Nike's kit launches for the England and US national teams were met with scorn from fans and media on Thursday, whilst panic-stricken executives cancelled the launch of the Brazil shirt in Rio due to unwarranted concerns over demonstrations.
The company, known only as "Sportswear Company A" in US indictments relating to football-related corruption, decided to launch its new England, France, USA and Brazil on the same day - perhaps hoping fans wouldn't notice how similar they are.
The England design comprises white shirt and shorts with blue trim, grey-blue sleeves and shoulders, and red socks. The red away kit carries the same design but with blue socks, and dark red sleeves and shoulders.
According to the FA, the red away shirt commemorates the 50th anniversary
Updated 18th March 2016 at 02:28 PM by 11v11
The hopes and expectations of an entire nation will once again surface as England begin preparation for Euro 2016, with Roy Hodgson's side hoping to do themselves proud in a tournament that could point towards a bright or dark future for the national team.
While the focus should remain on a Premier League season that has been the most unpredictable, yet dramatic and exciting, in recent history, the players will undoubtedly have one eye on this summer and will look to make an impression at their respective club in order to make the 23-man squad. It remains to be seen who Hodgson selects to represent England, but although the Three Lions are dark horses with Bookies.com to come back from France victorious, history would suggest that it will take a monumental effort to not only
Updated 25th February 2016 at 10:45 PM by 11v11
It seems to me that when decisions are being made in football, whether it be on ticket prices, when games are played, venues for important matches, kick-off times and so on, that the fans are very low down on the list of considerations.
This viewpoint was emphasised recently when the fixture gurus decided to send Carlisle United to play Plymouth Argyle on a Tuesday night!
The life of a loyal football supporter is tough enough without adding to the challenge of those wanting to attend all of their team’s matches.
Sitting in their armchair listening to a local radio commentary or following the game via Sky or social media simply doesn’t hack it for some of the hardiest of souls.
For 169 Carlisle fans they just had to embark on a 779-mile
Updated 28th August 2015 at 07:07 PM by Veritas
England have, of course, been eliminated at the first group stage of a World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Costa Rica are already through to the next round. If Costa Rica draw they will definitely top group D. If they lose they could still top the group, depending on goal difference.
This will be the first ever match between Costa Rica and England.Costa Rica have scored in all 7 previous World Cup matches v teams from Europe.England have not lost all 3 group games at a major tournament since the 1988 European Championships.Should England lose this would be the first time they have ever ended with zero points in a World Cup group.Roy Hodgson has lost his last 4 games at the World Cup, (including 2 with Switzerland).This is the first
Uruguay v England
England played well against Italy but lost the game. Against Uruguay they need to get a decent result or they will be following Spain out of the competition.
The stats omens are mixed:
England have scored in every one of their last 8 World Cup encounters with South American sides.Daniel Sturridge has scored 3 goals in his last 4 appearances for England.Wayne Rooney has not yet scored a World Cup goal. If he plays, this will be his 10th game.They last met in a friendly in March 2006 at Anfield. England won 2-1 with goals by Peter Crouch and Joe Cole. Only 4 teams have progressed to the last 16 after losing their opening game since the current World Cup format was introduced in 1998.
England v Italy stats
The only previous World Cup meeting was the 1990 3rd place play-off: Italy won 2-1
England won the last encounter 2-1 in August 2012
England have lost only 1 of 15 matches played abroad under Hodgson (W6, D8)
England have scored all eight World Cup penalties they have been awarded (excl penalty shoot-outs)
England have only lost 2 of their last 16 World Cup games (W7, D7), excluding penalty shoot-outs
Wayne Rooney has failed to score in 594 minutes of World Cup football for England
Luke Shaw is the youngest player at the World Cup apart from Cameroon's Fabrice Olinga
Since 3 July 1998 against France, Italy have scored in every one of their last 14 games at the World Cup (the best current run)
7 of Italy's last
Updated 14th June 2014 at 01:55 PM by 11v11
The Team Base Camps for all 32 teams to have qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil were announcedhttp://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2267880/ on Friday.
Here is the complete list:
Belgium: Mogi das Cruzes
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Guaruja
Chile: Belo Horizonte
Cote Ivoire: Aguas de Lindoia
Costa Rica: Santos
Croatia: Mata de Sao Joao
England: Rio de Janeiro
France: Ribeirao Preto
Germany: Santa Cruz Cabralia
Honduras: Porto Feliz
Despite speculation that a pioneering surgical technique using an internal brace could help Theo Walcott recover within four months, after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham on Saturday, the Arsenal and England player is out for the rest of the season and realistically speaking won’t be traveling to Brazil for the World Cup.
Walcott’s injury came towards the end of a crucial FA Cup win, in which he again demonstrated his value to the Gooners as a stand-in striker, and at the moment when his standing amongst the North London fans has reached an all-time high.
For Arsene Wenger, the search for a striker now has even greater importance, and where he spends his money may be decisive in whether Arsenal’s title challenge can
Leaping out from the deluge of post Euro opinion are two basic questions which seem to be swamped by all the expert, and not so expert, punditry. From a national perspective, why did England not do better? Let`s get the easy one out of the way, answer, because England were not good enough, deeper analysis and dissection for a later time. The second and more pleasant question is, why did Spain win. Again that`s quite an easy one, because they were the best team.
Why were Spain the best team, basically because they lifted the trophy and in the record books for all time they will be listed as winners, as they will be for the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships. And therein lies the rub as Will Shakespeare wrote. You see we keep hearing and reading phrases like
by 11v11 Guest Blogger Brian Beard
Hands up all of you who gasped and were underwhelmed by Roy Hodgson's squad for the European Championships. The words that crossed my mind were; functional, pragmatic, unexciting. Then, for some reason, Denmark, 1992, and Greece, 2004, flashed across my mind (the latter having nothing whatsoever to do with the Euro, more the Euros eight years ago when the functional and pragmatic Greeks danced off with the trophy. Denmark were late substitutes for Yugoslavia 20 years ago and won the tournament, after plucking their players from beaches across the world. Sun beds and Ambre Solaire, as preparation, didn`t impair Schmeichel and co too much.
Am I suggesting the hurried installation of Roy Hodgson, with barely
Updated 25th May 2012 at 09:45 AM by 11v11