The Olympiastadion is an iconic stadium. In 1936, it became a symbol of Nazi power when it hosted the Berlin Olympics, opened by Adolf Hitler. Today, the stadium is home to Hertha BSC. In February 2023, we visited Berlin to take in a Bundesliga match and learn some more about the history of the city. Saturday 11th February As our… Read More »For the love of the Game #3 (Part 3) – Die Alte Dame (The Old Lady), Hertha BSC
I’m sat up in bed while I write tonight. It’s just a couple of days before we fly from Gatwick on Saturday morning and things have gone very wrong indeed. One of the group, Sharpy, has royally fucked up. His passport only has a couple of months to run before it expires and he’s discovered that he needs at least… Read More »For the love of the Game #3 (Part 2) – The Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC
It’s been a good few months since I’ve written a ‘For the love of the Game’ article, and I can’t wait to get to it. I’m at work, on a break, and being fuelled by instant coffee. February has arrived at last. This is the month that I’m off to Berlin. I planned to visit the Olympiastadion a long time… Read More »For the love of the Game #3 (Part 1) – The Olympiastadion, Hertha BSC
Equador dream of glory in Qatar – Paul Blake discusses Ecuador’s past experiences with World Cup qualification and looks forward to Qatar 2022.
In 2001, When Ecuador coach Hernán Darío Gómez was shot in the thigh by the bodyguard of Joselo Rodriguez, president of the second division Santa Rita soccer club, the relationship between football and political intervention in Ecuadorian sport had reached a significantly low point. Fortunately Gomez’ shooting did not prove fatal. Allegedly, the attack was directly linked to the exclusion… Read More »Equador dream of glory in Qatar – Paul Blake discusses Ecuador’s past experiences with World Cup qualification and looks forward to Qatar 2022.