Category Archive: Football

2014 World Cup the perfect warm-up to Rio 2016

When you think back to the joy and euphoria that accompanied London 2012, it is safe to say that the people of Brazil really are going to be spoiled for the next few years.

The general public can scarcely start to think about the possibility of hosting the Olympic Games yet. After all, there is the small matter of the football World Cup to enjoy first. read more »

Team GB football: almost one year on

I was walking to my local shop earlier this week when I saw something I hadn’t seen for some team: a Team GB Olympic football shirt.

The gentleman wearing it appeared to be working up quite a sweat on his bicycle – perhaps a Team GB cycling kit would have been more appropriate – so it is safe to say that it’s not exactly his Sunday best.

Will it be worth his while keeping it? After all, the prospects of a Team GB Olympic team are somewhere between remote and slim, especially in the case of the men’s team.

Although the kit was mass produced, I didn’t see vast quantities of them being worn at the time. Perhaps they didn’t sell as many as most modern football kits. Perhaps the rarity of the occasion coupled with a future rarity of the shirt might add some value.

Then again, the Olympic football tournament never really captured the imagination of the British public. Sure, we wished Ryan Giggs and co well, but the flat atmosphere in the stadium and the flat performances from the team were indicative of the fact that this was a rag-tag bunch thrown together at short notice, expected to get to know each other and build a team in a very short space of time.

It was probably also indicative of the fact that the tournament was not as important as the Premier League or Champions League to those involved, and we knew it.

With that in mind, how could there ever be as much emotion attached as we afforded the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis? We knew they were performing on the biggest stage of their lives.

On that basis, perhaps the London 2012 Team GB football shirt won’t become a collector’s item and won’t be sought after in the future. There is little to suggest that it will.

So, when the gentleman on the bike has had enough of cycling in his Team GB top, my advice would be to sell your old sports shirt to musicMagpie. It’ll probably be worth more that way.

Two of the stars of the Team GB squad for last summer’s London 2012 Olympic Games go into the final game of the Premier League season knowing only one of them will be playing in next year’s Champions League competition.

Great Britain midfielder Aaron Ramsey – an integral part of Stuart Pearce’s squad last summer – and his Arsenal team-mates are in the box-seat. They go to Newcastle United for their last fixture with their destiny in their own hands. A win against the Magpies will guarantee Champions League football next season for Arsene Wenger’s side.

According to the bookies, that’s exactly what will happen. The match odds at Unibet have the Gunners as 1/2 favourites to beat Alan Pardew’s out-of-form team and continue their unbroken streak of Champions League qualifications to 14 seasons. read more »

Match preview: Chelsea vs Brentford (FA Cup fourth round replay)

Spain’s London 2012 Olympic football star Juan Mata will be expected to lead the charge as Premier League side Chelsea attempt to see off League One Brentford at the second time of asking.

The playmaker has made just nine FA Cup appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge. In those games, he has had a hand in no fewer than 10 goals, scoring four and claiming an assist on another six.

After a 2-2 draw at Underhill, the two teams meet in a fourth round replay this Sunday as most of the other teams still in the competition play their fifth round ties. read more »