Northern Irish Footballers Who Played For United States of America

Northern Irish Footballers Who Played For The United States of America

“All these places feel like home” – Snow Patrol. This weekend sees, remarkably the first ever match at full men’s level between Northern Ireland and the United States of America. Down the years, it is hard to fathom that these two countries have never met before. It’s a staggering statistic for a football geek like Read more about Northern Irish Footballers Who Played For The United States of America[…]

Maradona has Burruchaga to his left and Valdano to his left. He doesn't use them. He won't need any of them. You have to say that's magnificent.

Maradona has Burruchaga to his left and Valdano to his left. He doesn’t use them. He won’t need any of them. You have to say that’s magnificent.

“His taints and honours; waged equal with him” – William Shakespeare. The curtain falls in the city of Buenos Aires. Tears flood the streets and a city mourns in heavenly rest. And you know why it does. DAM. Diego Armando Maradona. Modern day wannabes Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo simply don’t even come close. Diego Read more about Maradona has Burruchaga to his left and Valdano to his left. He doesn’t use them. He won’t need any of them. You have to say that’s magnificent.[…]

Countries That Have Won The World Cup

Today I thought I would publish a list of countries that have won the World Cup since the official FIFA tournament began in 1930. Down the years I have been to 4 World Cups, not including the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. I actually attended quite a few Milk Cups from around 1992 – 1997, Read more about Countries That Have Won The World Cup[…]

Argentina in 1946 - Champions of South America

Backpacking Football Geek: Who Won the 1946 World Cup?

“Schillaci, 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[…]

Doing the Maradona at the Hand of God end! Mexico City.

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[…]

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