October 2012 ⋆ An Old International

Bundesliga 50: the first years

The 1960s saw Germany rise to power in international football again. The success in 1954 has been a one off but from the late 1960s Germany was an established force in international football and the rewards paid off in European Cups as well as triumph in the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup…

When a draw is like a victory

France scored late but they scored and thus came away with a draw that feels like a victory against Spain in a game that no one gave France a chance. The New Broom: Didier Dechamps Ahead of the game, L’Equipe and other media saw the game as ‘Mission Impossible’ for France. On the day of…

Germany learn the hard way

  Germany had to learn a bitter lesson yesterday: that a game of football lasts 90 minutes, not just 60. The One Hour Magicians Certainly almost everyone would agree that Germany played some very good football against Sweden last night and deservedly led 4-0 after 55 minutes. The fluidity of movement between Reus, Kroos, M

Fever Pitch: 20 Years On

Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch is widely considered to mark the beginning of a new football writing and how people regard football and how they talk about it. A short review. In the Beginning there was Fever Pitch It has become common sense that Hornby’s seminal work has initiated a new wave of football writing. In…

Derby Time

After an eventful week in the Champions League, the weekend will see several big derbies played out in Europe. El Clasico In Spain, the two biggest clubs, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will meet at Camp Nou on Sunday evening for the first sparring in the contest for the Spanish championship. Both have won their…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: A Truly European Goal Scorer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: some like him others detest him. This however, does not influence him. He scores goals and some of them are great goals. At his new club, Paris St. Germain he has found the back of the net 5 times in as many games which underlines his status as one of the greatest contemporary…