A Tale of Two Scuffed Kicks!

At Euro ‘96, France midfielder Reynald Pedros missed a penalty. It was a moment that would completely alter the trajectory of his career. He had progressed through the ranks at FC Nantes and made it into the national team. Following his penalty miss however, he would wear the French shirt on only a few moreContinue reading “A Tale of Two Scuffed Kicks!”

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!”