Browsing Archives of Author »John Burn-Murdoch«

The World Cup & It’s Price On Brazil

August 15, 2011


As London gears up for the Olympics, voices of dissent regarding the costs of hosting the games are widespread. Across the Atlantic, the mood in Brazil ahead of the 2014 World Cup is not dissimilar. As well as the all too familiar problem of construction delays there have been some more serious issues – issues […]

ABSA Premiership Preview: The Buccaneers hoping to keep a hold of their treasure

July 28, 2011


While twitter’s channels have been awash over recent weeks with news of with the imminent opening of hostilities across Europe’s top flights, many of you may not be aware that in South Africa excitement is also building as the start of the latest ABSA Premiership draws ever nearer. Since the world’s media set up camp, […]

Venezuela – La Vinotinto

June 9, 2011


The fourth and final side making up Group B is Venezuela. In an entirely CONMEBOL-sourced line-up, Brazil, Paraguay and Ecuador have been drawn with Venezuela, and La Vinotinto will be widely expected to finish bottom of the pile, shipping plenty of goals on the way. César Farías’ side are not; in fact, the lowest ranked […]

Costa Rica – La Sele

June 2, 2011


By John Burn-Murdoch Next month the 43rd Copa America gets underway in Argentina, and among the sides taking their place alongside the hosts in group A are Costa Rica. Having stepped in as late replacements for Japan, Ricardo La Volpe’s charges will have only days to prepare for the tournament following their participation in the […]

Womens Champions League Final Review – Lyon beat the odds.

May 29, 2011


By John Burn-Murdoch Over 14,000 fans were at Craven Cottage on Thursday night and all were treated to a thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes of football as Patrice Lair’s Olympique Lyonnais Féminin became the first ever French club to lift the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Pre-match favourites Turbine Potsdam struggled to get into any sort of […]

An Evening at the Cottage – The Women’s Champions League Final

May 26, 2011


By John Burn-Murdoch.  Not many people are aware of this – despite my best efforts – but this week London plays host to not one, but two Champions League finals. All eyes have been on Manchester United’s upcoming clash with Barcelona for some time now, and this attention will only heighten in the coming days, […]

To the farthest corners: A brief history of football in the Faroe Islands

May 7, 2011


As one of Europe’s remotest outposts lying in between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea, roughly half way between Britain and Iceland, the Faroe Islands is probably one of the last places you would associate with football.  Yet the Faroese Premier League was founded as far back as 1942, predating some of it’s […]