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,...

World Cup 1982 – Day-by-Day. Day Nineteen. Game of the Century & England Go...

DAY NINETEEN Monday 5th July 1982GROUP C, Estadio Sarria, Barcelona. (17:15)BRAZIL   (1)   2   (Socrates 12, Falcao 68)ITALY   (2)   3   (Rossi 5, 25, 75)Brazil: Waldir; Leandro,...
Graham Poll

Referee! Five British referees at the World Cup 1962-2010

With the World Cup around the corner and no British referees involved for the first time in 80 years, I take a look at...

World Cup 1982: Day-by-Day, Day Eighteen: Dream is over for Irish, Poles Vault...

DAY EIGHTEEN Sunday 4th July 1982GROUP D, Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid. (17:15)FRANCE   (1)   4   (Giresse 33, 80, Rocheteau 47, 68)NORTHERN IRELAND   (0)   1   (Armstrong 75)France:...
Jack Charlton

The Charlton Years Part 2: How Big Jack’s old school methods took Ireland to...

You can read Part 1 of this series here. Part 2: A nation holds its breath Having qualified for their first ever major tournament in the...
Jackson Martinez

Jackson Martinez: Prolific in Porto, Expendable at Evergrande

During recent seasons, the elevation of the stature of player in which the Chinese Super League has been attracting is remarkable. Still an underdeveloped...