The Author

Matthew Coyle
Matthew Coyle

Belfast-based writer, blogger, lawyer. Seeking a change of direction from the stifling office. Blackburn Rovers victim. Football fanatic. It is at once a simple game and a complex one. Maybe that's why we all care so much about it. Read my other work at,,, and All views are my own and not necessarily those of any other person or body.

Spain coach's Vicente Del Bosque saw his world champions bow out before the group stage is concluded. 1

Spain – Everything that has a beginning, has an end

by Matthew Coyle

It was only a brief smile, a smirk even. It passed across Vicente Del Bosque’s rumpled features as Chile scored the second goal of their stunningly straightforward 2-0 win against his Spanish team, a fleeting glimpse of the emotions raging beneath the coach’s normally stoic visage.  In that moment, his thoughts — or at least some of […]