The Wikipedia article entitled “European Cup and UEFA Champions League history” addresses periods of dominance by countries or clubs. What it doesn’t address is how the advent in 1997 of having more than one club qualify from certain countries has influenced which countries dominate the competition. The dominant footballing nations of European club football, Italy,… Continue reading Changing Dominance In The Champions League
The 2013 League Cup Final on 24 February 2013 between Swansea City and Bradford City has been notable for the following: Swansea City are the first Welsh club to win the League Cup. This is only the second occasion that a Welsh club has won either of the two major domestic cup competitions in England.… Continue reading Last Eight To Finals Of The League Cup, 2012-2013
In reply to: So what happens now, FIFA is rotten to the core, …. Andrew Jennings has been saying that for years. Unfortunately, it is only after England, Australia and the USA fail in their bids to host the World Cup that the English-speaking world has followed suit.
Blatter has been cleared by the Ethics Committee. Bin Hammam not only withdraws his candidacy, but he has been suspended by the Ethics Committee. Jack Warner is also suspended. Blatter is now unopposed.
My views about re-shaping the European pyramid have been criticized on this blog and elsewhere. The details of the proposed structure are set out in several earlier posts, dating back to May 2008: Transnational European Leagues Proposals For A European League A British League Atlantic League How The Game Has Changed British League – An… Continue reading A Broader European Pyramid
I responded with several posts on a thread on Tony’s Non-League Forum about recent high profile refereeing errors in England. I’m collating them here.