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Backpacking Football Geek: Who Won the 1946 World Cup?

“Schillachi, yes….it’s that man again” – British TV commentator, 1990. My ubiquitous love affair with football dates back to the 1980s. I was a kid in the Northern Irish seaside resort of Bangor with a green international football shirt, a green and white ball and a passion for everything football. The 1982 and 1986 World Read more about Backpacking Football Geek: Who Won the 1946 World Cup?[…]

Backpacking Football Geek: Who Won the 1942 World Cup?

“Mussolini hangs from a butcher’s hook” – Richey James Edwards. I love the World Cup. It is the most magnificent tournament in the world. It is the reason I fell in love with travel and football all in one. Mexico 86. I had the Panini sticker album, my Dad bought me a Northern Ireland scarf, Read more about Backpacking Football Geek: Who Won the 1942 World Cup?[…]

My 100 Top Football Moments From 100 Countries

“Gerry Armstrong, what a worker he is” – John Motson. In February 2020, when I hit country 186 on my personal list of recognised separate states, one of my priorities was to watch a football match there. That country was Lesotho and I arrived into the capital city Maseru ready for the big match. That Read more about My 100 Top Football Moments From 100 Countries[…]

My Top 10 Football Stadiums From My First 100 Countries

As we travel to countries torn apart by war (past or current), let’s not forget that football is the people’s game, the one happy medium from my journeys through a century of countries. Football brings the people together and in most cases, it acts as some kind of peaceful entity between people. Anyone who has Read more about My Top 10 Football Stadiums From My First 100 Countries[…]

Hand of God and Mexico 86 Memories: Visiting Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Here goes. This is a big one. A big one for me personally. Every single time I hear the mention of Maradona, Norman Whiteside, Jose Batista, Joel Bats etc. I get inspired. The 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico were my first major childhood memory. Northern Ireland qualified. We punched well above our weight, defying Read more about Hand of God and Mexico 86 Memories: Visiting Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico[…]

15 Different Places I watched the World Cup Knockout Matches

You may have read my post on 41 places I watched the World Cup first round matches. This is the sequel and the final part as my journey round South America took me to a few more places on my travels as I attempted to catch up and keep up with the knockout stages of Read more about 15 Different Places I watched the World Cup Knockout Matches[…]

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41 Different Places That I Have Watched World Cup 2014 So Far

The World Cup is just crazy. As a massive football fan, it’s taken me 34 years to finally make it to a World Cup and see the atmosphere for real in Brazil 2014 and it’s just incredible. However I have been on the move a lot and so far I have watched the World Cup Read more about 41 Different Places That I Have Watched World Cup 2014 So Far[…]

Top 6 Things To Do At Brazilian Airports During the World Cup (unrelated to flights)

Having lived out my childhood dream of being in Brazil for the World Cup this month, I’ve been doing a mixture of watching football, partying, travelling, working, backpacking, transiting, writing, sleeping and I have ended up spending a fair bit of time in airports in Brazil (4 airport visits so far and maybe 4 more Read more about Top 6 Things To Do At Brazilian Airports During the World Cup (unrelated to flights)[…]

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