Football in Peru – Los Incas´ 2010 Hopes Shot Down by Uruguay

If ever you are to read a Lonely Planet guidebook for information on a particular country, you will find a section titled ´National Psyche´ that essentially tries to capture the general mindset of a population of millions. In the most recent guide to Peru, the people are described amongst other things as ´stoic´ ´humorous´and full […]

The Reggaeton So Loud, The Screen So Small

Out here in Trinidad, Cuba, the excitement for Sunday’s big game is tangible. People’s eyes light up when the subject is touched upon. Wild gestures and outlandish curses are passionately and freely flung about whenever the match is mentioned, such is the intensity of debate. Nobody dare miss it. Its going to be huge. The […]

God Bless ESPN Deportes

The wooden gate is flung invitingly open. Through the iron grilles of an old colonial style house I spy something that looks suspiciously like a football pitch projected onto a TV screen. A large green mass with dots on it – some in white, some in red. The dots shift around, as though chasing something. […]

A Change of Direction – The Football World From My Window

The 2007/2008 European football season is over. Manchester United conquered Europe, winning their domestic league and also the Champions League 50 years after the Munich Air Disaster, beating Chelsea on penalties on a dramatic night in Moscow. Real Madrid retained their trophy in a La Liga that, for many, failed to satisfy – at the […]

Manchester United – Champions of Europe 2008

Highlights of a dramatic European Cup final as Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The win secured United’s third European Cup triumph in their history. Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard had scored first half-goals in normal time, but with the scores level after 90 minutes, and then 120 […]

Cardiff City vs Portsmouth – The FA Cup Final 2008

What a time to meet. Under the arch of Wembley, Cardiff City and Portsmouth will be introduced to one another on one of the biggest stages in English football later as they go head-to-head in what is their first ever FA Cup meeting. And it just happens to be the final. This most unexpected of […]

Photo, Shoot – 15.5.2008 – Giggsy Kisses An Old Friend

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs reacquaints himself with the Premier League crown as his late goal in the 2-0 United win over Wigan Athletic at the JJB Stadium secures the Red Devils’ 17th league title on the final day of the season. Giggs, the most decorated footballer in United’s history, lifts the trophy for the […]