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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…

EURO 2012 Group Stage Resumee pt.2

After 12 days of group games in the test day will be a welcome break for the many journalists covering the event live in Poland and the Ukraine. It is time for a resume on the action so far. Who were the biggest surprise in a positive and negative way? Which team played the best…

Two Horse Race

There are few words in English that are better suited to describe a title race with only two serious contenders. Two horse race describes the situation in many European top footballing divisions at this stage of the season. For obvious reasons, Scotland and Spain will be excluded in this little summary of Europe’s best football…

The Stolen Game

FIFA have stolen the game from England! So said Sir Dave Richards at conference today. What a pleasure to read Sir Dave Richards comments on the origins of the game! If there was need to prove that the governing body of English football, The FA along with the Premier League, of which Richards is the…

London Calling

The news of Lukas Podolski

London Calling

The news of Lukas Podolski

Superegos

The writing has been on the wall for a good few weeks for Andre Villas-Boas. Yet, he did not react to appease certain powers at Chelsea, namely player power. At least, this is how the papers saw it this morning. For the memory: Villas-Boas was the eigth manager at Stamford Bridge since Roman Abramovich has…

Another Debacle for England

After the resignation of Fabio Capello as Manager of England it appears that the country has been plunged into a crisis. If one follows the live blog of the guardian, one is inclined to think to follow a live match or live debate but not the mere reactions to Capello’s decision to call it a…

Clubs in Crisis, pt.2

It has been highlighted elsewhere on this blog that small football clubs are suffering while bigger clubs get ever richer. That process has accelerated with the arrival of pay per view television and heavy marketing of the game at the top level. Yet those small clubs struggling to make ends meet should be the focus…

Elite Plans gone wrong or English football's delusion

It is with seen with astonishment that many Football League clubs in England have agreed to the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) yesterday, which would leave many if not all clubs in League One and Two with less money for their talent if these youngsters are sold on and the whole Academy system is put…