World View Archives ⋆ An Old International

The No Shows

The internet is full with World Cup previews either as videos or as blog posts. This posts looks at those teams who will not be there, some are shocking, others surprising. When in a few days time the first match of the World Cup in Russia will be kicking off, some quite prestigious football nations…

Pressurising Qatar: The Garcia Report and the Embargo

The Garcia Report coincides with the embargo against Qatar put in place by its neighbours. The report contains nothing new yet questions remain why it was published now at a time when pressure is high on Qatar. Read more →

The Rise of the Red Dragon

A comment on the debate about players transferring to China. The January transfer window offers plenty of opportunity to gossip about players who go wherever their agent thinks best for his pockets or how much players, coaches, managers earn here or there. This debate is to a certain extent understandable as gossip is a form…

Argentina’s Final Blues Continues

As Chile celebrate their first continental title, questions will be raised about Argentina’s capability in big finals.The World Cup 2014 and now the final at Copa América were lost not because they were outplayed but outfought. The final of the Copa America in Santiago de Chile turned into a jubilant affair for the hosts, who…

if we don't take action now

...we'll settle for nothing later... Rage against the Machine appeared to be the right sountrack for the day when it must have become clear even to the last person with the slightest interest in football, that something is rotten at the core of the organization claiming to represent football: FIFA. The report into the investigation…

if we don’t take action now

...we'll settle for nothing later... Rage against the Machine appeared to be the right sountrack for the day when it must have become clear even to the last person with the slightest interest in football, that something is rotten at the core of the organization claiming to represent football: FIFA. The report into the investigation…

A Stylish Finish

It did not come as a big surprise; in fact it was inevitable: Miroslav Klose has retired from the German national team. Consistency in Changing Times Miroslav Klose, who decided that enough is enough and retired from international football, started his career in the Germany shirt during the 'dark ages' of German football around the…

Four is the Magic Number

The biggest sporting event in June/July 2014 saw Germany emerging as worthy winners. Worthy, because their development over the past decade has been very positive. The team has evolved enormously since the exit of the group stages of the Euro 2004 in Portugal. This was Germany’s 4th title and if certain criteria are met, there’ll be another World Cup win within the next quarter century.
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Given a Game of Football

[typography font="Alike" size="14" size_format="px"]Austria took the game to the Germans and were almost rewarded for their efforts. Marko Arnautovic will ask himself serious questions as to how he could miss an open goal from 6 metres out. More questions will have to be asked by Jogi L

Austria vs. Germany: A Century of Rivalry pt. 1

[typography font="Alike" size="14" size_format="px"]When Austria and Germany meet in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, both nations can look back on 100 years of football history from a very different perspective. Part 1 will look at the games 1912 and 1938. [/typography] [typography font="Alike" size="24" size_format="px"]It began with a Controversy: 1912[/typography] [typography font="Alike" size="14" size_format="px"]It…