On the 29th March 2019, the United Kingdom is (currently) scheduled to exit the European Union. To celebrate forty-six years of peacetime and prosperity in Europe, this season we’ll be profiling the footballing history of each remaining member of the EU, looking at some of their most iconic matches and the players that have left […]Read More Love Letters to the European Union: October, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
Despite its best efforts, international football still faces indifference outside of major tournaments, with the third break of season met with the usual sighs, tuts and eyerolls from certain quarters. Fortunately for UEFA, Theresa May was happy to step in this week and release details of her final withdrawal deal from the EU to distract […]Read More A New England. UEFA Nations League Hitters & Shitters.
Argentina, 1978 Argentina were awarded hosting rights for the 1978 tournament after the completion of the 1966 edition, having run unopposed following the award of 1970 to Mexico. Unfortunately for FIFA, two years before the competition was due to begin, Argentina president Isabel Peron was overthrown in a right-wing military coup, and a junta was […]Read More World Cup Tales: Ally’s Tartan Army (1978)
West Germany, 1974 With political misdemeanors filed firmly in the past, the country’s professional league into its tenth season and the national team becoming mainstays in the latter stages of the tournament, West Germany were awarded hosting rights in 1974, with the new FIFA World Cup trophy making its first appearance. The golden statuette wasn’t […]Read More World Cup Tales: The Importance of Being Ernst (1974)
Each month we’re sending our obnoxious Eurosceptic correspondent to a scout a different league on the continent, and asking him to file a report without using the phrases immigration, taking back control, loony left, or political correctness. Fat chance. This month we sent him to The Netherlands, which is a shame for them. “ […]Read More Vile Barrage’s Eurotrip – Episode 5: The Netherlands
The Netherlands’ inability to reverse a seven-goal swing in their final qualifier for Russia 2018 against Sweden condemned them to their first back-to-back failure in international tournament qualification since 1986. With a severe lack of quality available to the national team manager, and the standing of the national league dipping by the season, TLF wants […]Read More Oranje Crush