Why has England not won a major football competition since 1966

Adam Burrows, Ben Massey, Sam Drakeford

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This chapter discussed possible reasons for the English national football team failing to win any major titles in the 48 years since winning the world cup in 1966. A total of sixty ‘face to face’ questionnaires were conducted with football fans who considered themselves to be knowledgeable about the game. The data suggested that the type of football played by the national team, the youth system, the commitment of players and the notion of ‘luck’ were all possible reasons as to why the national team had failed to win a major competition since the world cup victory in 1966.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sports Monograph: Critical perspectives on socio-cultural sport, coaching and Physical Education
EditorsClive Palmer
Place of PublicationPreston, Lancashire
PublisherSSTO Publications
Number of pages358
ISBN (Print)978-0-9566270-6-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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