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Archive for June, 2010
Along with England v Germany, Portugal v Spain represented another titanic battle of rival nations. The so-called Iberian derby was billed by many as a potential classic. Free-flowing, end-to-end attacking football was hoped for, but as they did against the Brazilians, Portugal set out to frustrate and stifle the opposition, resting hopes of a goal […]
The final last sixteen day managed just one goal in open play. We had to wait for over 180 minutes of football before David Villa scored Spain’s winner in a tight Iberian derby with Portugal. Paraguay, meanwhile, left their victory until penalties where they remained unfazed and converted all five, knocking out Japan in one […]
England are out (again) and the inquest has begun (again). So do we blame the manager for his tactics or the players for lacking ‘passion’ or skill? Do we blame the media for pressuring the team? Or should we just blame the Germans for being better than us? Whilst searching for answers let’s consider whether […]
In the wake of England’s miserable World Cup, Mark Darby gets out his crystal ball and looks at how the team might line up for Brazil 2014.
In day three of the round of sixteen, Brazil collide with Chile in what will surely be one of the games of the tournament, and the Netherlands clash with the side who toppled the reigning champions, Slovakia. Netherlands -v- Slovakia Durban, 16:00 local time Netherlands – comfortable in qualifications but have yet to get into […]
England were taught a footballing lesson by perennial rivals Germany this afternoon as Fabio Capello’s men were sent packing from the World Cup in South Africa. Kevyn Doran sifts through the rubble of the Italian’s fallen empire to find the answer to the question on a nation’s lips this summer: Just what exactly went wrong? […]
Uruguay 2-1 South Korea Uruguay booked the first spot in the quarter finals of the World Cup this afternoon with a 2-1 win over South Korea. After a superb group stage, Diego Forlan was unusally subdued but step up Luis Suarez of Ajax who snatched two goals against the spritely Koreans. The teams and formations […]
On Sunday, England and Germany meet in a mouth watering clash between two of the world’s biggest footballing countries, while Diego Maradona’s unbeaten Argentina play Mexico in a bid to progress to the final eight. Germany -v- England Bloemfontein, 16:00 local time Germany – exciting new look side have been impressive – Despite going through […]
It’s time to get down to the real business, the final sixteen of the World Cup. After what was nothing short of a group stage of disappointments in between a few shocks, the deadwood has been put to one side and the cream of the World Cup crop after left to fulfill our summer’s entertainment. […]