Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: The European Premier League – we have started down this road before, but this time we should be worried.

Well call us Nostradamus! No sooner had I concluded in last week’s piece (Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings: Project Big Picture and Pay Per View – some of the Premier League money men reveal their true colours.) and the comments from Keith, Laurence and Roger reinforced the suspicion, that the motives behind ‘Project Big Picture’ were a […]

Football Nerd WeeklyRamblings: Thoughts on the ‘success’ of the European mini-tournaments and what Barcelona’s humbling means for their future.

Last weekend finally brought the conclusions to the European competitions some two and a half months or so later than had been originally planned and in quite possibly the most surreal circumstances we have ever witnessed. The competitions were eventually staged as two concurrent mini-finals tournaments running in Lisbon and Germany and while it was […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- UEFA can’t afford not to follow through on their punishment of Manchester City but need to be wary of the potential future implications.

UEFA’s announcement last Friday that Manchester City would be banned from participating in European competition, (in their case the Champions League), for two seasons for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, may have been several years in the making but it was still somewhat surprising as most of us doubted whether UEFA would actually […]

Football Nerd Weekly Ramblings- The tedium of the international break is over and now we can all concentrate on the real stuff once again.

Two wins out of two, six points out of six, ten goals for and just one against and a four point lead in the group already, so England are finding the going tough in their Euro 2020 qualification group then! As I pondered on this page last week (https://football-nerd.org/2019/03/22/football-nerd-weekly-ramblings-international-break-boredom-var-creates-an-un-level-playing-field-and-orient-one-step-away-from-wembley/), one wonders what strange logic anyone […]

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/). […]