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Time and space: Football’s critical optical illusion

Despite playing on the largest surface, there may be less time and space available to a footballer than any other athlete competing in a team sport.

To the naked eye, an empty football pitch appears massive. It doesn’t look much smaller when occupied by 22 men battling for control over a single ball. Yet, there may be less time and space available to a footballer than any other athlete competing in an enclosed space in a team sport. The optical illusion that there is time and ... Read More »

The Hardy Park Irregulars

When his visa comes through, Bastian Schweinsteiger will be going to Chicago. That shouldn’t be an issue unless Donald Trump chooses to insult Angela Merkel further. I’ve written—more than once–on the German’s struggles to get a game at Manchester United despite performing well in his rare opportunities. I would love nothing better than to see him play in person. Unfortunately, the nearest ... Read More »

The Day A Team Died – The Gabon Air Disaster

On 27th April 1993, a military plane carrying the Zambian national football team crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after take off killing all 30 people on board. This week Next Goal Wins looks back on the 20th Anniversary of the Gabon Air Disaster, the Day A Team Died. Read More »

Goal Line Revolution

This summer will see single goal-line technology used at a major football tournament for the first time.  Despite the introduction, FIFA and UEFA still seem split on its merits.  Sepp Blatter is behind the move, publicly anyway, whereas Michel Platini is still distancing himself from its need.   This week, Next Goal Win’s revisits five goal line incidents which only ... Read More »

A Wasted Eleven

Talented, blessed, naturally gifted. These traits alone do not guarantee a glittering football career. This week NGW looks at a wasted 11.  A team of footballers who have, for one reason or another, failed to reach the greatness their talents once promised.  Richard Wright Richard Wright’s promising talents soon caught the eye as he helped his first club Ipswich reach ... Read More »

1966 – The Year England LOST the World Cup

Forget Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Alf Ramsey.   March 20, 1966 saw England and the F.A. lose the World Cup.  Step forward Pickles!  This week Next Goal Win’s revisits the tale of how a mongrel dog saved the blushes of a nation and the Football Association by rescuing the World Cup. Read More »

Kings of Europe

For the first time in 16 years, there are no English teams in the quarter finals of Europe’s premier knock-out competition.  Next Goal Wins takes a look back at the glory days when English teams were “Kings of Europe’ Read More »

Who am I?

Once upon a time I arrived in the Premiership and went 2 years, 3 managers, 25 Premier League Games and 1,533 minutes without winning a game.  My manager wanted me out. I am now however, worth in excess of £40M, wanted by Europe’s richest clubs.   Next Goal Wins investigates  ‘Who am I?’ Read More »

The Five Minute Man

Who was the Five Minute Man. How did the 1988 League Cup Final finish his career. Next Goal Wins takes a look back at the brief career of the Five Minute Man. Read More »

The Battle of Kenilworth Road

Luton Town versus Millwall in this weekends 5th Round of the FA Cup will evoke memories of a bygone era. Next Goal Wins looks back to when they met before on one of the darkest nights of English Football.  Read More »

It’s a fix!!

As Europol announce their investigation into Europe’s biggest ever match fixing, Next Goal Win’s looks back to 1964 and the football betting scandal which shook the English game to its core. Read More »

The Mercantile Credit Football Festival

Remember the Mercantile Credit Football Festival?  The Football League Centenary Tournament?  Neither?  Well they were one of the same and this week Next Goal Wins takes a look at the centre piece of the Football League’s 100 year celebrations.  Read More »

The Big Freeze

Orange ball? Repainted lines? No they would not help back in the season 1962/63. That winter nearly 500 games of football were postponed. Next Goal Wins looks back at the winter of the ‘Big Freeze’. Read More »

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