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 three just in front of him being former Basingstoke Town […]

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 season as they got to grips with the division. Playing […]

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 it may give an indication as to which sides have […]

“Emlyn Hughes Teamtactix” – Board Game Review

As I mentioned in the last board game review this is likely to be a very short series, and so it has proved with this being the second and probably last (for now) board game review. This game is endorsed by Emlyn Hughes, a man who was one of the first players to forge a career outside of football, chiefly as team captain on Question of Sport opposite England rugby […]

“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 the box. Gordon Banks certainly promoted rather more wholesome products […]

Why was 26th March 1927 a big day for Welsh football?

26th March 1927 was an important day in Cardiff City’s history, it was the day they beat Reading at Molineux in the FA Cup semi final in a competition they would go on to win for the only time in their history. A big moment for the club, but also a very good day for Welsh football. Amazing as it seems now, at the time there were six Welsh clubs […]

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 added “And now it’s Torkil… (some words here are difficult […]

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 Recber Tuzluca Mehmet Topal Semih Senturk Gokdeniz Karadeniz Tumer Metin […]

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 can work out what the reporter is moaning about before […]