That Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace could appoint a coach of Julian Stéphan’s calibre was, in itself, an indication of the extent to which the side from eastern France have grown increasingly comfortable with their rediscovered Ligue 1 status. Stéphan, son of Guy, replaced the outgoing Thierry Laurey in May. The change felt decidedly timely … Continue reading Derby win provides Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace and Julian Stéphan with nascent vindication
Back-to-back defeats prompted a wrong turn down memory lane for Juventus supporters. In Naples, they had been completely outfought, outthought and outmanoeuvred after they lost 2-1 to Luciano Spalletti’s resurgent Napoli. It triggered a stark warning from Leonardo Bonucci in their press conference prior to the midweek trip at Malmö. Bonucci told the Italian media, … Continue reading Allegri’s limp return is a health warning for the Old Lady
Twisting and turning, aching and groaning, knees burning; Atlético de Madrid finally came round the ultimate bend in last season’s title race with nothing more to give. Every last life had been used, every slice of fortune pawned away and all of their reserves exhausted. Even while toting a double-digit lead earlier in the season, … Continue reading Atlético de Madrid’s evolving place at LaLiga’s top table
On this week's podcast Gavin and Owen picked out a team of the best Scottish teenage footballers right now. The side is outlined below, click the link in the tweet above to hear the podcast for more detail about the playing style of each and the thinking behind our selection.
Imagine this: you have a football competition that is beloved by millions, it brings in lots of fans and the competition provides moments that live long in the memory. Everything seems to be going well. But then a small group of teams see that they could make more money by breaking away and forming an … Continue reading A Fight for the Soul of Football
As I write, we are deep into the latest Covid shutdown for the lower and non-leagues of Scotland, information is still quite unclear over what will happen with a resumption. At the time, with numbers rising and the majority of teams below the Championship part-time, it almost seemed inevitable that football being suspended was going … Continue reading Who Cares?
On Monday 11th January, all football from below the Championship was suspended for a three-week period. A month and a half later, there are no signs of a return. With a huge lack of communication leaving many people pulling their hair out, it is hard to quite pinpoint the real reason that many teams are … Continue reading Is the suspension of the lower leagues justified?
The Caledonian Braves are a club like no other. Previously plying their trade in the South of Scotland and Lowland leagues as Edusport Academy, Scotland’s youngest senior club were formed in 2019, as part of the innovative fan led Our Football Club campaign, which gave supporters from across the world the opportunity to buy in … Continue reading “The sky’s the limit” for Caledonian Braves
From fans dripping in Sergio Tacchini and Adidas Sambas through to Everton’s Dominic Calvert Lewin and Tom Davies popping up at the New York Fashion Week, fashion and football have been closely intertwined since those first Casuals burst on to the scene in the late 70s. Fuelled by the likes of Copa90, Mundial, and Scotland’s … Continue reading Back to the Future: The Rise of Retro