Preview: Match of the Week
These two matches – France vs Ukraine and Sweden vs Portugal were billed in a completely different light. The former was supposed to be a done-deal, a mere formality for Ukraine after the 2-0 victory in Kiev last week, while the latter was dismissed as a dull affaire, fuelled by the Swedish Coach Erik Hamren publically stating that he would rely on the frosty conditions to get stem the threat of the Portuguese attack. And the Footballing Gods took one look at each fixture and said, “Let there be goals.”
From being an unknown footballer to becoming the all-time leading goal scorer for his country, Sunil Chhetri has surely grown as a player and as a leader in past years.
What’s in a nickname? They all have them, but have you ever wondered what a club’s nickname actually means? Here are some of the more unusual titles to be found in English football.
Remember that day, all those years ago, when you watched a game for the first time? That magical moment, when the ball flew past the goalposts and wild celebrations ensued. The euphoria that engulfed the scorer and his teammates; the abject disappointment, palpable in the air, of the opposition. And it doesn’t matter whether it was a game which was being aired live on television, with thousands of spectators in the stadium and millions watching across the world, or it was just a few lads kicking a ball around at the local park – from that moment you were hooked.