England Archives ⋆ An Old International

When Hungary Turned England’s World Upside Down – Interview With George Robb

England hosted Hungary, the reigning Olympic champion at Wembley on the afternoon of November 25, 1953. After the game, the world was turned upside down for the home side. Read more →

Germany – England September 1987: Football in the Dark Ages

Thirty years ago West Germany were hosting England who had come with a burden to Düsseldorf to play a friendly match: The valley Parade and Heysel tragedies had shed a bad light on English football. The match served as a testing ground for either team to see where they stood a year before the European…

The Bundesliga through British Eyes

The German Bundesliga is one of the most popular football leagues in Europe. Through British eyes there is a very special appeal to it. Read more →

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…

Germany – England 2016

As England visit Germany tonight it is time to use some material from past match reports to describe the match in 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. During Euro 1996 the Daily Mirror led the charge against foreign football teams with their jingoistic, almost xenophobic coverage of the tournament. At the time there was…

Moving in Circles

Yesterday's 1-0 defeat of Manchester City against the Spanish giants Barcelona, saw the last English club eliminated from UEFA's top competition. Once again, the soul searching has begun.There is no conclusive answer to the fact that none of the English clubs have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season. It would…

England 3 – Hungary 6

England, the country that gave birth to modern football hosted Hungary at Wembley in Noember 1953 and had to acknowledge that they had a bit of work to do to keep up with the Europeans. Read more →

Scoring in a Final

Scoring a decisive goal in a final of any tournament is an achievement that goes beyond the sporting sphere. The most recent example is Arjen Robben's late winner against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley. Not just did it win Bayern the game but also removed the loser tag, attached to the…

150-80-50

It seems this year has a special ring to it as 3 of the 5 major soccer leagues in Europe celebrate a particular anniversary in 2013. England: Football 150 This is certainly the biggest date this year for football historians and fans alike. A century and a half a group of enthusiasts codified the rules…

Does bigger mean better?

The Euro 2012 was the last tournament to be played out with 16 teams. In four years time, when the gravy train stops in France there will be 24 teams competing for European football glory. However, Michel Platini seems to go even a step further in 2020. The Euro is growing The obvious point is…