Home Authors Posts by Nick Smith

Nick Smith

20 POSTS 4 COMMENTS

Metalist, Lies & Videotape

0
It’s those men again. Despite catcalls in Kharkiv, derision in Donetsk and vilification in Lviv, the longest-running comedy show in Ukraine shows no indication...

Yin, Yang & Football

0
When ex-Manchester United striker Dong Fangzhuo left Legia Warsaw on August 1, a brief yet beautiful piece of football symmetry disappeared with him. The...

Northern Exposure: The People’s Team Abroad

4
Football teams wishing to be taken seriously at a World Cup should probably avoid losing all of their group games, especially if they concede...

Slovenia World Cup 2010 Preview

0
After seeing off Egypt in the latest installment of the world’s most violent international football rivalry to qualify for the World Cup, Algeria should...

Switzerland World Cup 2010 Preview

0
It starts with a sudden lowering of the voice. Two quick glances to either side, a furtive slug of the glass, and the mysteries...

Greece World Cup 2010 Preview

0
Summer 2004 saw 250,000 people turn Athens upside down in celebrating Greece’s shock victory in Euro 2004. Fast forward six years and the streets...

Denmark World Cup 2010 Preview

0
With star striker Nicklas Bendtner already thrown out of London nightspot Boujis last year with his trousers around his knees, the worry for Denmark...

Rotor’s Return: Goals, Ghosts and Stalingrad

0
Russia has never been short of a ghost or two. The restless souls of Ivan the Terrible and Lenin’s would-be assassin Fanni Kaplan roam...

Europe – The Final Countdown (2012)

0
Five referees. Wage caps. The 6+5 rule. Michel Platini may be on a mission to over-complicate just about everything in European football, but on...

The Shakhtar Syndrome

1
One year ago, an unusually reckless observer suggested that Shakhtar Donetsk, pride of Ukraine’s coal-mining Donbass region, were digging themselves into a hole at...

Miodrag Bozovic: Why Europe Should Be Out for the Count

3
As everybody knows, the most famous Count of them all had no reflection and could only be seen by others, never by himself. A...

The Europa League: There’s a New Sheriff in Town

2
- How come nobody ever heard of you? I mean, how come you ain't got a reputation? (Support Your Local Sheriff!, 1969) With the visibly...