Jules Rimet Still Gleaming? Shadows cast in spite of dazzling English performance

Sunday 11th July. The final. Students were out in droves clamouring for an England victory. Never before has an English side in our recent memory grown into a tournament bona fide and showed such tenacity in the face of tough opposing sides. After Luke Shaw’s opener in the second minute, hope that football was coming home swept across the nation. It was only after an equaliser in full-time and the inevitable defeat suffered at the hands of Italian penalties that England’s Euros 2020 hopes were crushed. The dream was all over. Or was it?

The rise and fall of the European Super League: a story of instant rejection

News around the creation of a European Super League (ESL) surfaced late on Sunday 18th April. Initial murmurings suggested that it would be a competition that ran alongside the domestic season, giving a more lucrative competition for Europe’s ‘elite’ clubs to play in and earn from. However, in a week that saw George Floyd’s murderer found guilty, the ESL went from creation to destruction in just over 48 hours.