Mini Blether: Modern Football Finance v 90’s Scottish Football

Much has been made recently, or over the last 6 months or so, of the financial issues at many of Europe's top clubs. Notwithstanding the facts that every club in every country in the world has been impacted by Covid 19, the economic issues at many of the top table clubs have been set out... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether: Favourite Football Words and Phrases

While watching more football on TV than ever before amid the Covid pandemic and in turn both experiencing the clean, crisp and well enunciated commentary on offer as well as missing out on the more industrial and colloquial language of the terraces, the mind does wander towards very specific football lexicon. Here we look at... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether: Old Lady’s Knickers Down

Juventus, the Old Lady of Turin, Italy's team. Hated and loved throughout Italy, the epicentre of scandal, corruption and indeed the source of much of Italian football's glory at home and abroad. A club who are often relentless in periods of success, whether that may be the 5 consecutive titles in the 1930's; dominance through... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether: B Teams – A+ or C-?

Recent proposals to introduce Celtic and Rangers B Teams into the Scottish League system (alongside added teams from Highland and Lowland divisions) have sparked a flurry of discussion for and against the proposal. Here we take a look at the main considerations and speculate over the good, bad and the ugly impacts of such a... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether – New Experiences

As the relentlessness of Covid and the various lockdowns and restrictions continue, one is often reminded or left dreaming of the simple pleasures of attending a football match. The clack of the turnstyles, aroma of Bovril, tongue scalding meatyness of a pie - Ah the joys. However we are left with the slightly less sensual... Continue Reading →

Embracing post pandemic change

The impacts of the covid19 pandemic on Scottish football are coming in to sharp focus. After the pantemine of the voting and subsequent agreement to effectively call the season, we now move into forward planing for the forthcoming footballing schedule. Ideas have been outlined from a condensed 18 game Championship season, to a Scottish Cup... Continue Reading →

Football Standardisation v Football Chaos

A common theme in recent times has been for commentators, players and football fans to look back with nostalgia, through rose tinted glasses, to the days when we were all young, playing football with our friends on the street, round the park or on a proper football pitch - both informally and formally. Many lament... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether: Israel v Scotland, blip or bust?

Scotland whimpered to a 2-1 defeat away to Israel. A disappointing performance on a number of levels. There's the disappointment in losing of course, within the Nations League set up and after a positive win over Albania, progress in the competition suddenly looks more challenging while the threat of relegation also now appears an option... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether: Really Love Italian Football

There's something really warm and comforting about sitting in on a rainy Sunday afternoon, watching some top quality Calcio play out at the San Siro. Much publicised is the fondness many have for the good old days of the 1990's where Channel 4 provided us mere mortals, without the sufficient luxury of satellite or cable,... Continue Reading →

Mini Blether – Modern Day Strikers

A number 9. If nothing else, that otherwise simple number is personified by generations of goalscorers, strikers, poachers. There have been quite a few articles, recent discussions and opinions offered concerning the modern day absence of this type of player within top level football. There are examples around, Lewandowski of Bayern and Poland for example or... Continue Reading →

Second Tier But Not Second Class

A return to Berlin for a long weekend to participate in one of the marathon majors presented an excellent opportunity to take in some 2. Bundasliga action between Union Berlin and MSV Duisburg. In the last couple of years I have enjoyed attending junior and lower league games in Scotland so I was keen to... Continue Reading →

Scotland v Belgium – Ce n’etais pas bien

Scotland 0-4 Belgium. A bit of a doing for our boys in blue. There will be much written about Scotland's heaviest home defeat since the 1970's. Some will label and describe an "embarrassing" or "shambolic" performance where an incoherent Scotland side gave away possession and goals needlessly and were rightly punished by a top ranked... Continue Reading →

Coach Surfing – Innovation or Bust?

There have been a number of articles and publications over the past few years outlining the success and progression of British football coaches working in far flung corners of the globe, out of the spotlight of the UK Media but still managing to make some progression in the coaching world. Higher profile cases include Graham... Continue Reading →

World Cup Memories

With World Cup fever firmly gripping all football fans, alongside the plethora of football stats, predictions, squad updates, opinions and the like being on hand 24/7, I felt it appropriate to offer some light relief in the form of some good old nostalgia. France 1998 The first World Cup which I really remember was... Continue Reading →

Parma – Hipster’s Paradise?

Friday, 18 May 2018 was the date when Parma Calcio 1913 sealed their return to the top level of Italian Football, Serie A. After some turbulent and troubled times, Parma have built back up from the ashes and secured 3 promotions in 3 years as they climb back up from the abyss, from a time... Continue Reading →

Bucket List Stadiums

As regular readers will appreciate, trips away to watch football are a real passion. In no particular order, I've watched club and international football in Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Iceland and Norway. Games in these countries have been viewed in a whole spectrum of venues from... Continue Reading →

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