Video of the Week: Football, Fussball, Voetbal Part One

December 6, 2010


“This week’s Video Of The Week is a very special find from YouTube, the first part of the BBC’s 1995 documentary series on the history of European football, “Fussball, Football, Voetbal”. Recorded as part of the build-up to the 1996 European Championships, this two-parter, narrated by John Motson, traces the history of European club football, with the first episode coming at the subject from the point of view of British clubs, and the second from the point of view of some of the major continental powers. If you can get past the slightly oversentimental tone of some of it, it features one of the finest collections of archive footage of European football that can be seen in any single place. Our thanks go to the original uploader of this wonderful documentary series.” twohundredpercent


The curse of Manager of the Month

December 6, 2010

“We try and avoid the mainstream games as much as we can here at TBIR. You can pick up any newspaper and read a million different views on Carlos Tevez’s strop with Mancini, or that Arsene simply “didn’t see it”, but it is a bit harder to find the real details about the games that count. And that is why we have moved heaven and earth to sign up Mark Pitman to TBIR who will be bringing us the inside view on Port Talbot Town in the Welsh Premier League.” The Ball Is Round


Villarreal 1-0 Sevilla: Nilmar goal wins the game

December 6, 2010

“Villarreal produced a decent performance to remain ‘best of the rest’ in La Liga. Juan Carlos Garrido gave a rare start to Jose Manuel Catala at left-back ahead of Joan Capdevila. Marcos Senna started alongside Bruno Soriano in the centre of midfield, while Santi Cazorla started on the right, Cani on the left.” Zonal Marking


Boca finally win, and Vélez keep the heat on

December 6, 2010

“Boca Juniors at long last claimed another win on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat of Quilmes in La Bombonera. After recent talk of veterans – including on the Hand Of Pod – it was 20-year-old Cristian Erbes who got the only goal of the game midway through the second half. Elsewhere on Sunday, Vélez Sarsfield kept the pressure on Estudiantes with a 4-0 away tonking of Godoy Cruz. The hosts qualified for the 2011 Copa Libertadores all the same though, courtesy of Newell’s Old Boys dropping points in a 0-0 away draw to San Lorenzo. Highlights from these and the day’s other two games – a 3-1 win for Tigre over Huracán, and a 0-0 draw between Lanús and Independiente – are here right now, as are all the weekend’s scores and scorers.” Hasta El Gol Siempre


Two Teams in Hambure, Two HSV’s in the Bundesliga

December 6, 2010


“I have to confess I am mystified why it has taken me so long to pencil in a football weekend in Hamburg. If you want to dive head first into two distinct cultural differences of German football, it does not come more fascinating than Hamburg SV and FC St Pauli. My preconceptions of Hamburg SV were of a traditional club, whose loyal working class supporters regularly troop out to the modern out of city centre sports stadium, Imtech Arena. The club has never been relegated from the Bundesliga and there love for former player Kevin Keegan is only matched back in Newcastle.” Budget Airline Football

Fan Power and the Brown Revolution
“You might not know it, but there is a myth in Europe that FC St Pauli are marketing and PR geniuses. The self-styled punks of European football, symbolised by their skull and crossbones symbol, have never played a competitive match outside of Germany, nor have they played much football in the Bundesliga. Yet despite this, there is considerable interest in the boys in brown and specifically in their supporters.” In Bed With Maradona


The 1962/63 Season: When Winter Arriver and Didnt Budge

December 6, 2010

“Many of us spent last Saturday afternoon sitting at home with nothing better to do than watch “Carry On Camping” on the television, but recent winters have been some way off the worst of the lot. In this (slightly amended) article, first written for Twohundredpercent in December of last year after a similar white blanket covered the country, we took the chance to look back upon the 1962/63 season.” twohundredpercent.net


Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia: Real step it up after Albelda red card

December 6, 2010

“Two Cristiano Ronaldo goals gave Real an important three points at the Bernabeu. Jose Mourinho changed to a 4-3-3 system for this game, with Karim Benzema replaced with Lassana Diarra and Cristiano Ronaldo used as the lone forward. Ricardo Carvalho and Sergio Ramos were replaced by Raul Albiol and Alvaro Arbeloa at the back.” Zonal Marking