Why You Shouldn’t be Surprised When England Lose

In about five hours England play Iceland in a Euro 2016 final 16 game. England may not lose this match, but they will almost certainly not win the tournament. Here’s why you shouldn’t be surprised that the England national team aren’t more successful than they are. Are you ready? Here it is: They’re actually not […]

Arsenal Players + Durian = Funny

English Premier League sides Arsenal, Everton and Stoke are coming here to Singapore in July for some pre-season exhibition matches. Ahead of the trip, Arsenal players were asked to try the notoriously stinky durian fruit, native to Southeast Asia. Love their reactions. The video is embedded above and on YouTube here.

Must-Follow World Cup Pundits: Men in Blazers

If you’re not following them already — and if, as I’m assuming, you love everything about the World Cup and the U.S. team — be sure to follow Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, a.k.a. Men in Blazers. The two pundits, Brits who are long-time U.S. residents, combine in depth knowledge of the sport with an […]

On England and the World Cup

Snips from “A Soccer Empire, Deeply Confused,” David Winner‘s contribution to the New York Times‘s feature on the World Cup and national playing styles: Soccer has long been a bastion of a peculiarly 19th-century conception of Englishness the nation seems reluctant to relinquish. The game was born during the era of empire when the country’s […]

Euro 2012: English Commentary on GMM Grammy

For the record: I wrote, in a earlier post, that the GMM Grammy Euro 2012 broadcast doesn’t offer English-language commentary. But it does. Simply click the button labeled “audio,” near the bottom of the remote*, two or three times to alternate between Thai and English. Thanks to @tonygjordan for the tip. (*The remote and AV […]

TrueVisions Subscribers and Euro 2012 Games

The Bangkok Post reports today: Cable television operator TrueVisions has failed to resolve its dispute with Euro 2012 Football Championship broadcast rights holder GMM Grammy. About 2 million True subscribers saw Euro 2012 broadcasts from Channel 3, Channel 5 and Modernine TV cancelled last night during the tournament’s opening match between Poland and Greece at […]

Off Topic: My Soccer Team Won Our League!

Allow me to quickly boast about share the news that my soccer team here in Bangkok, BFC D’Pelican, beat a good Royal Bangkok Sports Club team 1-0 last night. The victory took us into first place on goal difference on the last day of the season, and we were crowned the 2012 Chang International Football […]

World Cup qualifier: Thailand 3, Oman 0

The Bangkok Post reports on Thailand’s surprise win over Oman last night in a World Cup 2014 qualifier here in Bangkok: Thailand beat Oman 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier last night in their finest moments in football in recent memory. Two first-half goals from strike duo Sompong Soleb (35) and Teerasil Dangda (41) and […]

Could ASEAN bid for the World Cup? (cross posted to Siam Voices)

Note: This post originally appeared on Siam Voices, a collaborative Thailand blog at Asian Correspondent. I have added an update. Yesterday’s Bangkok Post: Asean kicks around plan to host World Cup Asean foreign ministers have agreed to propose to the grouping’s leadership that the region host the World Cup in 2030 as a group, diplomatic […]

England-Thailand friendly officially cancelled

The backstory is here. From today’s Bangkok Post: The England football team has confirmed the cancellation of its friendly match against Thailand in Bangkok in June. It was to have been the first time the England national side had played in Thailand. The English Football Association cited scheduling concerns for the withdrawal, but the British […]