Highs And ‘Löw’s

Credit: Thomas Holbach Spain’s 6-0 drubbing of Joachim Löw’s Germany has sent shockwaves around Europe- but to the German fans and media this comes as little surprise. Die Mannschaft needed just a point from their final group game as they travelled to Seville last night, in order to qualify for the Nations League finals. WhatContinue reading “Highs And ‘Löw’s”

Johan Walem: The Belgian lapidarist is here to polish Cypriot diamonds

Credit: Cypriot FA By Stel Stylianou – Lead European Football writer Played seven, won one, drawn one, lost five. Not the start Johan Walem would have liked as head coach of the Cypriot national team. Appointed in January 2020, Walem’s instructions from the Cypriot FA were simple; lower the average age, give youth a chanceContinue reading “Johan Walem: The Belgian lapidarist is here to polish Cypriot diamonds”

Kieran Maguire: The financial future of English football

You can buy Kieran’s book ‘The Price of Football’ HERE with all royalties donated to the Trussell Trust. You can also tune in to the Price of Football podcast every Monday and Thursday. In October 2020 Sam Wallace of The Telegraph revealed ‘Project Big Picture’ (PBP). An attempt by the American owners of Manchester UnitedContinue reading “Kieran Maguire: The financial future of English football”

Craig Brown: Working with Shankly, Ferguson and a life in football management

Photos courtesy of Craig Brown You are currently retired as a professional manager? Yes, I retired seven years ago as a manager and a short time before my retirement my friend Sir Alex Ferguson rang me to say, “Do you know you are the oldest manager in Scotland?” At that time I was ‘only’ 72Continue reading “Craig Brown: Working with Shankly, Ferguson and a life in football management”

The National League And The 10 Million Pound Question

It was barely a month ago when the National League put to bed the rumours of financial instability brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic with the announcement of a 3 month bailout package secured with the National Lottery Basically, the National League and National League’s North & South are classed amongst football’s ‘elite levels’, thereforeContinue reading “The National League And The 10 Million Pound Question”

Wings of Change: How the World’s Biggest Energy Drink Manufacturer Made a Mark in Football

Wings of Change is the story of how Red Bull, the world’s largest energy drinks manufacturer made their mark in football. After years of success in the beverage line and the world of extreme sports, Red Bull controversially took over their local club, SV Austria Salzburg, and changed their name, crest, colours and history. SoonContinue reading “Wings of Change: How the World’s Biggest Energy Drink Manufacturer Made a Mark in Football”

Duris Mode: Seven day turn around

Credit: Елена Рыбакова By Stel Stylianou – Lead European Football writer Michal Duris’ extra time winner for Slovakia in their Euro 2020 qualification play off victory at Windsor Park ended a torrid seven days on a perfect high. The 32 year old has endured a difficult start to his Omonoia Nicosia career since his arrivalContinue reading “Duris Mode: Seven day turn around”

Craig Brown: The buzz of qualification and what comes next

Photos courtesy of Craig Brown Written by Craig Brown I’m fortunate in that I’ve been to 5 major tournaments (WC ‘86, ‘90, ‘98 : EC ‘92, ‘96) having been involved in qualification for 4 of the 5. For the World Cup in 1986 I was invited by the temporary manager, Alex Ferguson, to join theContinue reading “Craig Brown: The buzz of qualification and what comes next”

Alan Mahood: From Saltcoats to Serbia – Steve Clarke’s journey to the Euro’s

In October 2017 when Kilmarnock FC were managerless a few names were mentioned. Some were the usual suspects, one or two were interesting outsiders, then there was Steve Clarke. As a fan you always look at where a managers been and who they’ve worked with? Ruud Gullit, Jose Mourinho, Gianfranco Zola & Kenny Dalglish areContinue reading “Alan Mahood: From Saltcoats to Serbia – Steve Clarke’s journey to the Euro’s”

Willie Boland: Coventry, Cardiff, Bobby Gould and playing against Keane

You retired in 2010. How are you enjoying retirement from professional football and how is life for you these days away from the pitch? I think if you ask any footballer initially it is a big shock. My retirement came through injury, an injury that I sustained at Hartlepool United. I have four knee operationsContinue reading “Willie Boland: Coventry, Cardiff, Bobby Gould and playing against Keane”

Nikolay Todorov: ICT, John Robertson and goal scoring

Credit: Trevor Martin / Inverness Caledonian Thistle By The Real Fitbaw – @fitbawreal It’s been a mixed start in the league but you scored and ICT got their first win of the campaign over Arbroath – do you think that result can kick-start a run of form? “We have been playing well in all ourContinue reading “Nikolay Todorov: ICT, John Robertson and goal scoring”

Discipline And Organisation In Football: is it still important in the modern game?

I have been in football for nearly 40 years yet do the same standards and ethos apply? One of English football’s greatest managers Sir Alex Ferguson operated on these principles and never deviated throughout his managerial career. In his book Leading with Michael Moritz. “I placed discipline above all else and it might have costContinue reading “Discipline And Organisation In Football: is it still important in the modern game?”

No time for hangover effects in Slovakia as Scots seek Nations League Promotion

FRIDAY the thirteenth wasn’t such an unlucky day in Scotland. Thanks to the events of the night before in Serbia, the nation forgot about Coronavirus and its ill-effect on the world and celebrated the men’s National team’s first qualification for a major international tournament since 1998. You could see how much it meant to thisContinue reading “No time for hangover effects in Slovakia as Scots seek Nations League Promotion”

Timo Mehlich: Rio Grande Valley, developing my game and playing against Pulisic

You signed for Rio Grande Valley FC in January 2020. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how you describe club such as Rio Grande FC? So far my time at the club has been really good except for the Corona-virus going on and it has put a break onContinue reading “Timo Mehlich: Rio Grande Valley, developing my game and playing against Pulisic”

Kieran Maguire: The reality of Manchester United’s finances

By Kieran Maguire – @KieranMaguire Revenue Manchester United revenue down 20% in first quarter of 2020/21 and have gone from a profit of £11m to a loss of £27m. Net debt up £56m compared to same date last year. Wage Bill Manchester United wage bill up slightly due to bonuses for qualifying for Champions League.Continue reading “Kieran Maguire: The reality of Manchester United’s finances”

Kevin Kyle: Sunderland, Phillips, Hearts and Open Goal

By The Real Fitbaw – @FitbawReal Hearts have been billed as heavy favourites for the Championship this season – can you see anyone causing your former club any problems? “Absolutely not. If they don’t get promoted then I’ll be shocked. They should really be walking that league with the players and budget they have.” YouContinue reading “Kevin Kyle: Sunderland, Phillips, Hearts and Open Goal”

Dear Steve, Dear Scotland: THANK YOU

Dear Steve, Dear Scotland. For 22 years we oversaw too many scenes of heartbreak, failure and sadness.Too long we had been nearly but not quite.France 98’ seemed a lifetime ago. But, on Thursday night in Belgrade, your team and fifteen men in blue and white turned our fortunes around. I knew we had the playersContinue reading “Dear Steve, Dear Scotland: THANK YOU”

David Bates: Cercle Brugge, Scotland and developing as a defender

You are currently on loan at Cercle Brugge in Belgium. How are you enjoying your time at the club so far and how would you describe a club such as Cercle Brugge? My time at Cercle Brugge has been really good so far. I have enjoyed every single minute since I have been here. TheContinue reading “David Bates: Cercle Brugge, Scotland and developing as a defender”

Valakari: Paphos FC’s Wonderboy

Credit: PaphosFC By Stel Stylianou A stunning international debut goal at the home of the world champions is a dream that came true for 21 year old midfielder Onni Valakari. The Paphos FC midfielder’s twenty yard strike sent social media in a frenzy, as Finland earned a shock 2-0 victory at the Stade De France.Continue reading “Valakari: Paphos FC’s Wonderboy”

Five reasons why Cove Rangers are serious League One title contenders

By Charlie Harris Cove Rangers have started life in League One in the same manner they finished life in League Two – deservedly top of the table. Under the leadership of Paul Hartley, the South Aberdeen side have turned from a Highland League team, to SPFL League One title contenders in just a couple of seasons,Continue reading “Five reasons why Cove Rangers are serious League One title contenders”

Tom Lang: Clyde, Rangers and future ambitions

By The Real Fitbaw – @FitbawReal How does it feel to be back at Clyde after returning from Dunfermline? And was it an easy move to make from full-time in the Championship? “It feels great as I knew it would be. I have a very good relationship with the players, staff & supporters. Obviously itContinue reading “Tom Lang: Clyde, Rangers and future ambitions”

Why is Hollywood buying into football agencies?

By Tony Sharkey – @TransferForum5 Recent sales of some of the world’s biggest football agencies have started a trend. Jonathan Barnett sold Stellar to a firm based in Hollywood. Other agencies have been sold to large American concerns. We have also seen Roc Nation enter the UK football agency space. Whether you are an actor,Continue reading “Why is Hollywood buying into football agencies?”

Martin Cassidy: The reality of refereeing and the role of Ref Support U.K.

You are currently CEO and Founder of Ref Support. Could you please elaborate on your role? I worked at Wembley Stadium in the Referees department for the FA seven years and my role was to find the next generation of referees coming through to the top level and I left after not being happy withContinue reading “Martin Cassidy: The reality of refereeing and the role of Ref Support U.K.”

Jonathan Fortune on life at Charlton, Curbishley and his role as a football agent.

By James Rowe You retired from professional football in 2013. How is life for you these days and could you elaborate on your current role as agent with the Two Touch agency? “Retirement is never easy for any professional footballer because you are leaving something that you have adored doing since you were six, seven,Continue reading “Jonathan Fortune on life at Charlton, Curbishley and his role as a football agent.”

Peter Ramage: Newcastle, Sir Bobby and Indian Football

Listen to the FULL INTERVIEW here You came through the youth setup and went on to make appearances for the first team at Newcastle United. How do you look back on your time at the club and do you have any highlights or special memories? “I look back on my time at Newcastle United withContinue reading “Peter Ramage: Newcastle, Sir Bobby and Indian Football”

The Irish Premiership Preview of the Week

Dr. Grant Campbell of the ‘Campbell’s Footballs’ podcast (a.k.a. Stato) discusses his predictions and thoughts each week in the Danske Bank Premiership in Northern Ireland. Grant will provide his thoughts on the upcoming league matches and offers his predictions. Game week 4 Results – How did I fare? Matches Stato’s Predictions Actual scoreline Ballymena UnitedContinue reading “The Irish Premiership Preview of the Week”

Michael Doyle: Queens Park, Michael McGlinchey and ambitions at Hampden

By The Real Fitbaw – @FitbawReal You’ve joined Ray McKinnon at Queen’s Park this season. How did the move come around and how are you finding it so far? “Having already worked with the manager at Falkirk and enjoying my time under him there and also working with Laurie Ellis at Queen of the SouthContinue reading “Michael Doyle: Queens Park, Michael McGlinchey and ambitions at Hampden”

FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY

Not all the greats get what they deserve. Through the eyes of a wonderful line-up of writers, From the Jaws of Victory pays homage to club and international sides who captivated, inspired and astounded in equal measure, only to fall short of football’s biggest prizes. The destination of these stories may be the same, butContinue reading “FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY”

K League 2: It all comes down to the final day

Despite the delayed start to the K League 2 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the league has been exciting, energetic and hotly contested since matchday 1. Fast forward 119 games later and it is all to play for the four teams of Daejeon Hana Citizen, Seoul E-Land, Gyeongnam and Jeonnam Dragons to secure theContinue reading “K League 2: It all comes down to the final day”

The top 20 football films

By Callum McFadden – @CallumCFB 1. State of Play – Mike Calvin and BT Sport State of Play is a documentary film investigating the human stories of football with award-winning writer Michael Calvin who turns his eye to the biggest story of all – the game itself. From mental health to money, concussion to ChampionsContinue reading “The top 20 football films”