Recent Posts by Philip Stevens

On the ball: How Polsat is planning EURO 2016 coverage for Polish fans

Poland joins Germany, Ukraine and Northern Ireland in Group C of the EURO 2016 finals in France. Although Poland beat Germany for the first time during the qualifying rounds, it is still without a win again Ukraine in five meetings. So, this should be an interesting tournament for the fans watching in Poland. “We will […]  More

On the ball: how Croatia’s HRT is preparing for EURO 2016

EURO 2016 will be the fifth time that Croatia has qualified from the six campaigns since the country’s independence. On two occasions, the team has made it through to the quarter-finals. Although it was penalised by one point for the behaviour of fans during the 1-1 draw with Italy in Split, Croatia secured second place […]  More

On the ball: ZDF discusses preparations for EURO 2016 coverage

Bookmakers are placing World Cup winners Germany as joint favourites, with hosts France, for the Euro 2016 tournament. Joachim Low led Germany to that coveted trophy – its first since Euro 96 – and this year marks 10 years since he took charge of the national team. Not only that, in 1972 and 1974, West […]  More

On the ball: RTBF and VRT covering top-ranked Red Devils for EURO 2016

Belgium’s national team Les Diables rouges has achieved the number one spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings. So great things will be expected of the squad in the upcoming EURO Finals this summer. Coverage of the EURO 2016 tournament in Belgium is split between RTBF in the French language and VRT for the Flemish-speaking […]  More

On the ball: how the Swiss will watch the Euros

Group A of the Euro 2016 finals see first-time qualifiers Albania take on the far more experienced Switzerland. But one interesting fact that has come out of that group drawing is that while Albania could field six Swiss-born players in its national side, the Swiss have more than that number of potential starters eligible to […]  More

On the ball: how UEFA is preparing for EURO 2016 Football Championship

For the third time in the history of the game, France, the French Football Federation and French football as a whole are preparing to host the finals of the UEFA European Football Championship – known to most as UEFA EURO 2016. And perhaps returning to France is appropriate, as the whole idea of the Championships […]  More

Comprehensive media strategy: how Arsenal scores with its loyal fans

Long gone are the days when football clubs were just involved with 90 minutes on a pitch during each game. Today, the clubs are brands – and that means that alongside playing they must focus on hospitality, events, sponsorship, retail and, of course, media. During the fairly recent past, many of the top names in […]  More

IMG set to celebrate Trans World Sport milestone with 1500th episode

There are relatively few programmes that can claim to have reached episode 1,500 in an unbroken run. Yet the week of 25 January will see the IMG-produced Trans World Sport (TWS) reach that milestone. The show was conceived by Mark McCormack. The founder of IMG wanted his company to produce a sports anthology show with […]  More

Sunset+Vine discusses women’s Euro 2017 and FA Cup Final coverage plans

Although women’s football in England can be traced back to the late 19th century, it had something of a chequered popularity for the following 100 years or so. More recently, though, the women’s game has enjoyed significant growth. During the London Olympics 2012, for example, the Great Britain vs Brazil match at Wembley Stadium witnessed […]  More

White water crafting: Hit the Roof prepares for the Canoe Slalom Championships

Later this month 300 of the world’s top Canoe Slalom athletes will compete at London’s Lea Valley White Water Centre in the largest global canoeing event outside of the Olympic Games. Starting on 16 September, these competitors, drawn from more than 50 countries, will spend five days tackling the technically demanding Olympic course – the […]  More