When it was assumed Redknapp would be given first refusal on the England job, there was a consensus that this summer’s European Championships would represent a tournament without pressure. Roy Hodgson will not be afforded that luxury.
I think that Roy Hodgson’s appointment infuriates so many of us because it shows us what we really are: we are outsiders, peering up at football’s elite.
Harry Redknapp said last week that the England manager role is “an older man’s job”. Is he right?
“Still bitter” was the phrase used by “kicker” to describe the latest diplomatic furore surrounding Michael Ballack. A simple, but thoroughly apt headline to describe the sad decline of a man who was once the poster boy of German football.
To argue against Harry Redknapp for England is akin to arguing in favour of bankers bonuses. While somewhere in both arguments lies some complicated logic, the chances of being heard above the the sonance of popular opinion are minimal. But here goes.
Fabio Capello’s time as the manager of England is over and many in the country are breathing a huge sigh of relief. To say the Italian divided opinions is an understatement as he seemed to be living on borrowed time ever since the World Cup debacle. But did the Italian fail to understand English football as many have suggested, or was it simply the other way round?
With 2011 now over, followers of the Bundesliga are looking back on what has been a year full of scandal, surprise and soap opera.
Greece will open next summer’s Euro 2012 tournament against Poland just as they did eight years ago in Portugal, where Otto Rehhagel’s side eventually went on to lift the trophy and surpass expectations of everyone in the game.
Ireland fan Conor Cunningham has been telling the incredible story of how he found himself sitting in the best seat at the A. Le Coq Arena for Ireland’s Euro 2012 play-off match with Estonia.
On the back of a 2011 which has seen a near flawless Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, and concluded on Tuesday night with a 3-0 drubbing of the Netherlands, things are looking up for the German national team.
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