Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy May 14 1988 started out as a really good day. The sun was shining, I was 15-years-old and on my way to Wembley Stadium to watch Liverpool win the FA Cup. The result was a no brainer. Liverpool, the crème de la crème of English football versus Wimbledon. The Crazy Gang. Liverpool was a team packed with talent. Barnes, Beardsley, Houghton and Hansen. Wimbledon was a team packed with thugs, Vinnie Jones, Andy Thorn, Dennis Wise and some other players no one had ever heard of. Liverpool would win. They had to win, they were the better team. They could not possible lose. They lost. By one goal to nil. My dream day turned into a nightmare. The train journey back north was solemn to say the least. But you know what? Thirty plus years later, this final will still be remembered as one of the greatest in FA Cup history. Not because of the game itself, that was awful, but because it reminded the world of the beauty of the FA Cup. Fast forward to … [Read more...] about Klopp flops in the FA Cup but does it really matter?
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Video PUBLISHED: 17:41 05 January 2019 | UPDATED: 19:21 05 January 2019 Stuart Watson Freddie Sears covers his face after missing another second half chance at Accrington Stanley Picture Pagepix Pagepix Ltd.07976 935738 Ipswich Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle yet again courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at League One side Accrington Stanley this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his thoughts. Freddie Sears is denied by a second half block at Accrington Stanley Picture PagepixA NEW LOWAccrington Stanley, who are they? The team that inflicted yet more FA Cup misery – actually, scrap that, just misery – on Ipswich Town.For the ninth successive season, the Blues have been dumped out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle. That’s now 13 games without a victory in the world famous competition. It’s the fourth time they’ve been dumped out by lower league opposition.That unwanted run in the tournament is not guaranteed to … [Read more...] about Stu says: Five observations following Ipswich Town’s 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup
World Russia 2018 World Cup Vladimir Putin Soccer Russian Politics Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud and happy, by his own admission. For a month, he has watched as his country hosted the biggest party in the world, as hundreds of thousands of people from over 32 nations paid a boisterous visit to Moscow, St. Petersburg and nine other cities. As Putin hands over the role of host to Qatar, the Kremlin is left to reap the rewards of a job well done, but also to deal with the risks of Russians who will not want to see the party end. The gains for Putin and Russia are already visible. Images of South American fans dancing at the walls of the Kremlin, footage of Japanese and Senegalese fans endearingly tidying their stands, and fans from across Western Europe following their teams across Russia without major risks from infamous ultras or harassment have become have been the focus of much social media coverage during the tournament. Russia’s tourism board expects to cash in … [Read more...] about The World Cup Is Over, but Has Vladimir Putin Come Out the Big Winner?
Combining a sturdy favorite with a resilient outsider, the 2018 FIFA World Cup final epitomizes the tournament’s prevailing narrative. It’s been a month of shocks and surprises that might still end with a traditional powerhouse winning the trophy. France vs. Croatia kicks off Sunday at 11 a.m. EST. For Bostonians looking to embrace the cultural experience, there are plenty of local bars and venues to choose from. Oddsmakers have established France as the favorites, though Croatia — as England learned in the semifinal — are not to be underestimated. The Croatians arrive in the final (a first in their history) after playing three straight extra-time games, two of which were won on penalty kicks. For France, it’s Les Bleus’ third World Cup final after winning the tournament on home soil in 1998 and losing to Italy in 2006. France and Croatia have clashed on the World Cup stage before, doing so in epic circumstances. In 1998, with France … [Read more...] about Croatian scandal, eclipsing Pele, and politics as usual: What to know about the World Cup final
Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post Published 7:47 am PDT, Thursday, July 12, 2018 ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Ahead of the World Cup semifinals, there was a fair amount of European crowing over the continental identity of the final four teams - France, Belgium, England and Croatia. So much for the threat posed by Asia, which despite its vastness and riches remains a soccer minnow. So much for the challenge from Africa, resigned again to hope for a glorious future rather than a triumphant present. So much for the titans of South America, whose pedigree and star power fizzled in the face of ruthless European tactics. French President Emmanuel Macron cheered in the stands during his country's matchup with Belgium on Tuesday. Mick Jagger, an inveterate British icon, flew out to watch England lose to Croatia the following evening in Moscow. The all-European semifinals even prompted NATO to issue a celebratory tweet from its gleaming new headquarters in Brussels, hailing a … [Read more...] about The World Cup is a victory for the immigrant dream