Romanian Land Grab

Romanian football bears the stamp of a sporting movement pilloried by a generation or more of the most egregiously infectious corruption. The passage of time has sugared the pill a little – the match-fixing practices that spawned semi-legal cartels in the chaos that followed the collapse of communism have eased…

Cyprus: Island Games

Rarely throughout the winding story of modern football, that great social tranquilizer that can whip the sting from a generation of national unrest with one blast of a FIFA-branded whistle, has much been made of the role that the game has played amongst divided populations. When the going gets tough…

Rising tensions between Poland and Lithuania leads to grassroot unity campaign

Polish taunting of ethnic Lithuanians at last month’s Europa League qualifying match between Lech Poznan and Zalgiris Vilnius in Poland was to most observers little more than a symptom of the increasingly fractious relations between the two countries, albeit on a more internationally conspicuous stage than the usual diplomatic discourtesies…

Home From Home

The bottom end of the League Two table in May 2013 could have provided the definitive case study of the cultural and financial impact of small businesses that fail to adapt to shifting landscapes. Two of the bottom five could be said to be working from blueprints drawn up in…

Day Tripper

When Spencer Day leads out his Farnborough side in the Blue Square Southern Conference against Barrow on Saturday he will join a small and exclusive club. Following a deal this week that saw a consortium led by Day haul the club out of administration the Boro manager will become one…

Five Managerial Disasters

The public eye is littered with examples of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some, of course, have greatness thrust upon them. Then there are the others. Those who clamour after disaster, become skilled in seeking it out and spend entire careers writhing under its fitful influence.…