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Pioneering Erbstein – Book Review

Dominic Bliss has delivered a seminal study about one of football’s forgotten pioneers: Ern? Egri Erbstein. From humble beginnings in Budapest to become a legend of Italian football: Dominic Bliss has retraced Erbstein’s career meticulously. ‘Whether the historians like it or not, football cannot be taken out of the history of the modern world and…

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: History in the making

[typography font=”Crimson Text” size=”16″ size_format=”px”]Euro 2012 came to a close on Sunday with a stunning performance by Spain, certainly their best of the tournament to secure them the third major trophy in four years.[/typography] [typography font=”Crimson Text” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Playing for the History Books[/typography] [typography font=”Crimson Text” size=”16″ size_format=”px”]A lot has been said about Spain looking…

Germany's Italian nightmare continues

Cesare Prandelli’s men proved too much for Germany’s highly talented and fancied team as they failed to put pressure on Italy when they had the chance in last night’s semi-final in Warsaw. Surprises Jogi L

Germany’s Italian nightmare continues

Cesare Prandelli’s men proved too much for Germany’s highly talented and fancied team as they failed to put pressure on Italy when they had the chance in last night’s semi-final in Warsaw. Surprises Jogi Löw, the German coach surprised the pundits, the media and possibly the players when he included Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski…

Italy: Germany's B

As the quarterfinals at Euro 2012 have come to a close on Sunday night, the semi-final between Italy and Germany will be a chance to get revenge for Jogi L

Italy: Germany’s Bête Noire

As the quarterfinals at Euro 2012 have come to a close on Sunday night, the semi-final between Italy and Germany will be a chance to get revenge for Jogi Löw’s team for defeat at the same stage at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Italy meanwhile can cement their status as bête noire for German…

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…

European Round Up: The Big Cup

It’s almost Christmas and the time has come to take stock of the season so far, most notably the European Cups for which qualification kicked off in June, when the focus of many was on the World Cup.This is now six months ago and of course there is a lot to write about as a…