World Cup 1986

I loved the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Maybe its because it was the first football tournament that caught my imagination. Scotland were there and with a fair enough squad of mainly English first division players. King Kenny pulled out due to flu but we still had Strachan, Souness, MacAvennie, Sharp, Nicol etc and Alex […]

English will never get the World Cup

It seems like the BBC and assorted British press are a dog with a bone in regards to FIFA and the World Cup. They still can’t believe that Qatar got awarded the tournament despite their questionable attitudes towards gay people, workers conditions and the unbearable heat in their desert location (nobody has really mentioned they […]

The FIFA rankings don’t lie, much.

The FIFA rankings are notoriously confusing and sometimes spurious however what they show is current form in the World game. Croatia have moved into 5th position and although impressive in UEFA qualification Group B can hardly be merited as the 5th best team in the World. Similarly a faltering Portugal do not deserve their 6th position (they […]

2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist

2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid C.F.) Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid) Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)Leo Messi (FC Barcelona) Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Xavi (Barcelona) Gerard Pique (Barcelona)Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) Robin van Persie (Manchester United) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) Mario Balotelli (Manchester […]