African Nations Championships 2011

The African Nations Championship (or CHAN) is unique amongst international football tournaments in that nations are restricted to selecting only domestic players in their squads. The 2011 edition of this tournament begins this week in Sudan with the hosts taking on Gabon in Khartoum. As the competition only allows the selection of domestically based players the standards of each respective […]

Faroe Play

Luxembourg’s sensational 2-1 win in Switzerland last night reminded me of a match their co-hosts of Euro 08 Austria competed in during the early 90s. Faroe Islands first ever competetive match. Turn up your sound and listen to the commentary on this: The most interesting comment on the video is the translation of the commentary that a Faroese chap has […]

Non-Europeans at Euro 2008

Euro 2008 begins in a week time, oddly there are 42 players who were born outside of Europe who will be competing in the competition. Here’s the list.. Portugal Deco – Brazil Boswinga – Congo Pepe – Brazil Nani – Cape Verde Switzerland Gelson – Cape Verde Vonlanthen – Colombia Djourou – Ivory Coast Turkey – mostly eastern Turkey Rustu […]

100 Cap Club

There are now an astounding 141 players that have broken the century barrier. The top ten are below: 1.Mohamed Al-Deayea [Saudi Arabia] 181 (1990-2006) 2.Claudio Suárez [Mexico] 178 (1992-2006) 3.Hossam Hassan [Egypt] 169 (1985-2006) 4.Cobi Jones [USA] 164 (1992-2004) 4. Adnan Kh. Al-Talyani [UAE] 164 (1984-1997) 6.Sami Al-Jaber [Saudi Arabia] 163 (1992-2006) 7.Martin Reim [Estonia] 156 (1992-2007) 8.Lothar Matthäus [(West) […]

Kunishige Kamamoto

Yanmar Diesel (pictured at the end of this post) won the Japanese Premier Division in 1971. Yanmar are the precursor to Cerezo Osaka who currently play in the J League 2 and in the late 60s and 70s had one of the most famous Japanese players of all time playing for them. Kunishige Kamamoto was a centre forward and probably […]

CECAFA Cup 2007

An international football tournament has just begun featuring 11 nations. All of which come from the eastern and central regions of Africa. It is unlikely to get much media coverage outside of Africa but it is a tournament that has been full of interest and intrigue over its 80 year history. Yes, that’s right, it’s 80 years old. Older than […]

Democratic Republic of Congo kit

I have a very unhealthy obsession with football kits. This is why, six months ago I designed a football kit for the Democratic Republic of Congo and sent it to them. They hadn’t asked me to do it, I just felt that as their country had adopted a new flag it was about time they updated their kit. DR Congo’s […]