The Soviet Union and its Successor States in the European Championship and Asian Cup

The first European Championship, held in France in 1960, was won by the Soviet Union who would go on to reach the final a further three times. This summer, the competition will be played in one of the Soviet Union’s fifteen successor states for the first time as Ukraine co-host with Poland. This represents a … Continue reading

Four iconic European Championship goals

Pictorial tributes to some special goals from European Championships past. T-shirts with designs based on these images can be found in the brand new On Goals Scored shop. Antonín Panenka – Czechoslovakia v West Germany – 1976 – video Marco van Basten – Netherlands v USSR – 1988 – video Paul Gascoigne – England v … Continue reading

How much can England rely on Rio Ferdinand and John Terry?

One of the many questions that hang over the England team going into this summer’s European Championship is how well their two senior centre-backs will be able to hinder the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Karim Benzema. John Terry and Rio Ferdinand are coming to the beginning of the end of their careers and are facing, … Continue reading

Why not 20 teams, UEFA?

The qualifiers for the European Championship are approaching their end and they will have soon completed the guest-list for the 16-team party that is the final tournament – probably for the last time. The format of four groups of four, which was first used at Euro ’96, is being replaced and 24 teams will assemble … Continue reading