World Cup Memories

With World Cup fever firmly gripping all football fans, alongside the plethora of football stats, predictions, squad updates, opinions and the like being on hand 24/7, I felt it appropriate to offer some light relief in the form of some good old Footballblether.com nostalgia. France 1998 The first World Cup which I really remember was... Continue Reading →

Parma – Hipster’s Paradise?

Friday, 18 May 2018 was the date when Parma Calcio 1913 sealed their return to the top level of Italian Football, Serie A. After some turbulent and troubled times, Parma have built back up from the ashes and secured 3 promotions in 3 years as they climb back up from the abyss, from a time... Continue Reading →

Bucket List Stadiums

As regular readers will appreciate, trips away to watch football are a real passion. In no particular order, I've watched club and international football in Scotland, England, Wales, France, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Italy, Iceland and Norway. Games in these countries have been viewed in a whole spectrum of venues from... Continue Reading →

A Fan’s Football Quest – Comparisons

Over the past year, I have travelled and paid to watch football at a variety of different levels. These include Scottish Championship, Scottish Premiership, Scotland International (and England International), English Premiership, Czech First league and the Second Tier of Czech Football. I have previously written about my Dilemma in terms of swapping regular attendance at... Continue Reading →

Where’s the Strategy?

Scottish Football is in a state of despair flux at present. At the time of writing there is no Manager, no Chief Executive, No summer tournament (again) and no real idea or agreement from those remaining in charge as to the correct way forward. It is by no means a lost cause, nor should Scotland... Continue Reading →

The Supporter’s Dilemma

Since roughly 2001, as a fresh/acne faced teenager I have been making the trip to Hampden Park for Scotland home games. Initially with a large group of friends, taking the train through, blagging our way into Vicky Wine for a few cheeky pre-match cans and revelling in being part of the "Tartan Army" with all... Continue Reading →

All Aboard the 09.17 from Berlin

Downstairs in the impressive, vast, modern transport hub that is Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf), the 09.17 Euro City train rolls onto the platform on its way through to Budapest. The train is, uncharacteristically for European transport, a few minutes late but that doesn't seem to bother any of the passengers waiting to board, ahead of trips... Continue Reading →

1% Riordan, 99% Perspiration

A popular theory as to why the Scotland national team has been in decline for the last twenty years plus or so is that Scotland are no longer producing top quality players. As a Hibs fan, I disagree with that as in the early 2000s there was a conveyor belt of good young Scottish players... Continue Reading →

The Tribute of the Plzen Juggernaut

April 23rd 2017 will forever be remembered as a tragic day for Czech and indeed Turkish Football. The events of this day shook the Turkish city of Gaziantep and reverberated back to the Czech cities of Plzen and Příbram. The Turkish Football Club, Gaziantepspor, were training when players noticed that their Czech international teammate František... Continue Reading →

Does Trequartista Translate to Scottish?

As is well documented within this blog and as is common knowledge, Scotland have a recently woeful record of qualifying for Major Tournaments such as the World Cup or European Championships. Reasons behind this including bad managers, bad players, bad luck, lack of investment, lack of youth development and even the break up of the Soviet... Continue Reading →

Bohemian Armchair Football 

The amount of free to air football on television has decreased significantly over the last few years, accelerated by the well documented riches provided through multi million pound/Euro TV deals spanning most major European Leagues , European club, International and worldwide competitions. Many arguments could be made both for and against the power of television... Continue Reading →

Brief Comparison of British Football

Football fans need rivalries. Whether watching teams at the lower end of the league system such as Linlithgow Rose v Bo'Ness United or games at the very top such as Barcelona v Real Madrid; rivalries add to the fan's experience, add interest, add passion and add a point of reference as well. Scotland have England.... Continue Reading →

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