some spark, only albeit for the…

Another Debacle for England

After the resignation of Fabio Capello as Manager of England it appears that the country has been plunged into a crisis. If one follows the live blog of the guardian, one is inclined to think to follow a live match or live debate but not the mere reactions to Capello's decision to call it a…

Empty Promises

or: Nothing has changed but the surrounding bullshit that has grown; or: Football's Groundhog Day. Whatever observers and fans of 1. FC Magdeburg will title this period in the club's history, it appears that bit by bit the promise of a successful future is once more nothing but a fantasy. It has been highlighted last…

Clubs in Crisis, pt.2

It has been highlighted elsewhere on this blog that small football clubs are suffering while bigger clubs get ever richer. That process has accelerated with the arrival of pay per view television and heavy marketing of the game at the top level. Yet those small clubs struggling to make ends meet should be the focus…

Football on TV

There used to be a time when football games went unnoticed because they were not televised. In England highlights of the First Division were only shown since Jimmy Hill revolutionized TV with his Match of the Day programme, while in Germany 'Das Aktuelle Sportstudio' at ZDF, the second terrestrial channel, broadcast the highlights of the…