football back in the Eighties? Liverpool won everything
in sight whilst wearing painfully tight shorts, Pundits
and Managers alike wore tasteless sheepskin coats, All
the London players sported dodgy highlights, and Manchester
United were so reliably crap? Wasn’t it great back then?
And wasn’t it perfectly captured by one of the Commodore
64’s earliest cartridge offerings, International Soccer?
maybe not. But it was certainly ahead of its time. Almost
a decade before the release of the immortal Kick Off
2, Commodore fans were hurling terrace abuse at each
other over this nugget that has since become a nostalgic
gem, and rightly so.
what if the referee never blows for a foul? Admittedly
this means you have as much chance of being awarded
a penalty as the entire Holland squad have of scoring
one, but it matters not when you can become involved
in a midfield battle that can be as engaging and frustrating
(particularly on the higher levels) as any football
simulation you might tackle today.
are some curiosities for sure, which are uh... curious
to say the least:
1 - The incredible heading abilities some players seem
to possess at random intervals.
it really does take an enormous amount of skill to run
the entire length of the pitch, bobbing the ball up
and down on your head whilst managing to outrun your
2 - The completely disinterested team-mate.
playing football at school? Remember the rebel who just
stood with his back turned by the corner flag smoking
a fag? Ever wondered what happened to the useless lump?
Well, he’s right here.
Curiosity 3 - The schizophrenic goalie!
gets past this guy! He can impede virtually any well-measured
strike! He can thwart any point blank assault! Try walking
the ball into the goal, and he’ll frustrate you every
time! He even saves with his head! Unstoppable! Find
his blind spot and he’ll… er just stand there and watch
it trickle in. Tap in a diagonal effort and he’ll… er
limply jump into the air making it easier for the ball
to access its way into the net. Wonder if David James
used to play this?
was a crude but extremely funny version of this game
where the players were wheelchair bound and the goalies
were on crutches. What wouldn’t we give to see David
Beckham play like that?
Wheelchair is also worthy of your curiosity!
Sharpe (07 August 2000)
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