FIFA in Checkmate (thanks to mate’s cheques)

June 2nd, 2014|

I wrote some months back that the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil will be the last in its current form. The revelations in the Sunday Times this weekend do nothing to change it.

Essentially, FIFA are already in checkmate. […]

FIFA: The End is Near

October 3rd, 2013|

(War Minus the) Shooting From the Hip

November 8th, 2011|

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[author_info]Originally published on TwoHundredPercent about the media storm over whether FIFA should permit England’s footballers to wear poppies on their shirts when England played Spain in a friendly the day before Remembrance Sunday.[/author_info] [/author]

And so it ends. 93 years of England’s ignominious and unpatriotic failure to wear poppies on their shirts comes to a deserved end, and a nation can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that now football has fallen into line, people will actually start wearing poppies for the first time ever. Or something like that.


The Ball is Round

September 13th, 2006|

A history of the 20th century which doesn’t focus on the USA is the novel premise that underpins David Goldblatt’s magnificent history of football from the earliest appearance of the game to the eve of the 2006 World Cup. […]