High-scoring Auckland City FC was favourite to win the final of the 2017/2018 ISPS Handa Premiership on April the 1st 2018, having won the minor Premiership in March. But opposing Team Wellington FC was the only club they had failed to beat during the league’s regular season. Furthermore, reigning champions Team Wellington had won the final at the past two attempts, beating Auckland City FC both times in the process. The omens were there for Continue reading
Football in Wellington is complicated. 3 professional and semi-professional clubs who play in black and yellow represent the Kiwi capital in competitions spread across 2 countries, while partisan fans of various Winter regional league clubs put aside their historical rivalries to support all 3 black and yellow clubs indiscriminately during the Summer months.
Of those 3 clubs, you are likely to know Wellington Phoenix FC. The Continue reading
On the 10th of April, Persija Jakarta and Johor Darul Ta’zim FC played against each other at the Stadion Utama Gelora Bung Karno in Jakarta in the group stage of the AFC Cup. Besides promising an exciting clash on the field, the fixture represented more than just the meeting of two big Football clubs.
JDT FC is the current dominant force within Malaysian Football. The club from Continue reading
The Hyundai A-League is expanding to accommodate 2 more clubs. The current clubs hail from Sydney (2), Melbourne (2), Wellington, Newcastle, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Gosford. The big question is which cities will host the next 2.
The only Australian cities without an A-League team large enough to be potential candidates are Canberra, Cairns Continue reading
“Chivas Loves Us”. But only if you’re Mexican.
FBTG traditionally skips the league dominators. There is usually enough literature dedicated to them and we prefer writing about the smaller clubs hiding more obscure stories anyway. However, we are breaking the habbit in the case of Mexico.
Club Deportivo de Guadalajara, more commonly referred to as Chivas “the Goats”, is the most popular Football club in Mexico. Its Continue reading
We don’t think of Germany as a country that blooms culture. But the Bundesrepublik is home to its fair share of enigmatic and fascinating Football clubs, none being more mysterious or romantic than 1. FC Union Berlin. 3 key institutions combine to endow this club with its very idiosyncratic, and consequently celebrated, character; its Continue reading
The mastermind behind Auckland City FC’s 7 consecutive OFC Champions League victories, Ramon Tribulietx has been managing the Navy Blues from the City of Sails since 2008. The Barcelona native spoke to FBTG about hostile fans in Rabat, Catalonian succession and the future of Football in Auckland.
Can you give a brief background to yourself, as a player and manager?
I played for the club. When I was a player, Auckland City didn’t exist. It Continue reading
Shortly after moving to Germany, my mid-breakfast-facebook-scroll informed me that Hull City, freshly promoted, were coming to East Germany to take on SG Dynamo Dresden in a friendly a few weeks later. 15.00 on Saturday; easily accessible with a round day trip being cheap. It was on. But in the days beforehand, friends and colleagues had one thing to say;
Dynamo Dresden fans are notorious for their aggression and extremism. A Continue reading