July 2016 ⋆ An Old International

Red Star FC 93 – AJ Auxerre

The curtain raiser for Red Star at Stade Jean Bouin on a Saturday afternoon in late July. Today's visitors were AJ Auxerre from the Bourgogne, south of Paris. It was one of those games, where you want to excel, yet there is something preventing a performance appropriate for this level. Perhaps the excuse is that…

Wandering Red Star

After the Euro 2016 finished three weeks ago, there was all of a sudden no football to watch, talk about. After a few moments of confusion though, the focus soon switched to league football. Here we go again: It is late July and the season kicks off. For Red Star it means getting used to…

A Cut Prize Manager

After a surprisingly short Euro campaign in which England were beaten by Iceland, the FA, surprise, surprise appointed Sam Allardyce as new manager. While Allardyce has made it clear that he always wanted the job and that it is the best job in English football, the salary for his services is reported to be less…

The last big Tournament?

With Portugal the winner of the Euro 2016, a short reflection on the state of Europe as it was mirrored in football during the past four weeks. That was that. Portugal stunned France to take home the trophy from Saint Denis in a tepid affair of a final. While the French still had the swagger…

Where is Götze?

This question asked by my son during Germany's semi-final defeat at Euro 2016 has summed up the German tournament. Not just in highlighting the development of the player himself over the last two years since scoring the goal to win the World Cup. It also highlights a lack of centre forwards in German football. There…