A perhaps a more palatable perspective sees "coming home" as an attempt to revive the feel-good enthusiasm of 1996. The Baddiel-Skinner-Brodie song "Three Lions" had just been penned as both a eulogy and call-to-arms for the England team. Sven-Goren Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello, Sam Allardyce, and Roy Hodgson all lay ahead in what became a desperate and increasingly expensive managerial conveyor belt. But in 1996 defeat to Germany on penalties in the Euro semi-finals felt, somehow, like fulfilling international destiny. Good, honest triers, always just coming up short. We could not have known then that the shambling centre-back who missed the vital spot kick would have our fragile hopes for 2018 resting squarely on his shoulders. … [Read more...] about England fans sing ‘football’s coming home’ – but where is ‘home’ really?
That's not the end of the story, as Ronaldo could potentially earn a staggering €60 million in case he achieves both the individual award as well as the European club title. Such an amount is mind boggling for a 34-year old athlete. This season, Ronaldo along with Messi, are competing for the most coveted Ballon d'Or. So far, both of them have won the accolade 5 times each. … [Read more...] about Ronaldo may surpass Messi to become highest earning Footballer
Increasingly, attention is on young people who may have suffered a similar fate. Jo Cornell of Rancho Bernardo is suing Pop Warner football for brain damage that afflicted her son, Tyler. After years of battling mental illness, he committed suicide as a young adult. A later examination of his brain showed he suffered from CTE. … [Read more...] about Tackle ban: Is it protecting kids vs. the football ‘way of life’?
A group of women made their way 320 metres below sea level at the Dead Sea to set the world record on Thursday for the lowest-altitude football match ever played. The feat in Jordan comes less than a year after many in the same squad broke the Guinness World Record for highest-altitude football game played — at 5,714 metres on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. … [Read more...] about Footballers go low to set world record match at Dead Sea
"If he can approach his mentor's level of performance, we'll be great (laughs). It's hard for me to speak for the guys in the '90s who knew him, but I hope they're real excited. I was pretty much a Riley guy until probably the Minnesota game, and then I gave up, but I don't think they realize how bad of shape Bo left us in, both psychologically and otherwise. I'm also of the opinion it will take five, six, seven years if you really want to turn it around. But I'm like everyone else, I hope he's the right guy." … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Football Power Index projects another losing season for Husker football