One to Watch: #10) Runar Runarsson

Just the mention of an Icelandic player is enough to send shivers down the spine of England fans. To their relief however, it’s more likely to be French football fans witnessing Dijon goalkeeper Runar Runarsson in action. The 5-cap Icelander finished the curtailed campaign between the sticks in Ligue 1 but faces serious competition fromContinue reading “One to Watch: #10) Runar Runarsson”

Jack Charlton 1935-2020

England World Cup winner and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85. Those two snippets of information alone are almost enough to ensure that Charlton’s contribution to football isn’t underestimated. Only eleven men have ever walked onto a field and won a World Cup for England. ItContinue reading “Jack Charlton 1935-2020”

World Football’s Dark Horses?

Canada’s footballers have only ever graced the World Cup on one occasion. That was back in 1986 in Mexico when they failed to score or register a point. They by no means disgraced themselves however, narrowly losing 1-0 to France in their opening game before suffering 2-0 defeats against both Hungary and Soviet Union. FortyContinue reading “World Football’s Dark Horses?”

Euro 2021?

What was Euro 2020 has been rescheduled for next summer but there must be serious doubts as to whether or not the competition will take place at all. In a novel approach the tournament is due to be held in twelve cities across Europe. Immediately that rings alarm bells and if the competition is likelyContinue reading “Euro 2021?”

Remembering Roberto… but not Forgetting Giuseppe!

The lasting image of the 1994 World Cup in USA is that of a forlorn Roberto Baggio having just blazed his penalty high over the bar in Pasadena to hand Brazil their fourth world crown. That it’s the tragic failure of Baggio that is remembered above the goal scoring exploits of Brazil’s Romario and BebetoContinue reading “Remembering Roberto… but not Forgetting Giuseppe!”

World Cup History – Modern Monopoly!

At the first ever World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 thirteen teams participated, seven from South America, four from Europe and two from North America. At the 2026 World Cup, nearly a century since the first World Cup footballers graced the field, little has changed in regards to the monopoly of allocated places that football’sContinue reading “World Cup History – Modern Monopoly!”