Italy’s Last Age of Superfluous Spending

All Euro values are from Transfermarkt. Transfer expenditures are described via seasons, i.e. 1998/99, because the transfer window was only universally introduced in the 2002/03 season. Before that, transfers were conducted year round. Things have changed a bit since @Crespo moved for £35.5m in 2000… @Sport360 pic.twitter.com/TdSn1CuodY — Mark Lomas (@marklomasSport) August 10, 2016 Even by the exuberant standards of the Premier League, England has … Continue reading Italy’s Last Age of Superfluous Spending

Bengaluru FC’s Miraculous Season

Despite a population of over a billion people, India’s best ever result has been qualification for the 1950 World Cup. Even then, they pulled out because of a lack of funds and a misunderstanding of the importance of the tournament. Famously, they claimed they were unable to even spend money on football boots, although then captain Sailen Manna has since stated that this was an … Continue reading Bengaluru FC’s Miraculous Season

American Soccer’s Missed Opportunity

As published on These Football Times ‘U.S. Favorite to Win World’s Soccer Title’ – New York Times America is a country with a great passion for sports. They have the largest leagues for basketball, baseball, ice hockey and American football. However, soccer has never been the most popular of sports across the Atlantic. Even when they hosted the World Cup in 1994, soccer was the … Continue reading American Soccer’s Missed Opportunity

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