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Parallels are commonplace in Football



Today’s thought: Parallels are commonplace in football

UK Television audiences were recently treated to archive footage of the 1974 World Cup Final. Parallels can be drawn between the pragmatic approach of the then German National squad, and their present-day Government officials who successfully facilitated the return of Bundesliga action at the weekend.

1974 World Cup Final Archive Footage

In ’74, faced with a talented Dutch ensemble orchestrated by the peerless Cruyff, the hosts found themselves a goal down within a tortuous opening sixty seconds. The due diligence of Beckenbauer ensured chaos and confusion was minimised, and a late strike by the predatory Muller secured German success.

UK officials were entrusted with peacekeeping duties that afternoon, with Jack Taylor at the helm. Mr Taylor saw fit to award a penalty kick to each side in the course of the ninety minutes, courting EU controversy then as now.

Aside from that…Sport plays an integral role in society. It has the potential to remove socio-economic barriers, it provides a platform for the development of life-long associations and promotes transparent communication. Its return in any form should be welcomed.


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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.


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