On Sunday June 11th the England Under-20 football team won the World Cup, beating Venezuela 1:0 in South Korea with the winning goal coming from Dominic Calvert-Lewin. This is England’s most significant international title since the senior team’s World Cup win of 1966. That’s nearly fifty-one years without a trophy for the home of football,
Wales face the most gruelling task of their 2018 World Cup Qualification campaign when they face an aggressive Serbian side on Sunday. It is a defining match; the hopes of progression hinder on whether the Welsh manage to bring a result home. Currently trailing the Serbs – who top the group – buy four points,
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It was a memorable night as we crowned Wayne Rooney our greatest ever goal scorer at the home of football itself, Wembley. He scored his 50th goal for England surpassing the great Bobby Charlton as England’s all time top goalscorer. It’s interesting that this isnt being greeted in the most positive of fashion by everyone.
To celebrate this weekend’s latest round of Euro 2016 qualifiers, we’ve dedicated this week’s crossword to the Euros. So if you think you know your Slovenias and your Slovakias, come with us on another puzzle adventure! Clues Across 7 Midfielder (ruled out of the Wales game through injury) who struck twice in Belgium’s recent 4-3 win in
For most of us, the last time England won the World Cup is firmly consigned to nostalgia and the memory of our parents and grandparents. It’s been a whopping 47 years since England triumphed at the World Cup and, despite our fans faithfully whipping themselves into a frenzy ever World Cup since, we haven’t even
It was on the 16th October 2012, exactly a year ago this week, that Ravel Morrison lined up for Birmingham under-21s in the Professional Development League Two North in a match against Derby. It was a match who Lee Clark, the manager who had dropped Morrison from his first-team due to a lax attitude and
It was in true Cristiano Ronaldo fashion that he should dominate Portugal’s preparations for their final World Cup qualifier with Luxembourg where the Real Madrid winger will play no part. The 28 year old, captain and spearhead of Paulo Bento’s side, picked up a late booking in the 1-1 draw with Israel, conveniently ruling himself
Friday marked exactly a month since England’s instantly forgettable 0-0 draw with Ukraine that generated frustration and confusion, as well as a point which manager Roy Hodgson seemed pleased to get regardless of the dull performance that was served up. It was another draw against one of the better opponents in qualifying group H, the
Greg Dyke, the relatively new chairman of the FA, has been quite busy this week. As he enters the third month in his position, Dyke has been tasked with setting up a new commission that will be charged with improving the development of future English youngsters as well as overseeing the build-up to the two
If there was ever any doubt that football was the most popular sport in the world, the number of new football stadiums and the many proposed stadiums would erase it. Let’s review a handful of the most recent sparkling new professional football fields that are sure to impress fans. Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro,
Within the space of two years, Brazil will host the world’s two biggest sporting events: the Soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. This is an opportunity for the nation to give the world a taste of its famously vibrant and open culture, and its historic passion for football. But,
Juan Mata, Mesut Ozil, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Iker Casillas, Andrea Pirlo, Petr Cech – what do these great players have in common apart from being world class? All have stared in the UEFA Under 21 Championship in recent years and gone on to be key performers for their clubs and countries by building on the experience
A solid performance for the England under 21 side yesterday as Stuart Pearce – to his credit – yet again guided the side to the European Championship. It’s a shame that the match was somewhat overshadowed by the unsavoury scenes that started at the final whistle, but those issues were dealt with in this article.
After the tragic passing of a true football great Gary Speed, Welsh football was left with a huge hole to fill. Under Speed Wales played attractive, free flowing and effective football. The players were motivated and enjoyed playing their football as much as the fans were watching it. However when all that changed, the FAW
Lebanon previously referred to as “a rose amongst thorns” was always going to be of great interest to me when asked to write about it. Initial research highlighting a Capital city, Beirut, previously called the “Paris of the Orient” the captivation was immediately reinforced. The country now rebuilding itself in modernity one could not but