Stories from Scotland and Holland feature on this week’s football podcast as well as more bad news from Italy, while explanations of key vocabulary (in bold) can be found at the foot of the post.
It’s not often that we feature a Scottish club side in the good section of our football review but it has been a great season so far for the current holders of the Scottish league title Rangers. Last Sunday they defeated arch-rivals Celtic 3-1 away to maintain their winning start to the season – that’s 9 victories on the trot now. They are also unbeaten in their Champions League group – a group that includes Valencia and Manchester United, so all smiles for the Blue side of Glasgow.
Former European Cup winners and Dutch powerhouse Feyenoord were thrashed 10-0 by rivals PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie last weekend. Two-down at half-time the Rotterdam club collapsed in the second half thanks to a Michael Reiss hat-trick and they conceded 8 goals in the second half. Manager Mario Been offered his resignation but instead he received a vote of confidence from the board – it will be interesting to see how long he actually does stay this season.
Last week we featured a story from Italian football in the Ugly section of our football review – racist chanting by Cagliari fans aimed at Samuel Eto’o. This week, it’s more ugly news from Italy as Napoli fans first vandalised their own pitch before a tie against Liverpool in the Europa League and attacked Liverpool fans in the streets the day before and on the day of the game. A number of Liverpool fans were stabbed and the local police accused Napoli fans of hunting down the visiting fans from Merseyside. Racism one week, violent stabbings the next week. Very ugly.
arch-rivals: Strong rivals, the most disliked rival
on the trot: Consecutive, one after the other
Blue side of Glasgow: Rangers wear blue while Celtic wear green
powerhouse: Traditionally a strong football team
conceded 8 goals: Allowed 8 goals in; let in 8 goals
a vote of confidence from the board: The club supports you (often associated with getting the sack soon afterwards)
to vandalise: to damage, to deface
Merseyside: an area in north-west England, where Liverpool and Everton football clubs are based.