I think I’ve gone off soccer – 58 years after starting to follow United.

There are lots of good things about growing old. Firstly, of course, is the old cliché about it beating the alternative. But there are lots of bad things about it too. And among the worst of them is the tendency of old people – like me – to blather on about how things were much … Continue reading I think I’ve gone off soccer – 58 years after starting to follow United.

Any European league which doesn’t include the Archies cannot call itself “Super.”

I am furious. No, it’s worse than that. I am outraged. I cannot believe that frauds who are setting up this so called “European Super League” have not been exposed. Indeed, I am surprised they have not been dragged from their beds and hung, drawn, quartered, whipped, water boarded and before before finally being beheaded, … Continue reading Any European league which doesn’t include the Archies cannot call itself “Super.”

Soccer 2021. The ten things today’s players are told to do.

I have been given a highly secret document which emanated from one of the top soccer clubs in Europe. It details the ten things that the club’s players have to learn how to do if they want to have successful careers and if they want to win trophies. And here they are: 1 If you … Continue reading Soccer 2021. The ten things today’s players are told to do.

Co-commentators. It’s got so bad that when I’m listening to a match on the radio, I turn down the sound

I like to watch sport on television. I’d prefer it live. But even before Covid, my days of going to see Ireland in Lansdowne Road or Leinster in the RDS were coming to an end because of my own health difficulties. So it’s the telly for me. I love rugby. I like soccer. But both … Continue reading Co-commentators. It’s got so bad that when I’m listening to a match on the radio, I turn down the sound

…And the Oscar for the best faked injury of the season goes to … NEYMAR!

I am old and cranky. I know. I don’t need to be told. But while I recognise that many modern developments are brilliant, there are those I just can’t stand. Like this one. Blogging. Twitter. Facebook. But here I am. I could list 100 things around today that weren’t around in my youth that I … Continue reading …And the Oscar for the best faked injury of the season goes to … NEYMAR!

How much time do today’s soccer players spend practising their dives and pretending to be injured?

How much time do professional football players spend practising their diving and feigning injury? I watch a lot of rugby. Eighteen stone men crashing into each other at full speed. Guys and girls in full flight, brought down by a tackle or a hand trip. The occasional bang of an elbow or a shoulder resulting … Continue reading How much time do today’s soccer players spend practising their dives and pretending to be injured?