Euro 2024

Albania’s Dusseldorf day out sees Spanish victory but a proud nation steal the show

June 24 – Once again they came in their thousands, this time perhaps more in hope than expectation, turning the Dusseldorf Arena into a deafening cauldron of noise.

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No more Scotland, no more party. Hungary send the Tartan Army home

June 23 – In a final group game that took a nasty head injury to seemingly spark it into life with 25 minutes to play, Hungary shattered the impressive and vocal Tartan Army’s dreams with a goal in the 10th minute of added time to win 1-0.

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FIFA suspension forces Tanzanian government intervention


By Mark Baber
February 27 – In the wake of the Tanzanian government’s declaration that the 2012 Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) constitution was adopted in contravention of Tanzanian law, the TFF President, Leodegar Tenga (pictured), has called for an emergency Executive Committee meeting on Saturday in Dar es Salaam to discuss the way forward.

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ESPN licks its wounds and exits UK with BT Vision sale

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By Paul Nicholson
February 26 – US broadcaster ESPN’s long awaited arrival into the UK television market was launched on the back of Premier League football rights. Its exit from the market, confirmed yesterday, comes following the loss of those same Premier League rights – such is the make-or-break power of the English league in the pay TV market.

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[b]Osasu Obayiuwana:[/b] What makes a champion?


“Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. BUT THE WILL MUST BE STRONGER THAN THE SKILL” – Muhammad Ali.

African football, with its wealth and depth of talent, undoubtedly has the skill to conquer the game’s steep summit – the World Cup –

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Inside Insight: As straight as an Arabian dagger…the race for the AFC presidency

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The Asian Football Confederation, AFC, is trying one more time to get its house in order. After a dismal era under an omni(im)potent Peter Velappan (a GenSec who played president for far too long), a man with an often particular management style took over the helm: Mohamed bin Hammam was in charge, and in ways that widened many a nostril. What he created, at times against crude opposition, is a more functioning and more modern organisation in terms of competitions,

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Corinthians protest flare death bans


By Mark Baber
February 25 – Corinthians are appealing the penalties imposed by CONMEBOL on the club after the tragic death of 14-year-old Bolivian fan Kevin Beltran Espada, who was struck by a flare allegedly thrown by travelling Corinthians supporters.

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