June 2016 ⋆ An Old International

Tiny Whiny Ronaldo

Euro 2016 has so far not been a hugely exciting tournament. No team suffered a thrashing like Spain did at the hands of Holland at the Brazil World Cup two years ago. The surprise so far surely were Belgium who appeared tame against Italy on Monday night and Austria who were unexpectedly beaten by Hungary…

Football, Riots, Hypocrisy

The first days of Euro 2016 already gave enough material for discussion. This is the first in a series of observations from the tournament that's happening right at my door step. According to which media channel you consume, the Euro 2016 so far has been an orgy of violence and riots or been a festival…

The Writers’ Game

Just before the EURO 2016 gets underway for real, the French Sports Writers Association hosted the German national writers' team in Paris as a warm up for EURO 2016. The match was a game of German organisation vs. French improvisation. There are stories that are simply unbelievable. Playing for your country is one of those.…

Muhammad Ali

The greatest boxer of all time, the most excellent man as Bob Dylan has described him, has had an opinion about a particular English football manager, Brian Clough. image credits: National Archief via WikiCommons under CC BY-SA 3.0 nl