Back in 2012, the Spanish Football Association were on top of the footballing world. La Liga was booming with the glamorous and expensive football likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish national team had just won the Euro 2012 and were being considered “ The greatest football team Of all time” by various footballing […] READ MORE
Tag: Euro 2012
The Two Faces of Mario Balotelli
Pirlo’s ball fell to the left wing against the run of play. Cassano was pressured by Hummels in the German defense but was able to get around him. His ball into the middle was a good one and deserved the finish it received from the head of Mario Ballotelli. Not too long after Italy was […] READ MORE
Pirlo the Key to an Italian Victory Over Spain
*Editor’s Note: We would like to welcome Mitchell Tierney to the writing team at LastWordOnSports. Mitchell is an avid fan of international football and hockey* After the 2010 World Cup in South Africa it seemed that the international career of then 31-year old Italian Midfielder Andrea Pirlo had come to a disheartening conclusion. Pirlo and […] READ MORE
Cole and Ronaldo, Scapegoats Extraordinaire?
I’m not sure where you are, but around here school is letting out for the summer. Teachers are rejoicing, parents are scared. But as a teacher who happens to have two kids, what is it that I’m supposed to feel? As I kicked back with a pint watching Italy take England’s midfield to school, I […] READ MORE
Has Racism Reached a Boiling Point at Euro 2012?
Soccer is a beautiful game. Let me rephrase that – soccer could be a beautiful game, if fans were to refrain from racist gestures, slurs, and chants. The Euro 2012 tournament has been fantastic so far and I have no doubt that it will continue to provide more entertaining soccer in the games to come. […] READ MORE
Must Roy Hodgson Start Rooney Against Ukraine?
Yes. Simply, yes. From our perspective the debate has less to do with whether the England Manager must start Rooney, but rather which bunker he would retreat to if he chooses not to. Hodgson has come forward and revealed that Wayne Rooney will likely get the nod next Tuesday versus Ukraine in what is a […] READ MORE
Is Tottenham Sinking Fast Before the Season Even Starts?
The wire is a-buzz with news that Harry Redknapp has left the Spurs after four years at White Hart Lane. Spurs Chairman, Daniel Levy, is said to have met with the disgruntled Redknapp on Wednesday to discuss his future with the club, and at that meeting they agreed to part ways. This could very well […] READ MORE
Current and Former French Internationals Take Aim at England
“We are frustrated because I think we played much better. At times it was like there were 15 bodies in front of us. It was really difficult to find space. People laugh but they played the way that Chelsea played against Barcelona. Maybe the fans want England to play more football but if they win […] READ MORE
From Cubs to Lions: How England is Breeding the Next Generation
“I think Wayne Rooney showed all those years ago that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough. And I think Oxlade-Chamberlain showed tonight that he’s good enough for this level.” ~ Steven Gerrard Who wasn’t impressed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain versus France yesterday? Okay, I concede he has to learn to finish, but what he […] READ MORE
Oh, to be Roy Hodgson Today
“This is the top job in English football but I’m not naive enough to think it will all be plain sailing.” ~Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson has his work cut out for him. Isn’t that the understatement of the year. When Hodgson was plucked from West Brom, who were rightly very sorry to see the man who […] READ MORE