| Jun 15, 2012

England must end jinx against Sweden

It seems to be an unwritten law in football that in competitive matches England does not beat Sweden. In seven meetings at the World Cup and European Championship there have been five draws and two Swedish victories. If England fails to record its first ...

| Jun 9, 2012

Chance for Hodgson to silence critics

When Roy Hodgson was unveiled as the new England manager a month ago, he admitted he would have to grow a thicker skin. “Dealing with the mass media has been a part of my life. If I’m going to be vulnerable or lacking in ...

| Jun 2, 2012

Racism not confined to Euro hosts

Before the 2006 World Cup in Germany we were told by certain sections of the English media that neo-Nazi gangs would terrorize visitors. Two years ago South Africa would, allegedly, be a machete-wielding war zone. In fact both tournaments passed off without any major ...

| Apr 28, 2012

Manchester derby for all the marbles

Since Manchester City became potentially the richest club in the world following their takeover by the Abu Dhabi-based business group, each time it plays Manchester United these days it is billed as “the biggest derby ever.” On Monday the hype will have a more ...

| Mar 31, 2012

Chelsea unlikely to retain di Matteo

Roman Abramovich would love nothing more than for Chelsea to win the Champions League final. It has been the Russian’s holy grail since buying the club nine years and eight managers ago. Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Benfica in Lisbon makes it the favorite to ...

| Mar 24, 2012

Outpouring for Muamba unusual

Patrice Muamba appears to be making steady progress after the Bolton midfielder’s cardiac arrest during last Saturday’s F.A. Cup tie against Tottenham. Let us hope Muamba, and anyone in a similar position, makes a full recovery. Muamba’s situation has united the football world in ...

| Mar 17, 2012

Terry's influence crucial for Chelsea

Maybe it was Roman Abramovich’s instruction to the players to improve. One glance at the Chelsea owner’s Wikipedia page would no doubt encourage anyone to shift up a gear when told. Perhaps it was the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas, who paid the price for ...

| Mar 10, 2012

Chelsea's revolving door won't stop

In any other business Roman Abramovich would be fired. I am sure that if one of Abramovich’s employees had made a series of calamitous decisions that cost the company £80 million he would be shown the door. Abramovich, of course, is effectively wasting his ...

| Mar 3, 2012

Redknapp may make England wait

When Fabio Capello said he wanted to resign as England manager, David Bernstein, the chairman of the Football Association, said it was “best for the F.A.” so the Italian’s offer was one he could not refuse. Thanks for the 2010 World Cup debacle and ...