English football from a Norwegian view

English football from a Norwegian view

English football is almost as a religion i Norway and it has been like that for decades. When I was a young boy I remember watching teams like Forest, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool and Leeds, among others, battle it out on my grandfathers old TV. It was great and it was exciting but more important: it gave me a hobby for life and a lifelong interest. And that is just not me! Just to make a comparison before I move …
The England Debate: Part One | Fixing Grassroots Football

The England Debate: Part One | Fixing Grassroots Football

If you have paid any attention to the recently widespread discussion regarding the future of the England national team, you will understand that the outlook looks fairly bleak unless everybody involved within football in this country joins together to help implement big changes. The Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke gave a speech last week, detailing how drastic steps need to be taken in order to improve England’s nurturing of young talent and has set the huge target of reaching …
The Fall of English Football and The FA's Fight

The Fall of English Football and The FA's Fight

Greg Dyke’s keynote speech concerned with the condition of the “English” Premier League and the national team could not go unnoticed. From drawing our attention to the ignored but obvious, to making attractive points and arguments, to drawing sensationalist targets – he has reopened a debate on the foreign nature of the Premier League and its consequences for the national team’s future achievements. Central to the statement was what Dyke referred to as a “frightening trend” in which the Premier …
Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson retires as Manchester United manager

With the dignity and professionalism that epitomised his lifelong career in football be it both as a player and as a manager, Sir Alex Ferguson this morning announced his retirement from football aged 71 with the Scot's final game being away at West Bromwich Albion on May 19th. Sir Alex Ferguson having just secured Manchester United's 20th league title and the 13th in the Premier League era told his players this morning that he would be retiring at the end of …