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Euro 2012 Summary For 25-29 March, 2011

The past week’s Euro qualifiers mark the halfway point in this stage of the competition. As the tables are now laid out, 5 clubs have gone a great length towards ensuring that they will join hosts Ukraine and Poland in the tournament but 2 groups each feature no less than 4 countries which have positioned themselves well for automatic qualification.

Here’s a rundown on how this international week affected the group stages…
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The Low Country: L’Oranje Make Goulash Of The Hungarians

Bert van Marwijk gives l’Oranje free rein in Budapest and his team responds. Continue reading »

Les Bleus Channel Surfing: Evra & Ribery Are The Last Off The Bus

Tapesh Patel says the Luxembourg match wasn’t all that pretty or all that spectacular but it was all France. For Laurent Blanc, that’s all that really matters. Continue reading »

Are The Azzurri Shooting Themselves In The Foot By Snubbing Di Natale?

Have you ever found yourself looking for something that was right there in front of your eyes, if only you could focus on it? Well, the Azzurri are in desperate need of a consistent goal scorer, so that they won’t have to grind out 1-0 victories against second and third tier European teams, such as Slovenia. While Cesare Prandelli beats the bushes to find one, Antonio di Natale is standing right out in the open, captaining Udinese into the frame for the Scudetto and having scored better than 50 goals in Serie A over the past two seasons. Continue reading »

Brazil v France: A Friendly In The Long Shadow Of 1998

Thirteen years.  That’s how long it’s been since France shocked the world by defeating the Brazilians in the 98 World Cup Final.  That Les Bleus squad would stay together long enough to win the 2000 Euros but would fall apart in 2002.  The Selecao would go on to win the tournament in Japan before settling … Continue reading »

Over A Pint: Taking Sides On England v Denmark

Written by Roger Domeneghetti & Kristian Anker-Moeller, with an introduction from Martin Palazzotto. Have you ever been hit by an idea that seemed so great, at the time, that you couldn’t tell the difference between the dazzling light of euphoria and a bomb going off in your face?  That happened to me yesterday.  I was … Continue reading »

Life Sucks When You Have To Defend Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli is a prat.  This is not news to anyone except, perhaps, for Mario Balotelli.  When you think you know better than one half of the answer to the question ‘who are the two greatest managers of this generation? and that answer sits you on the end of the bench, yet still wins a … Continue reading »

Youth Experiments As Sweden Face-Off Against Germany

The last time Germany and Sweden squared off against one another, Henrik Larsson blasted a Jaap Stam-esque penalty over Jens Lehmann’s bar, Michael Ballack rained in shots like there was no tomorrow and Christoph Metzelder and Arne Friedrich stood as guardians of Jürgen Klinsmann’s defence. In the same match, Swedish defender Teddy Lucic was sent … Continue reading »

Bert Van Marwijk Welcomes A Surprise Guest To The Turkey Friendly

Just when Dutch goal keeper Maarten Stekelenburg is about to take off his gloves at the end of the training for the game on Wednesday, Robin Van Persie approaches him and asks if he would like to stay another 10 min more to practise shots on goal.  Maarten agrees and at the end you see … Continue reading »

Euro 2012 — The Group Qualifier Preview

The WFC European staff have gathered together to sort out the groups in the Euro 2012 group qualification. Continue reading »

D-Day For An Oranje Fan

Still trying to reconcile himself with the Dutch defeat in South Africa, our new Benelux correspondent, Avi Goldberg, introduces himself through a bit of catharsis. Continue reading »

Turning The Bus Around

A commentary on the FFF’s banning of Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribery and Jeremy Toulalan. Continue reading »

Blanc’s Norwegian Expedition Uncovers Some Unpolished Diamonds

Tapesh Patel takes a look at the recent friendly been France and Norway, Laurent Blanc’s first match in charge. Continue reading »

Boys Behaving Badly

Can’t let the tabloids have all the fun! Continue reading »

Can Germany Prove the Doubters Wrong?

Germany remain optimistic about their World Cup chances despite the problems with preparation. Continue reading »

Germany looks to the future

“Soccer is a game for 22 people that run around, play the ball, and one referee who makes a slew of mistakes, and in the end Germany always wins.” This hasn’t been the case in the last 14 years, but could a new generation be on the way to bring the glory years back? Continue reading »

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Martin Palazzotto finds a diamond in the rough in Gordon Bartlett: Off The Bench, a down to earth account of twenty-five years in Non-League Management.

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Roger Domeneghetti reviews Paul Tomkin's book Pay As You Play, which reveals an interesting method for comparing your favourite sides of old with the best clubs of today.