Best of the Blogs: January 2013

If you’re a ground-hopping-obsessive-compulsive-disorder type football fan then you might just be interested in taking in five games over two days in beautiful Nottinghamshire. Is it possible to stop watching the Premier League? James Longhurst investigates… Mexico 86, panini stickers, high quality images. Have I piqued your interest, all can be viewed here. It can happen. Sometimes the “other team” scores a goal. Narrow the Angle takes a look at […]

December 2012: Best of the Blogs

In the excitement of Christmas and new year my monthly round-up of what I found interesting on blogs and the interweb was forgotten. This first piece may be in French, but I’m not sure any words could add to this excellent collection of Trifon Ivanov images. The photos stretch all the way back to the Bulgarian international’s childhood. Outstanding work from Le Foot Selon Trifon. If you want some more […]

Integrating penalty shoot-outs into a nation’s psychology

Integrating penalty shoot-outs into a nation’s psychology

In 1252 King Henry III enacted the Assize of Arms. This act decreed that all Englishmen between the ages of 15 and 60 must, by law, equip themselves with a bow and arrow. This ensured that Englishmen would be familiar with the weapon, and when war inevitably arrived (inevitably against the French) the populace would be ready to fight back. Incredible victories such as Agincourt in 1415 (the 13th century’s […]

November 2012: Best of the blogs

A brilliant new initiative dedicated to documenting great matches throughout history. The Museum of Football contains links to full matches on YouTube from World Cups past. Well worth re-living some of these great games: http://www.youtube.com/user/footballemporium Anyone who spent much of the 1990s playing Sensible World of Soccer on the Commodore Amiga will appreciate this next site. Famous football stars depicted in 8 bit at: http://8bit-football.com/ The brilliant David Squires of The Sunshine […]

Liverpool’s cluttered flat leaves Brendan Rodgers with problems

As price of players corkscrews upwards, the transfer of mediocre players for incredulous prices has become an epidemic in the English game. Liverpool are probably the main culprit of this practice, having signed Jordan Henderson (16m), Stewart Downing (20m) and Andy Carroll (35m) in recent years. In fact journalists and fans have found Andy Carroll’s transfer fee of 35 million pounds to be so mind-bendingly remarkable that his name is invariably preceded by […]

Ghana and Congo to gain extra places in CAF continental competitions?

Ghana and Congo to gain extra places in CAF continental competitions?

With the 2012 CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions almost over I decided to have crack at calculating which African nations are rising through the co-efficient to gain that all important top 12 continental spot. Let me explain… Each nation in Africa is given two spots in continental competition. One for the premier competition, the CAF Champions League and another for the CAF Confederation Cup (the continent’s version […]

Cardiff City: What’s in a colour?

Cardiff City: What’s in a colour?

A few weeks ago I was flicking through the channels on my TV and came across Sky News. They were showing brief highlights of a game from earlier in the day and I didn’t initially recognise who the teams were. It wasn’t until I’d seen a team score a couple of goals that I realised that I was watching Cardiff City. Not being able to quickly identify a club that […]

October 2012: Best of the Blogs

October 2012: Best of the Blogs

As the great Ferris Bueller once mused “life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it”. Ferris’ aphorism is especially true in the arena of football blogging. Twitter moves pretty quickly and it’s very easy to miss some of the good stuff amongst the tweets abusing Mark Lawrenson’s choice of shirt or people re-tweeting fake Emmanuel Eboues. Therefore […]

Africa Cup of Nations 2013 preview

Africa Cup of Nations 2013 preview

The draw for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 took place in Durban on Wednesday. Sixteen teams from across Africa, from Algeria in the north to South Africa in the south, Ghana in the west and Ethiopia in the east were placed in four groups of four. The tournament kicks off on the 19th January 2013, the first game will be between hosts South Africa and debutants to continental competition […]