Category Archives: Football history

The Ultimate Underdog XI

Everyone loves an underdog story, whether it is in football or any other great underdog moment as seen in the history of the greatest underdogs that beat the odds, the plucky no-hopers who defy the odds and topple giants of the game, and football has many examples. So here’s our ultimate underdog eleven. If they could ever appear on the pitch together we think they’d be unbeatable. (more…)
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The return of the terraces – AKA safe standing section?

Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion are the latest clubs to explore the possibility of installing a so-called safe standing area at their grounds begging the question as to whether, 27 years after Hillsborough, the call for a return to terraces in English stadiums is becoming too loud to be ignored. (more…)
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The similarities between football and bingo jargon

The jargon of bingo and football is, of course, very different, nevertheless, there are some considerable similarities. Both games are stupendously popular and just about everybody knows their most popular phrases. Whether it's playing a friendly game with your friends or playing for money both football and bingo are hugely popular worldwide, so much so they have developed their own etiquette and rules, variety of different tournaments as well as their own language and phrases. Now there may not be…
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Five divisions of 20 – Football League restructure proposal resurfaces

The Football League has released proposals that could see the domestic professional league system re-organised into five divisions of 20 teams from the start of the 2019-20 season. As if to prove there’s nothing new in the game, the same proposal was put forward back in the sixties and, half a century later, could the 100-club structure suffer the same fate? The 21st century version carries the title of a ‘Whole Game Solution’. It was in 1959 that Football League…
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5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise

Taking on the role of manager of a top flight football club is a precarious task to say the least. Even the most respected managers can get it wrong, while the incompetent can be sacked in the blink of an eye. While some managers seem to have what it takes to turn a team around and keep it successful, here's 5 football manager appointments that came as a big surprise to both fans and pundits alike. 1. Paolo di Canio…
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Goal machine Robert Lewandowski’s one in 55,147 years achievement

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski continues to enjoy a purple patch the envy of strikers around the world. He scored yet another hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League in midweek, making it 10 goals in his last three games. Lewandowkski’s most remarkable achievement was coming off the bench at half-time against Wolfsburg on the 22 September to score five goals in nine minutes during a 5-1 Bundesliga comeback win. He netted his first in the 51st minute and…
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Teams that won with huge goal margins

It was once said that football is a game of two halves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and sometimes one team simply takes an absolute hammering at the hands of the opposition. Here, we will take a look at five of the biggest winning goal margins in football. Brazil 1-7 Germany, 8th July, 2014 In what was one of the most spectacular one-sided games in football history, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil welcomed eventual winners Germany to…
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How technology has changed the face of football today

We now experience televised sport, and football in particular, in a matrix of graphical wizardry. Sky, BT Sports, BBC, and even Setanta introduced so many nuances to the Beautiful Game, aided and abetted by pitch-side fans armed with smartphones, that the thought of just one, grainy camera at games, a la Kenneth Wolstenholme introducing Match of the Day way back when, seems totally alien. by Alex Jones Even international games at footballing outposts are now delivered in HD (and soon…
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