The Pool, The Keeper and His Teammate’s Wife

You will probably have worked out by now the 1982 World Cup is my favourite of the eleven tournaments I have witnessed so far....
Everton 1972

Everton 1972: It Pays To Be Honest…

March 1972, Everton are away to Manchester United, the result was a scoreless draw – I can sense you're already asking, what on earth...
Jack Charlton

The Charlton Years Part 4: How Big Jack’s Old School Methods Took Ireland To...

This is the concluding piece in a four-part series. For those reading this series for the first time, here are Parts 1, 2 and...

Belgium’s Maiden World Cup Voyage

Let me take you on a journey to a time before dabbing was a thing, before changing room selfies plagued our Twitter feeds and...
Jack Charlton

The Charlton Years Part 3: How Big Jack’s Old School Methods Took Ireland To...

For those reading this series for the first time, here are Parts 1 and 2. Part 3: Not Men But GiantsThe 1990 World Cup is...
Canada 1986 World Cup

Canuck Kick-Off: Canada’s World Cup Debut at ’86

As confirmed recently, a bid by the US, Mexico and Canada to joint-host the FIFA World Cup in 2026 was successful ahead of a...
Togo World Cup 2006

Togo Or Not To Go

In late 2005 Togo sealed qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was a remarkable achievement for the tiny African nation with...

World Cup 1982 Day-by-Day: Day Twenty-Two: The Final: Italy and Rossi Redeemed

Sunday 11th July 1982 FINAL, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid. (20:00)ITALY   (0)   3   (Rossi 57, Tardelli 69, Altobelli 81)WEST GERMANY   (0)   1   (Breitner 83)Italy: Zoff; Gentile,...

World Cup 1982 – Day-by-Day. Day Twenty-One. Third Place Match. Poles Victorious

DAY TWENTY-ONE Saturday 10th July 1982THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF, Estadio Jose Rico Perez, Alicante. (20:00)FRANCE   (1)   2   (Girard 13, Couriol 73)POLAND   (2)   3   (Szarmach 41, Majewski...

World Cup 1982 – Day-by-Day. Semi-Final Day. The Drama of Seville. Rossi Aye The...

DAY TWENTY Thursday 8th July 1982SEMI-FINAL, Estadio Nou Camp, Barcelona. (17:15)ITALY   (1)   2   (Rossi 22, 72)POLAND   (0)   0 Italy: Zoff; Bergomi, Scirea, Collovati, Cabrini; Tardelli,...