Euro football round-up #4

By John Dobson

The way the Champions League is unfolding, we’re switching allegiances as each round passes. In the third qualifying round, we were on Maccabi Tel Aviv who played Maribor. A goal coming five minutes into stoppages in the first leg gave a fairly defensive Maribor the advantage. The onus would therefore be on Maccabi to force the issue in the return, once again hosted in Larnaca. Continue reading

Five things to look forward to in the coming football season

New coach, new set of initials

The Premier League may have lost that gravel-voiced and overly tactical– but ultimately unsuccessful– AVB bloke, but it has gained another manager whose name gives players, managers, fans and media alike another excuse to refer to the individual by initials only in that increasingly mildly annoying manner– LvG. Continue reading

Five of the best away kits for the 2014/15 football season

A.S. Roma

Plain and professional Nike design, simple white with the Roma colours in a left to right diagonal. Top marks.

Norwich

The badge seems quite high up on the chest, almost touching collar-bone, in fact. But it’s a neat item that looks like it means business, and with a combination of colours the club has used before.

Nottingham Forest

Something of the Gary Birtles-era pin stripe retro to this one. You could say less portentous than the two above it, more a proper looking footie shirt.

Real Madrid

Sticking with Adidas and the mighty Real Madrid have taken a supreme left turn and gone for all bright pink. Come on, blokes, admit that you quite like it. Considering the famous all white has driven teams down the years to copy, one woonders how many clubs will follow suit on this occasion?

AC Milan

This nifty number is Milan’s third kit for the season ahead. A new era for the club with hero Filippo Inzaghi installed as head coach and, who knows, this garment might also invigorate the players to make sure they don’t perform as poorly as last season. It should, and they shouldn’t.

Euro football round-up #2

Inför Györi ETO FC - IFK Göteborg

Continuing our run through to the finals of UEFA’s top competitions….

By John Dobson

There was little drama for our runners in the Europa League in the second qualifying round. A week ago, IFK Göteborg went to Hungary and stuck three away against Győri ETO without reply (above). Job done, pretty much. Mikael Stahre eschewed the chance of resting players for the return at the Ullevi and Győri’s task looked greater still when, with the score at 0-0, Gergely Rudolf picked up a second yellow card and was dismissed. But two minutes later, Serbian midfielder Nemanja Andrić scored to at least give the Hungarians hope. Too little, too late as it turned out. Göteborg closed it out with no further scares and progress to the next round. Continue reading

Euro football round-up #1

By John Dobson

Mixed fortunes in Europe’s two premier club competitions for the DPAK road-to-the-finals experiment. Firstly, the good news. In the Europa League, IFK Göteborg had a shocker at home in the first leg, being held to a goalless draw by Luxembourg’s Fola Esch. They dominated possession 60-40, had five shots on target to just two, but couldn’t find a way through. They were made to wait in the second leg too, but eventually got home with Lasse Vibe and May Mahlangu scoring in the last quarter of an hour to seal a 2-0 aggregate win. Continue reading