How to not watch football in Istanbul.

Mrs Football Nerd and I consider ourselves to be seasoned football travellers having been to a significant number of the most iconic European football grounds, to the last two World Cups and a European Championships. Those trips are pre-planned in infinite detail to ensure that fixture dates and kick-off times have been confirmed, tickets secured […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – the European Super League, surely a step too far in the never-ending pursuit of greed?

Periodically a story breaks in both the football-focused and news media alerting us to the desire of Europe’s elite clubs to break away from their own domestic leagues and to form a European Super League. This time it was German news magazine Der Spiegel that ran a story alleging that seven of Europe’s top clubs […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Meet the new guard, same as the old guard.

  Start of the season thoughts- https://football-nerd.org/2018/08/10/football-nerd-weekly-ramblings-the-premier-league-is-back-will-anyone-be-able-to-stop-manchester-city/ As October reached its end, with each of the Premier League teams having now played a quarter of their matches, it feels like an appropriate time to take stock of how things are shaping up. Going into the season considered opinion suggested that the push for the title […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – Back into the swing of football-watching. Part 1: Another Orient Away Day.

After the strange, vapid hinterland of another international break, this week has seen a relatively hectic return to football-watching form. It all started last Saturday when Mrs Football Nerd and I headed off to Maidstone for our second proper Leyton Orient away-day, to watch the O’s take on fellow National League side Maidstone United in […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings – has England’s development and the competitiveness of the Nations League breathed some life into the international game?

Anyone who has read my thoughts on the international game outside of the major finals tournaments will know that I am far from enamoured with the all too frequent international breaks, pointless friendlies and the mind-numbingly tedious qualification phases. Equally I have previously struggled to find the point of the fledgling UEFA Nations League (https://football-nerd.org/2018/09/07/football-nerd-weekly-ramblings-what-is-the-point-of-the-european-nations-league/). […]