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- England exit in confusion
- Marvellous month for Wales
- Portugal: teamwork triumphs
- From Bilic to Shearer: TV analysed
- Eye witness accounts
- Taking on Europe in 1973

WSC Survey ~ have your say on the state of the game

Another major international tournament has been and gone, which means it’s time for you to have your say on the state of the game in the 2016 WSC Survey – and maybe win a WSC T-shirt

Badge of the week ~ ASF Andrézieux-Bouthéon

ASFFish150“The fish in the castle” is a very old French phrase. If you said to someone French “It was very much the fish in the castle”, they would instantly know what you meant...

Book review ~ Boys Of 66

352 BoysOne of the recurring themes of this volume to commemorate the 50th anniversary of England’s sole international triumph is how relatively little was made of it at the time...

Book review ~ Eibar The Brave

352 EibarThe Eibar story is de facto a wonderful one, easy pickings for a half-decent author. Euan McTear, an ardent young blogger now resident in Belfast, had dabbled with journalism in Scotland and then spent time in Barcelona...

Spain Under-21 own goal

Book review ~ American Huckster

353 HucksterChuck Blazer: the Father Christmas lookalike whose weight had mushroomed to 450lbs by the time the FBI and the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) nobbled him on the Manhattan pavement in November 2011

Book review ~ Mister by Rory Smith

353 MisterMister is the story of England’s (and its coaches’) role as a football missionary, spreading the gospel across the continent and beyond until the point when the pupils overtake the master – and keep going until the latter is a mere dot in the distance

Book review ~ When We Were Lions

353 LionsThere’s something oddly masochistic about our ongoing desire to wallow in massive disappointments. This book may well be one too, for those attracted by the title: 311 pages long, its Euro 96 coverage ends on page 189

Charlton announcer steps down to join protests

CharltonProtestGettyDave Lockwood has been at The Valley for 24 years but wants rid of Roland Duchatelet

Book review ~ Hillsborough Voices

353 HillsboroughThere are many horrific disclosures in the testimonies that make up this book. But perhaps the most shocking is that, of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough, as many as 58 could have survived had the correct procedures been in place

Millwall fans denied entry by Man City win complaint

ManCityEtihadGettySupporters were attending Etihad as neutrals after match against Oldham postponed

Löw’s doubters get louder after lacklustre Euros


Germany’s five semi-finals in a row and a World Cup have not placated a vocal section critics

Zlatan arrival sparks Man Utd sales spike in Sweden

ZlatanManUtdGettySwedish travel agencies selling up to five times as many package deals to Old Trafford

“Germany played, France won” and nation celebrates

FranceSemiFinalGettyEchoes of 1998 World Cup after Didier Deschamps instills winning mentality

Unpopular Portugal put substance before style

PortugalRonaldoPepeGettyCristiano Ronaldo has found new ways to influence the Seleção despite his poor form

Emotions of watching Euro 2016 from a Glasgow sofa

Euro2016TVGettyFor the armchair viewer the tournament has been a mixture of pain and pleasure

Germany can banish both doubters and “Italian curse”

GermanyItaly2006GettyJogi Löw’s team have never beaten Italy in a major international tournament


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