“Of course it was a slow death. Kaiserslautern is knocked down. But getting back on its feet can be a nice thing to do.” Martin Bader, FC Kaiserslautern Sporting Director It was a moment as inevitable as it was heartbreaking. As referee Guido Winkmann sharply exhaled into his whistle to signal the end of the game, […]Read More Sympathy For The Devils: The Sorry Decline of FC Kaiserslautern.
Football, we’re told, is a team game. Ninety minutes of eleven versus eleven, with the side boasting the greater cohesion, the perfectly executed tactical plan, and the superior team spirit emerging victorious. Which begs the question why, more and more, is the sport becoming dominated by individuals? From a new generation of fans who support […]Read More The Bellend’Or Award 2018
“Entertainment has to be high on the agenda for the new manager. We want to pass out from the back but they have to have a plan B and a plan C if necessary and they’ve got to know how to grind out results when needed.” In a rare on-screen interview with the club’s website, […]Read More There’s More To Life Than This: Why Ipswich Town Should Have No Regrets for Thinking Big.
You wake up on a picturesque August morning, peer outside the window of your £18m rural mansion and see the sun streaming down onto your collection of classic cars. The waft of freshly brewed coffee saunters up the stairs, and you head to the kitchen to greet your beautiful wife and your picture perfect family. […]Read More Defending The Indefensible: Do Billericay Town Deserve to be ‘The Most Hated Team in Non-League Football’?
“If Big Sam sent a team out to play like this he’d get hammered. This isn’t Newcastle. Toon fans I know would rather lose 5-4 than win 1-0 like this.” For those of you playing along, that’s a full house for Lazy Outdated Stereotypes About Newcastle United Supporters. The author of that missive was, of […]Read More Smarm Offensive: How Mike Ashley is Losing the Propaganda War Against The Toon Army.
Most of the conversation between the end of the World Cup and the beginning of the new season in North East London surrounded Tottenham Hotspur’s lack of activity in the transfer window. After seeing their club become the first in the Premier League since the introduction of the window in 2003 to eschew summer recruitment, […]Read More There’s No Place Like Home
There may have been an expectation that Premier League spending would be curtailed by an early closure of the transfer window this summer, but the majority of clubs (not you Tottenham Hotspur) managed to shop til they dropped, spending a grand sum of £1.25bn on new talent for the forthcoming season. Though that total falls […]Read More The Boys Are Back In Town