October 2015 ⋆ An Old International

Destroying the Summer Tale 2006

When Sepp Blatter announced the winner to host the World Cup 2006 in the summer of 2000, German football went through its darkest phase. At EURO 2000 Germany finished at the bottom of their group behind Portugal, Romania and England. No one could have foreseen that this tournament in 2006 would kick start the change…

The Manchester Derby

The name sake of the blog, Don Davies, also known as Old International was a Manchester United supporter. He was also a fine football writer, combining literary skills with football knowledge thus providing his readers a highlight to read on their Sunday or Monday mornings. On one occasion he wrote: ‘No one, not even Gordon…

Co(a)rse Football: Paris FC – AC Ajaccio

Paris FC, so far with only one win 11 games this season hosted AC Ajaccio in a freezing evening at Stade CharlĂ©ty. Ajaccio aimed for a point. Upon entering the ground, something like atmosphere was audible in this ground. It is always a shame to see a meagre 1000 or 1500 people gathering in a…

Amateur Soccer: Pay to Play?

Does Amateur Sport demand our attention? A workshop in Cologne suggest that and offers insights into the research into amateur football.</strong White Spots and Dead Angles The amount of money flowing into professional football has become topic of pub discussions in accross Europe as it has reached dimensions that are no longer comprehensible for the…