Embarrassing and predictable, England bow out of the Euros

As the dust settles on yet another lacklustre and timid display from the choking Three Lions, England have bowed out of Europe for the second time in a week. It’s rightly cost Roy Hodgson his job and questions are now being raised regarding the position of captain Wayne Rooney. I hereby throw my name forward for England head coach – I can’t do a much worse job than what we’ve seen for the last 4 years, and I’ll do it for a fraction of the £3.5 million a year that Hodgson rakes in. Continue reading

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Euro 2016 Gameweek 1: The good, the bad and the hooliganism.

So this is Euro 2016, then. The first round of fixtures has been completed quicker than you can say Mark Pougatch, yet plenty has happened.

Discussed in this piece: The opening night of the tournament and one of the best goals it has seen so far. And hooliganism, too. Also, as seen on Left Back Twitter, 140-word match reports of the games from this opening round of matches. Continue reading

Interview: Panini Cheapskates

For lifelong football fans, the phrase “got, got, need” is likely to be a familiar one, closely tied with the care that was given to placing these sticky, rectangular collectibles within the boundaries of their destined space. Panini’s sticker books have assisted fans’ enthusiasm for the summer’s international tournaments since the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, but along with the cost of housing, tuition fees and the more commonly used financial comparison of Freddo Frogs, the prices of football stickers have risen over time. Continue reading