Machiavelli & Mourinho

This is the first in a series of posts attempting to explain football through international relations theory; or international relations theory through football; or drawing tenuous links between both. Jorge Valdano may have left Real Madrid but Jose Mourinho will continue to provoke his employers and opponents, and succeed. I am not so convinced that…

The fan experience: Liverpool v Napoli 4/11/2010

This was my second game back at Anfield since I came back to the UK.  I had asked my uncle which of the two games he would rather go to, he chose Napoli.  I hadn’t been for nearly 5 years and although I knew I was due to go to the Napoli game with my uncle,…

Babel: a Moneyball departure…?

There has been a lot of analysis and speculation as to which kind of players Liverpool will now attempt to sign as they come to the end of the first transfer window under the ownership of the Fenway Sports Group.  Luis Suarez and Charlie Adam seem to be prime candidates, although both Ajax and Blackpool…

DR-CAFTA & Costa Rica

In 2005 what is now known as DR-CAFTA was ratified in the US by a narrow majority.  The Central American Free Trade Agreement would in 2006 include El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala & the Dominican Republic.  Costa Rica was the only member to put this trade agreement to a public referendum, which narrowly passed in…

Head and shoulders above the rest of the dross…

John W Henry, Linda Pizzuti and Damien Comolli were there, apparently scouts from Manchester United were there, me and my uncle were there too.  Our presence is about the only thing we have in common.  But we all saw a first class, 45 minute performance from Steven Gerrard.  The captain showed again last night that…

Liverpool v Napoli…

In my second week back in England, and I will be heading back to Anfield tonight. I arrived back in the North after a few days down south to find the heavens are emptying themselves all over the streets, houses and fields here.  Grey clouds are hanging low over the land, pregnant with North-West water,…

Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn

I saw my first game back at Anfield today after 5 years out of the country.  It was my good fortune that it was also the first game after the end of the disastrous reign of Hicks & Gillett.  It was good to be back and see that some things have changed and some things…

CONCACAF Champions League round 6: Kierkegaard, S&M and dead shrimps

After a two week break for the international games the final CONCACAF Champions League matches were played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Three teams, Cruz Azul, Real Salt Lake from Group A and Monterrey from Group C, had already qualified for the next round but there was still a lot to play for some of…