Tag: euro 2016

Blaise Matuidi: France’s true midfield maestro?

In recent times, Blaise Matuidi’s contributions for the national side have been slightly overshadowed, mainly by highly-touted Juventus star Paul Pogba. At this summer’s European Championship, his performances were overlooked once again as the likes of…

Where now for English football?

Following yet another big tournament disappointment for England, the attention has now shifted onto what what wrong and how we can learn from the countless mistakes of yesteryear. From the methods of…

England and the fantasy history that simply doesn’t exist

As the referee blew the final whistle to confirm arguably England’s most ignominious result for a generation, the collective look on the players’ faces wasn’t one of anguish but of sheer stupefied,…

The unifying power of the Belgium national team

In the small Benelux country of Belgium, the national football team, Les Diables Rouges (the Red Devils), is doing what the countless politicians are failing to do. The team, who in December 2015…

The wild world of Russian football

In two years’ time the world will descend upon Russia for the FIFA World Cup, and we have brought you the inside story on what makes their football tick. Our panel consists…

Albania and the rise to Euro 2016

The word Balkan has a particular meaning. It’s an amalgam of the Turkish words bal, meaning honey, and kan, meaning blood. The Ottomans that named this region of the world knew exactly…

The modern challenges facing Irish football

How can football in Northern Ireland and the Republic improve? From a lack of players plying their trade at the highest levels of the game, to development issues in youth coaching, Colin…

The striking similarities between Arsenal and England

If I were to argue that England were the Arsenal of international football, who would I be insulting? On face value it’s Arsenal right? Some may say England. The answer is neither,…

Will an injury be a secret to success for England?

WAYNE ROONEY, ENGLAND’S CAPTAIN and top scorer of all time, is out of action with a knee injury for a possible six weeks. Would it be preposterous to suggest that this is actually…