Where Did Three Lions on the Shirt Come From?

Three Lions on the Shirt: From Henry II to Skinner and Baddiel (summary as follows):

Every couple of years, at the dawn of every international tournament, a curious ritual begins to take place in England, heralding the imminent arrival of the World Cup or European Championships. Frank Skinner and David Baddiel’s 1996 anthem “Three Lions,” produced in tandem with Liverpudlian rock band the Lightning Seeds, seems to become the de facto national anthem, blasting through car windows, home stereos and even nightclub soundsystems.

The title of the song refers, of course, to the England football team’s badge, adorned with three lions. Instantly recognisable, the England badge is memorable, boasts incredible longevity and invokes a sense of national pride for many, making it a great example of strong design and brand choices.

But what are the badge’s origins? How did we come to be represented by three lions? And how has the design endured as a symbol of English identity? Branding expert Solopress takes a look at the history behind our most famous footballing symbol.

Key Findings: 

  • England’s Royal Family was first represented by three lions as early as 1198, when Richard I chose three lions to adorn his heraldry
  • When the Football Association (FA) was formed during the 19th century, they adopted the three lions as their logo.
  • For the first official international game between England and Scotland in 1872, the England players wore white shirts with three lions beneath a crown.
  • The 1996 anthem ‘Three Lions’ by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and the Lightning Seeds further drove home the association between English football and the three lions iconography.

Which Arsenal player will you support at the World Cup?

Ozil holding World CupAlthough there is the World Cup in Russia this summer, just for a change there are not many Arsenal players selected for the international squads, which may give the Gunners a good start for the beginning of next season but could make it a boring tournament for us in terms of seeing Arsenal players on the field.

So who will we see, and what are their chances of going all the way to the Final? I have just been looking at the prices to win the World Cup on http://thearsenalblog.com/best-sex-dating-sites-free/ and surprisingly Brazil are the 5/1 favourites. They usually are, but they may find the conditions in Russia a bit different to South America and in fact the last one was held in Brazil.

The winner 4 years ago was Germany with our Mesut Ozil. They are priced at 11/2 second favourites, and although he will probably be fit for the latter stages he is currently still nursing the back problem from the end of our season, and also has a new knee injury. I’m worried how much we will see of him if at all. Just so long as he comes back fit for the new season…

So I guess a lot of Arsenal fans will also be following England, who are 16/1, but our only player is Danny Welbeck, and he is unlikely to be in the starting XI. There is a little possibility that the Three Lions could be a value bet, but they have an awful record at Finals. Maybe Gareth Southgate could be ultra defensive and win every game on penalties? Hmm I doubt it!

Hector Bellerin didn’t make the Spain squad despite his hairdo and fashion style, but the no-nonsense Nacho Monreal will be there but they are probably too short a price at 6/1. I would rather back the European Champions Portugal who are 25/1. At least they have Ronaldo!

We will now have Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner in the Switzerland squad. It would be good to see our new signing in action and at 100/1 could be worth a Pound or two…

Who else have we got? Mohamed Elneny got injured at the end of the season but Egypt are hopefully he will recover in time as he is definitely one of their best players. Would you fancy a flutter at 150/1?

Or what about Iwobi? I think Nigeria has already won the competition for the most impressive shirts at the tournament, but at 200/1 it could be worth an interest. Their opponents would be too dazzled to fight back!

Our 8th and last contestant is David Ospina, who has been known to produce some some amazing heroics at international level. Colombia have some amazing players, so could be interesting at 33/1. Let’s be honest, we have seen many strange results in big competitions. Whose side will FIFA be supporting, maybe the home side Russia at 40/1….

Who will you be following?


Arsene Wenger made it clear that he still wanted to remain in management after parting ways with Arsenal after 22 years, but he also said that he would find it very hard to go to a different club in England and have to come to the Emirates as an opposing manager.

It is strange that he has given another interview to Bein Sports on the day that Zinedine Zidane has resigned from Real Madrid, despite winning the Champions League for the third time in a row, and Wenger also discussed that he had turned down the job at the Bernabeau on a number of occasions. Le Prof said: “Real Madrid I think I turned down two or three times you know,” he said. “It’s one of the teams I loved when I was a kid. I just felt that it was a very sensitive period for Arsenal Football Club.

“When we built the [Emirates] stadium the banks asked me to commit for five years. The first time I thought it was inside the five year and I thought I cannot do that, that would betray my club.”

But now the job is up for grasbs and there is no reason why Wenger couldn’t accept the challenge now, and he is looking for a job that will “test” him. “It is exciting because you will be tested again, that’s what I want again in my life basically I am a competitor who needs to be tested,” Wenger said. “I don’t know exactly what will happen now, but I am in front of an empty page and I will have to write the next chapter.”

Will that new chapter begin in the Spanish capital?

Wenger sweating on fitness of Arsenal international stars

At least after tonight the Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger will no longer have to wait and wonder with trepidation about the fitness of the Arsenal players on international duty, as the latest round of friendly games and World Cup qualifying fixtures will be over.

So far this international break has been good to the Gunners, with Mesut Ozil getting a run out for germany to boost his fitness for the home clash with Man City on Sunday. In fact every Gunner joining up with their national teams have come through in one piece and we even got the bonus of Alexis Sanchez proving that the knock to his ankle was no problem as he played the full 90 minutes for Chile in Argentina.

However, the Chilean striker is one of the major concerns left for the Arsenal manager, who will be sweating on the outcome of their match at home to Venezuela tonight. If anything happens to rule Sanchez out of the weekend’s Premier League fixture it could spell disaster for us and our chances of another top four finish.

The same can also be said of Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny who are both likely to be in action for France in their friendly match with Spain. If Wenger sees these three Gunners heading back to London in one piece he will feel a lot more confident of getting the result we need against Man City. If not, who knows?

Looking for Arsenal’s biggest fan in America. Is it you?

VisitBritain launches search for America’s super Premier League fan

VisitBritain has launched a competition to find America’s biggest Premier League fan and send them on a dream trip to the UK to attend a Premier League football match.
The competition calls for football enthusiasts from across the US to record a short video that explains what makes them the biggest Premier League fan in America.

The US ranks fourth globally for the number of overseas visitors to Britain who watch a live Premier League match during their trip.

VisitBritain Marketing Director Clare Mullin said: 

“The Premier League has a global fan base of billions so this is a fantastic opportunity to promote the energy and excitement of attending a match and exploring our vibrant football cities. The US has some of the most passionate football fans in the world and we look forward to bringing the biggest Premier League fan to Britain to experience one of the many amazing football moments that can only be had here.” 

The competition is being promoted online with the hashtags #SuperFootballFan and #OMGB (Oh My GREAT Britain). It is part of VisitBritain’s global #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ campaign which showcases the amazing moments that can only be had on a trip to Britain.

Britain is known globally as the ‘home of football’ and football is the number one sporting draw for international tourists to Britain.

More than 800,000 international visitors attended a Premier League football match during their trip to Britain in 2014, and they spent £684 million – highlighting not only the value to the UK economy of football tourism but its importance as a global draw for visitors.

VisitBritain has encouraged visitors from all over the world to travel to Britain and enjoy a Premier League football match with its Football is GREAT campaign, as part of its drive to get tourists out exploring more of regional Britain. Football is GREAT and #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ are part of the UK Government’s global GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes the very best of what Britain has to offer as a place to visit, study, invest and do business.

Latest figures show that there were 2.7 million visits from the US to the UK from January to September 2016, up 3% on the same period in 2015, with visitors spending £2.5 billion, up 9% on the same period in 2015 and the highest spend for any January – September period since records began in 1961.

Last year was a record-breaker for overall inbound tourism to the UK with 37.3 million visits, up 3.4% on 2015, with visitors spending £22.2 billion, matching 2015’s record spend.

VisitBritain’s forecast shows that this growth is set to continue with 38.8 million visits this year, while spending by overseas visitors is predicted to reach £23.9 billion.

Video entries for VisitBritain’s Premier League competition can be submitted online until 31 March 2017. Further details can be found here: www.visitbritain.com/superfan

Should Arsenal bring back Dennis Bergkamp?

Whilst rumours over the past day may suggest that Arsene Wenger is swaying towards another season with the club after this campaign, it doesn’t stop the stories and questions surrounding who his potential successor could be. Diego Simeone and Jochaim Low may be big names in the limelight, but Arsenal have also been linked with the lesser known managerial gems of Eddie Howe and even our very own former player Dennis Bergkamp.
Bergkamp who retired from professional football with the Gunners after many glorious years in North London under Arsene Wenger, has always been one name to be tipped as a potential candidate to take over the Arsenal post once Wenger decides enough is enough. The former forward currently has a role in management at Dutch side Ajax, where he admits he is very happy, but there are also hints he could soon be ready to take the next step up as a manager elsewhere.
Of course the rumours then set in and the media links Bergkamp’s interest with the potential slot available at Arsenal in the not too distant future. But would Bergkamp seriously return to London with Arsenal?
Speaking about his career at this point, Bergkamp said: “At the moment I am happy in my role at Ajax. I have a say in sporting terms and in policy making. Besides this I like being on the training pitch with the first team and helping the players improve, so at the moment I’m happy. Though I won’t rule out making a move to another country and working abroad in the future, either as a coach or in another staff position.”
It’s the last line of his statement where the media make their links to Arsenal and of course there’s no doubt that he probably would be interested in working with Arsenal again if the chance was to arise. However realistically I don’t think there’s a possibility of Bergkamp coming back to the Gunners, mainly hinging on the fact that he does not like flying. It was a well known fact during his time at Arsenal, that Bergkamp did not like flying at all and as a result of this, he missed many key games for the Gunners.
If it was the case where he was the Arsenal manager, this would put a strain on the club’s fixtures in Europe, as well even long trips to other part of England where Arsenal choose to fly rather than use other modes of transport. Not having the club’s team manager present for these games, or reduced time in preparation is exactly the reason for why Henry wasn’t allowed to coach the Arsenal youth team and stay at Sky Sports at the same time. I therefore highly doubt they would allow such a case regarding the first team managers position!
I have no doubt that Bergkamp would have the right ideas and an interesting philosophical approach to the game. In fact I think Bergkamp shares a similar approach to Arsene Wenger when it comes to understanding the game and how it should be played. Bergkamp would therefore be in a similar position to Wenger when he joined as a relatively unknown figure in football management, with extremely little experience.
Would Bergkamp be someone the big bosses at Arsenal would be interested in? Personally I don’t think they would be interested in appointing him as the club manager, but it would no doubt be good to have the Dutch master back at the club in some coaching capacity.

Arsenal stars set for crucial roles in crunch England/Wales matches

England and Wales take on Slovakia and Russia respectively tonight, as they seek to qualify in the best possible places for the knock-out rounds.

Get into the excitement of tonight’s match by listening to some classic England World Cup songs, which have got me raring for the coming encounter.

The Dragons come into tonight’s match needing to avoid defeat in order to seal a place in the top three, which is highly likely to be enough to seal a place in the next round, with four of the remaining five groups third-placed sides unlikely to all finish with a better points and goal difference.

Aaron Ramsey is set to play a key role in their side’s bid to seal promotion, which will be guaranteed by a win tonight.

England are also in action at the same time tonight, but their place in the top three is already confirmed at the moment, but could still drop out of the tournament with a loss. It is extremely unlikely that their current points tally would not be enough to qualify as one of the better placed third-placed teams.

The Three Lions will be aiming to win their match with Slovakia in order to cement their winning of the group, which would see them drawn against one of the four third-place finishers in the first knock-out round.

Jack Wilshere is set to make his first start of the tournament in place of Dele Alli or Wayne Rooney, with the pair set to be rested/dropped. He is expected to line up in a midfield three along with Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson, while Jamie Vardy is also expected to be promoted to the first-team tonight.

We only sing when we’rewinning!

Which Arsenal player will bring back the Euro16 winners medal?

Arsenal have six current players (I haven’t included Granit Xhaka) set to feature in this summers Euro16 tournament in France, but which one is most likely to bring back the trophy and the bragging rights to the Gunners dressing room?

We have Petr Cech appearing for the Czech Republic, and also the departed Tomas Rosicky. We also have (the nearly departed) Wojciech Szczesny in goal for Poland, but I think we can safely exclude them from the possible winners. If you do want to take a chance on them then Poland are around 50/1 and the Czechs are right out at 100/1

This leaves four more Gunners and they are in three of the first four favourites for the trophy. England and Jack Wilshere are currently priced at 8/1, while Mesut Ozil’s Germany are the second favourites at 4/1, while we have both Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud in the France side, who are 7/2 favourites playing with home advantage.

All Arsenal fans will be keen to see how Jack Wilshere shapes up on his return from injury for England, but I don’t think you will find many supporters outside of England that will actually believe that Roy Hodgson’s side could emerge victorious exactly 50 years after England won the World Cup.

So, depending on your opinion of what’s the best football live betting site in UK, you should check out the best prices on France and Germany, although, again, looking at it from an Arsenal point of view, France may be playing at home, I wouldn’t fancy any team to win a trophy with Giroud as their main striker, lol. Would you?

So I am going to go with the World Cup Winners and our very own super assist-king Mesut Ozil to bring back another trophy. I think I will also have a little punt on Ozil to win the Player-of-the-tournament (around 25/1) if he carries on providing chances like he did all season for Arsenal, even if they weren’t converted!

The Arsenal stars I’m backing for Euro 2016

The playing season is over for Arsenal, and it is time to prepare ourselves for the upcoming European Championships, but that doesn’t mean I will be putting my club shirt away for the summer.

Eight of our players have been selected for their respective countries provisional squads for Euro 2016, and I will be keeping a close eye on a number of them for different reasons.

Jack Wilshere is our only star set to grace the England side this summer, and while my priority will be for Jack to return from international duty injury-free, I will of course also be cheering on the Lions. I’m usually one to have a sentimental bet on our side to win the tournament, but the 9/1 (10.0) available is a little short for my liking.

Ramsey is set to star for Wales in the competition, where they will come up against England in the group stages. The Welsh are a worthy value bet to win the group at 11/2 (6.5), with Russia and Slovakia both in the group also.

Rosicky is no longer with us, but he still remains in my heart, and will be lining up alongside Petr Cech in the Czech team this summer. They are an outside bet to win their group at 10/1 (11.0), but for that to happen I would expect our number one to have to have an outstanding tournament, which would hardly be a surprise occurrence.

Mesut Ozil and on-loan goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could be set to battle with Poland and Germany in the Group C together, although the latter is not guaranteed a starting place. The German star is 20/1 shout to pick up the Player of the Tournament, and with his side amongst the favourites to win the competition, that could prove to be a huge price.

New signing Granit Xhaka will come up against team-mates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in Group A, and will be an exciting watch for those not quite in the know about the creative midfielder. The striker is the bet to look at though, with Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann likely to free up plenty of space for the striker in the final third of the playing field. Giroud is 14/1 (15.0) in the betting to top the goalscoring charts, which for me, is HUGE for the central striker of the favourites and hosts of the tournament.

What will you be backing this summer?

Which Arsenal stars should you be backing this summer

The European Championships are right around the corner, and after an exciting week of international fixtures, we thought we’d look ahead to the upcoming competition.

A number of Arsenal fans are set to take each other on for their respective countries, and I’m big on having a sentimental bet, and will be looking for some value to be had from the tournament.

Mesut Ozil has been on top form this season, but unfortunately there is not a market for who will create the most goals, so it could be worth looking towards the German side for the top goalscorer market. Thomas Muller is the favourite, and it is hard to disagree with that given his previous record in international competitions. With Ozil there to provide him with ample chances, the double for Muller/Germany in the outright market at 16/1 (17.0) is well worth a punt.

Petr Cech has been in his usual fine form this year also, and he will be hard to beat for even the strongest side. The Czech team do have a tough group with Turkey, Spain and Croatia to battle with, but I can’t ignore the valuable 7/2 (4/5) odds for his side to finish second in their group.

The real value for us Arsenal fans however, has to be the 50/1 (51.0) shot on the in-form Danny Welbeck to be top goalscorer during the tournament. He can be backed each-way, which will mean a return of £135 should he finish in the top four, or £645 should he top the ranking from a £10 each-way stake (£20 total outlay). England are sure-fire to make it out of the group stages, and should come up against one of the third-placed teams from another group, or even if they finished second in Group B, would then have to play against the runner-up in Group F, which is not the strongest group on paper.

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