The Forgotten Brilliance of Euro 2008

It is an obvious statement, but Iceland’s achievements at Euro 2016 were incredible. To have coasted through qualification and a tournament group containing both Portugal and Austria is impressive for any nation. To have done so at your first major tournament, of any sporting variety, is stunning. To do so with a population of just over 330,000 is a borderline miracle. To top off these achievements … Continue reading The Forgotten Brilliance of Euro 2008

Manchester United’s Golden Quartet: 45 Minutes of Footballing Nirvana

On 21 May 2008, the 60th year anniversary of the Munich crash, Manchester United lifted their third, and latest, European Cup. John Terry’s slip and Edwin Van Der Sar’s heroics in the Muscovite rain granted Sir Alex Ferguson his last continental trophy. However, in true Fergie fashion, the legendary Scot manager refused to rest on his laurels. Despite having the most feared attack on the … Continue reading Manchester United’s Golden Quartet: 45 Minutes of Footballing Nirvana

The Definitive Return of Romelu Lukaku

According to Marc Wilmots, his criticism of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku after the match against Italy was a bluff. The players were aware of his intent, as Wilmots claimed to have talked to them privately. Whatever the truth of the matter, the manager’s tactic seemed to have worked. Belgium burst out of the blocks against the Republic of Ireland, sustaining the pace to … Continue reading The Definitive Return of Romelu Lukaku

Scouting Report: Jordan Henderson

“He has got all the skills technically that we needed…He’s good with the ball, he’s creative, he’s got good passing, he’s physically very good…That’s everything we wanted in a midfielder and he’s versatile as well.” – Damien Comolli (Liverpool Director of Football) on Jordan Henderson, June 2011 Upon signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2011, the transfer of Jordan Henderson was seen as coup … Continue reading Scouting Report: Jordan Henderson