Euro 2016 Preview

We are just a matter of hours away from the start of the European Championships; affectionately known as the Euros! When France and Romania kick off on Friday night, they will start a whole month of football (10th June to 10th July) and the 15th edition of this tournament. The tournament has changed a lot since it began in France back in 1960. Having started with 4 participating teams from an eligible 17; the 2016 tournament will feature 24 teams! France host this tournament for the third time in its history (having also hosted Euro 82) while Spain come into the tournament as defending champions and the only nation to have defended this title (2008 and 2012).  This will also be the first time since Portugal in 2004 that one nation alone is hosting the tournament as Austria and Switzerland followed by Poland and Ukraine hosted the 2008 and 2012 tournaments respectively.

Map of the 10 venues in France
Map of the 10 venues in France

The initial tournament in 1960 used only two venues. Fast forward again to 2016 and this time France are using 10 stadiums spread throughout the country. read more

How should I vote in the EU-Debate: Review of the TV debate!

As some of you may have heard, or are sick of hearing…there is something called an EU Referendum happening this month. Each and every one of us will all have the opportunity to answer one simple question; should the United Kingdom remain a part of the European Union, or leave the European Union? Although this seems to be said by one politician or the other during the course of a major election is that it will be a generation-defining election. The importance of this vote cannot be underestimated; it will be generation-defining if not a historically defining vote! Therefore, It could never be more crucial to register to vote and have you voice heard! To register to vote please follow this link and register by midnight tomorrow!

This piece will be reviewing a debate surrounding the referendum broadcast live by the BBC on Thursday 26th May called, ‘How should I vote-The EU debate’. The debate took place in Glasgow and was hosted by Victoria Derbyshire. Participating in the debate was Alex Salmond of the read more

Lewis wins race number 44 with car number 44 in the Principality: Monaco Grand Prix, 2016 Review

Hello there and welcome to my first ever blog post regarding Formula One and I could not have chosen a more spectacular or prestigious event on the Formula One calendar than the Monaco Grand Prix, around the narrow streets of Monte Carlo! The Crown jewel of Motor Racing and the one place that ever driver dreams of winning!

Circuit layout of the Monaco circuit
Circuit layout of the Monaco circuit

The 78 lap Monaco Grand Prix; with a race distance of 260.286km, is the sixth race of the 2016 season and has been ever-present on the F1 calendar since 1955. Located on the Mediterranean coast, the circuit is the tightest of all circuits on the calendar and with its winding barriers makes overtaking very difficult (but not impossible). So, the qualifying hour on Saturday is perhaps one of the most important of the season. Before 2015, the previous 6 races had been won from pole position with the only exception in the previous ten years being Lewis Hamilton winning in the wet in 2008 and the wrong decision to pit in 2015 gifting the win to Nico Rosberg. Rosberg coincidentally, was going into the weekend having won the previous three races in the principality and aiming for a fourth straight Monaco success although he does not have the record for most wins around this circuit. That record belongs to the late, great Ayrton Senna who won the race a total of 6 times and 5 in succession from 1989 to 1993. read more

NUFC 2015-16: What went wrong?

Mike Ashley during his interview 24th May 2015
Mike Ashley during his interview 24th May 2015

On Sunday 24th May 2015, Mike Ashley surprised Newcastle United fans when he gave his first ever interview to Sky Sports. That day, Newcastle were fighting for Premier League survival and secured it with a 2-0 win over West Ham. Ashley spoke of not anticipating Newcastle being in the situation were in; a horse and cart scenario where the horse needed bolting on; aiming to win something and creating our own luck. However, one year on and after failing to create their own luck, Newcastle are staring at a season in the Championship. For some, this past season has been a difficult pill to swallow however for others, the anticipation of much closer away days in the Championship such as Leeds United (I’m looking forward to this one in particular for family reasons) is relatively pleasant. But, what went wrong? How did it come to this?

This can be analysed in two categories. The first is the organisational structure and management of the club at board level including player and manager recruitment. The second main category coincides with Ashley’s rhetoric of creating own luck and that is what actually happens on the pitch. read more