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TFHB Podcast: World Cup 2022 Preview

The Football History Boys are back for a World Cup preview podcast. Join us as we chat about our disappointment of where this World Cup will take place, reminisce of our interaction with disgraced former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer, discuss our favourite World Cup matches of all time, share our hopes for Wales at the tournament, run through our World Cup wallchart of predictions & invent a new game! We also hear your predictions for the tournament ahead as well as your memories of World Cups past. Make sure you get in touch with your thoughts over on Twitter:  @TFHBs . Check out the podcast in all your usual places: Spotify Apple Anchor Google Overcast Pocket Casts Check out our most recent episode of the podcast, where we spoke to Chris Evans about his new book, ' How to Win the World Cup '. This podcast references parts of our second book - The History of Football in 90 Minutes (Plus Extra-Time) - you can purchase it here! https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Football-90-Minu
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Canada at the World Cup: A (Very) Brief History

Canada, the polite neighbours to the north of the United States of America, are appearing at the 2022 Qatar World Cup for only the second time in their long history of Association Football. Their first and only appearance to date was in 1986 when the tournament took place down Mexico way. A tournament remembered for Diego Maradona; Gordon Strachan trying to jump pitchside advertising; Gary Lineker's hat-trick; Ray Wilkins red card and Josimar ruining Pat Jennings' birthday. Yet Canada added some CONCACAF syrup to proceedings, being drawn as bottom seed with the then reigning European Champions France led by Michel Platini, the always dangerous Soviet Union and another Eastern bloc power of Hungary. As history shows, Canada did not muster any points or goals in their three group stage matches, yet they were not humiliated. In their opening game, they held France to a one-nil scoreline, only conceding in the 78th minute to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal. Following a period of intense t

What was the greatest World Cup?

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TFHB Podcast: How To Win The World Cup

The Football History Boys are joined by journalist and author  @ChrisEvansWrite to discuss his new book, 'How to Win the World Cup: Secrets and Insights from International Football’s Top Managers'. Join us as we chat the difference between international and club management, the perils of qualification campaigns, the curse of attempting to retain the trophy and World Cup managerial controversies. We also hear Chris' predictions for the tournament ahead with less than two weeks to go till it all kicks off. Make sure you get in touch with your thoughts over on Twitter: @TFHBs , and don't miss out on Chris' book, at publishers Bloomsbury and retailers  Amazon  & Waterstones . Check out the podcast in all your usual places: Spotify Apple Anchor Google Overcast Pocket Casts Check out our most recent episode of the podcast, where we reviewed and celebrated Wales' qualification campaign .  ©The Football History Boys, 2022

World Cup's Greatest Shocks: North Korea 1-0 Italy, 1966

There are plenty of reasons why football has grown to become the world's most popular sport. The game's simplicity means it can be played by almost anyone, anywhere. Its incredible fanbases have helped to create unbeatable atmospheres, but it is arguably in the sport's unpredictability that truly sets it aside. Gareth and I have compiled a list of 10 of the Men's World Cup's greatest shocks. Covering almost 100 years of football history, the following upsets can tell us more than just what happened over the course of 90 minutes. North Korea 1-0 Italy, 1966 The 1966 World Cup is one of the most discussed, dissected and analysed tournaments in the history of sport. A truly ‘national experience’, it was the first edition of the competition to feature extensive coverage on television and in the wider media.[1] The 1966 World Cup reflected the changes in wider society and helped to reinvent the image England, and the wider UK had created for itself. If, for English fans,

The World Cup: The Complete Collection (So far!)

The World Cup - is there any greater competition on Earth? At The Football History Boys, we have written about almost every one: From 1930 to 2018; from Pele to Pogba and all the bits in between. Please find below a complete list of articles on the most prestigious of sporting spectacles. There is more to come.... 1930 World Cup: Where it all Began 1934 World Cup: Coppa Del Duce 1938 World Cup: A World Cup on the Brink of War 1950 World Cup: The Miracle on Grass 1950 World Cup: A Brazilian Tragedy World Cup's Greatest Shocks: USA 1-0 England 1954 World Cup: The Miracle of Bern 1958 World Cup: Wales' Finest Hour 1962 World Cup: The Battle of Santiago 1966 World Cup: Football's Coming Home 1966 World Cup: The Curse of '66 1970 World Cup: Brazil's Samba Superstars 1974 World Cup: East Meets West World Cup's Greatest Shocks: East Germany 1-0 West Germany 1978 World Cup: The Most Controversial Competition in History? 1978 World Cup: Blo

Not so Much Football Fever, More Like Mild Summer Symptoms: An alternative perspective on the build up to the 1966 World Cup

‘History is written by the victors’ is a quote often miss attributed to Winston Churchill, what he actually said was something along similar lines when challenging the then Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin in the 1930’s. “I shall write the history”[1] was his portentous prediction, so when Churchill came to write that ‘History of the English Speaking People’ in 1956 all that he wrote was coloured by what he knew to be ‘so’ and what his readers expected from their esteemed wartime leader.  Why is this of any relevance to the myriad of books, films and articles that study the 1966 World Cup? Let’s take “Two World Wars and One World Cup” the jingoistic chant, thankfully now rarely heard, this draws on such familiarity of received knowledge. Ignoring for a moment the evidence that Germany, as recipients of the taunt, has not only won four World Cups (in various guises) but arguably post ’45 in economic terms did not ‘lose the war’ either, what such bellicose popularism does demonstrate is th

Wales Women's Football: A squad on the verge of history

Euro 2022 is over and history has been made. After an incredible competition, England have won their first international tournament, defeating an excellent Germany 2-1 at Wembley. The English media have celebrated the triumph and both back and front pages of the nation's newspapers have been used to promote the success. Most commentators and pundits are calling the victory a win not just for the Lionesses but for the women's game across the UK. The same competition also saw a first major tournament appearance for Northern Ireland just three years after Scotland competed in the World Cup. With this in mind, there is one of the home nations yet to reach a major finals - Wales.  In recent years, few could argue against describing the boom in Welsh football as its 'golden generation'. The men's side have reached back-to-back European Championships and have now achieved what many fans believed an impossibility, qualification for the World Cup. The tournament in Qatar is

World Cup's Greatest Shocks: USA 1-0 England, 1950

There are plenty of reasons why football has grown to become the world's most popular sport. The game's simplicity means it can be played by almost anyone, anywhere. Its incredible fanbases have helped to create unbeatable atmospheres, but it is arguably in the sport's unpredictability that truly sets it aside. Gareth and I have compiled a list of 10 of the Men's World Cup's greatest shocks. Covering almost 100 years of football history, the following upsets can tell us more than just what happened over the course of 90 minutes.  USA 1-0 England - 1950 This moment, the Miracle on Grass as it has been called, is a TFHB favourite. The moment the English, post-WW2, after missing the first three editions of the tournament, finally decided to join the FIFA World Cup. In 1930, 1934 and 1938, the English (and other home nations) decided that a world football competition was below them, the founders and perfectors of the beautiful game. The danger of letting that crown sli

World Cup's Greatest Goals: Esteban Cambiasso (2006) | @SivanJohn_

The greatest goals in football are often judged on the artistry of a single player. Whether it is a situation of a ball that was dribbled from the halfway line, a curling free-kick, a bullet header or a thunderous strike, it always glorifies the individual. Then again, sometimes football needs a reminder of it’s humble origin, teamwork. Malaysian based football writer  @SivanJohn_ , recalls his experience of Argentina's 2006 beauty. On one afternoon in Gelsenkirchen during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Argentina were set to play Serbia & Montenegro (S&M) in their second group game. Surprisingly S&M were a team that arrived in Germany with the most stubborn defence in the European qualifiers, so little did fans expect a hammering. S&M had topped their qualification group, which also contained Spain, by conceeding just one goal in eight matches. However, within the space of 90 minutes, that defence was about to be shredded to smithereens. Argentina, managed by Jos√© P√©kerma