Site Introduction

I have had this site for a while to test some of the technology that is used on the main ibo site, but was conscious that the sheer number of pages on the main site was getting to be unmanageable. The easy answer was to strip out the non-Saints related stuff, the 2012 European Championships and the 2014 World Cup, which are not an inconsiderable number of pages in their own right. The number of pages that needed re-writing was the very thing that was putting me off doing anything about it. There was always something better to do than wade through the content and I was put off by the sheer amount of time that would be involved.

What eventually pushed me into doing something about it was that I had been talking to Spot51, one of the IBO regulars about how we would cover the 2016 European Championships. So, rather than make an already cluttered site worse, I decided to move the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014 content over here and use a completely different look and feel.

The coverage of the 2016 European Championships is now complete and I hope that it will stand as a record of the passage of the competition, with more Saints interest than ever before.

I hope you like what you find, but expect the site to still be in a state of flux for a while, as I move the remaining 2014 World Cup stuff over from the main IBO site


January 2016

(updated July 2016)


Russia 2018

World Cup Venues

Just looking at the map brings home to you what a simply vast country Russia actually is. And how much of the country is not even involved in the competition.

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World Cup 2018

This section will cover the World Cup this Summer and is changing daily at the moment.

The first section up and running is/was the Stadia section from IBO author, Spot51. He has written a brief background for each of the twelve stadiums, including a bit of history, to put it all into context for you.

Click on the button below to take you directly to the IBO World Cup 2018 section.


June 2018


2014 World Cup Venues

Brazil, usual story. Venues still being worked on as the competition started. Manaus which was only accessible by air and was never to be used for football again. Oh yes, and scene of England's first game.

As it turned out it was a great World Cup, with a riveting final.

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The 2014 World Cup

Because of the sheer size and complexity of these pages, they will probably be the last to be moved across. Initially there will not be a huge amount of stuff on here and I will put a link back to the original pages on the world Cup section here, as a temporary measure.

Even now, looking back, I break out into a cold sweat at the thought of having to cover several matches a day in the early stages. None of this would have been possible, if it were not for the regular members of the IBO Forum stepping up to the plate and producing match report after match report.

A huge thank you to them all.


March 2016


Euro 2016 Venues

This time the competition is in just the one country, having been split between Poland and Ukraine four years ago.

The smallest capacity stadium is Toulouse, down in the South West which holds 33,000 and at the other end of the spectrum is the Stade de France in Saint-Denis to the North of Paris, which holds 80,000.

The final will be held in the Stade de France on the 10th July.

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The 2016 European Championships

Once again IBO will be covering a major football extravaganza, this time UEFA's Euro 2016, which will be hosted by France from the 10th June to the 10th July.

The last time the Euro's were held four years ago, there were 16 teams spread over 8 venues in Poland and the Ukraine. This time there will be 24 teams in 10 venues. So, there are eight more teams and two more venues.

The qualifying teams are :

France (as host), Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales.

So, we will have a fair amount of Saints related interest, with players involved with six, or seven countries.

In a while Spot's preview articles will start appearing, so keep an eye on the site as it develops. I will be posting a heads up on the IBO Forum when we get to the preview stage.


March 2016


Euro 2012 Venues

It looks strange looking at this map now, with all the political turmoil that has taken place in the Ukraine. Particularly with the fighting around Donetsk in the east of the country, which was where England played their first match in the competition.

There was controversy at the time in the Ukraine This had to do with the treatment of ex-president Yulia Tymoshenko, who was controversially serving a seven-year sentence for alleged abuse of office and was on hunger strike after claiming she had been beaten by her guards.

Tymoshenko, who was the main rival of incumbent Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich, was in a prison in the city of Kharkiv, one of the venues during the tournament.

Several European politicians had said they intend to stay away from the former Soviet republic in protest since she launched the hunger strike on April 20 that year. They include the representatives of Austria, Holland and Belgium, which have all hosted the championship within the last 12 years.

Rather more high profile in the UK was Prince William, who is President of the FA, stating that he will not travel to the Ukraine to watch England play their group matches in Donetsk.

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The 2012 European Championships

This was IBO's first attempt at covering one of the major championships and proved very popular at the time. It has to be said that this was down to the drive and determination of one of IBO's Forum regulars, Spot51.

We were both feeling our way at the time and I am afraid that the website became a bit disorganised and dysfunctional towards the end. What we have is an interesting record of the competition four short years ago. It is interesting to read through the reports at mentions of now familiar names, and some not so familiar.

To get started just click on the ‘Euro 2012’ button underneath, or the link at the top of the page.

Anyway, go and have a wallow in nostalgia and contrast it with how the 2016 Championship unfolds this summer.


January 2016

part of the itsbeautifuloutside network

itsbeautifuloutside (or IBO for short) consists of four different sites:

  1. This is the main part of the group, carrying the most recent match reports and those of the Premier League seasons since promotion back to the top flight in May 2012.
  2. This site mainly concentrates on the recent past history of Saints, notably the Liebherr years in the First Division and The Championship, together with a section on memories of some of the more noteable occasions, from the FACup Final of 2003 to more recent dates, like the EFLCup Final of 2017.
  3. This site - which was set up to cover World Cup and Euro competitions by Saints fans who post on the IBO Forum.
  4. The IBO Forum, run on the American ProBoards network. Have a look and see what nonsense we get to talk about!