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 […]

Alliteration XI: E

Keeping goal is former Guatemalan international Edgar Estrada. He picked up 80 caps for the national side between 1995 and 2003. A back four of Emmanuel Eboue (Ivory Coast and Arsenal), Erik Edman (Sweden and Helsingborg), Emad El-Nahhas (Egypt and Al-Ahly) and Nigerian Eric Ejiofor. Ajax defensive midfielder Erick Enoh sits just in front of the back four, with the […]

Catching teams on a run of good form

Over the years I’ve heard many fans bemoaning the fact that their club appear to play teams just as they come into a good run of form. Conversely it’s also good to catch clubs whilst they are on a poor run of form. I think many clubs in the Championship took advantage of a Portsmouth side in turmoil earlier this […]

Winners and Losers of the calendar year (2010)

As any supporter knows, the football season runs from summer to summer, however I felt as we approach the end of 2010 that it would be interesting to take a look at how well clubs have done over the calendar year. This stuff is obviously totally irrelevant when it comes to handing out trophies or deciding promotion or relegation but […]

“League Championship” – Board Game Review

In what is likely to be a short series Mirko Bolesan brings you a review of a football related board game. We start with “League Championship”, a shrewd purchase in the local Oxfam shop at a bargain £7.99. World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks adorns the cover of the box and it’s his endorsement that covers all four edges of […]

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 […]

A Nicely Written Match Report

I’m currently reading Eddie Hapgood’s autobiography (he captained Arsenal and England during the 1930s). It’s a pretty good read. As you can imagine a lot has changed in the game since then. This excerpt from a match report that Hapgood was involved in is included in the book. (Hapgood’s Arsenal are playing Hapgood’s previous club Kettering Town). See if you […]