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Hazy images of Liverpool, Arsenal and England aside, my first real memory of football was the 1994 FA Cup final, in which Eric Cantona scored two penalties in a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of Chelsea by Manchester United.
In 1995 at the Baseball Ground, seventeen odd thousand bore witness to an unremarkable 1-1 draw. Unmoved but intrigued, my first season watching Derby with my father and older brother ended in riotous scenes of celebration as the Rams clinched automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Days later and Manchester United, admittedly my team of choice in the playground, secured the League and Cup Double, led by the rehabilited and by then near-mythical figure of Cantona. Needless to say, every collar on every pitch around the country was turned well and truly up on the shirts of the young and the impressionable.
The coup de grace came with Euro 96, the tournament that cemented England's rehabilitation into polite football society. Attendance at a group stage game and a quarter final (both at Villa Park) completed my education and the seeds of obsession were irremovably sown.
The best of Derby's Premiership years were witnessed in a final season at the Baseball Ground and then at Pride Park. A timely escape to Melbourne, Australia in 1999 came before the Ram's eventual relegation in 2002.
Four years in Australia were spent watching Premiership and Champions League games at strange hours recorded onto VCR. Local games consisted of historically Greek team South Melbourne and their Croatian rivals, Melbourne Knights (the club that gave the world Mark Viduka).
The World Cup in 2002 brought an enormous increase in my appetite for football and upon the end of my antipodean exile in 2003, a return to England saw live football consumed at a prodigous rate. Highlights include Internazionale vs Marseille at the San Siro in the Uefa Cup, Real Madrid vs Osasuna in a La Liga Game, attendance at the European Championships in Portugal and Deby's play off victory at the new Wembley in 2007.
2008 brought a return to Australia in search of Dual Citizenship, in order to make myself available for the both the Socceroos and the Three Lions. The old National Soccer League had been swept away, replaced with the Hyundai A League,.
So while I once again ingest European and world football at strange hours (now with the gratefully reiceved assistance of digital recording), I will tell you what I make of the much changed nature of Australian soccer and the exploits of the national team.
try this :
Five minutes gone...Triestina awarded a penalty and it looks like I could be covering Serie B football from now on...
See if Roma saved me from this less than ideal scenario in the latest UWCC title match which included, as I have already mentioned, a penalty as well as the 100th different player to have scored in a UWCC title match!
Also included are predictions for the next match, as well as a form guide and current table situations, and video highlights of the match!
Don't forget to vote on the poll!
You may be interested to know that Roma are still the best team in the world!! In their latest UWCC title defence they faced Chievo in an action packed match that included a goal in the first minute, a red card, and a penalty!
Also see how my prediction got on, as well as yours, and why there is a very real chance of me following Serie B football from Tuesday on!
P.S. Don't forget to vote on the poll!
As it's a new year, and a new decade for that matter, I thought it was time to shake up the old, stale UWCC articles, so have a gander at the new look one!
It's now a mixture of match report and prediction competition, as well as incorporating video highlights and league and form information into the article, so even if you don't know too much about Serie A, then you can still make an educated guess at the next result!
This match in particular was a cracker with two injury time goals!
Could you have a look and tell me what you think please?
P.S Don't forget to vote on the poll!
It's a tiny bit late as it took longer than expected to write it, but my review of 2009 is finally here! Last year's one won the AOTD award and hopefully I've done enough on this one to equal that feat, but I'll leave you to be the judge of that!
With 25 great moments from 12 different sports, and with everyone from Barcelona to France, the Yankees to the Lakers, and Usain Bolt to Tiger Woods there is something for everyone in this slideshow, plus a ranked top ten as the final slide!
If you get a chance would you mind checking it out? Cheers!
It's that time of year again! Time to vote for your B/R World Football Writer of the Year. A final shortlist of 10 has been devised with great difficulty, and now you can vote for who you think deserves the accolade! Let the voting commence!
If you haven't seen it already, I have written the first of many "decade in review" pieces, and this one looks at Liverpool's top 15 matches of the noughties. Have a look and see what you think, you might be surprised at what ISN'T number one!
Have a look at my latest article, 'Cristiano Ronaldo will never be a Manchester United legend' and let me know what you think.