New Zealand can again hold their heads up high after pushing World Champions Italy all the way in their second game of the 2010 World Cup.
Archive for June, 2010
Australia’s hopes of emulating their 2006 knockout stage appearance hangs by a thread after their 1-1 draw with Ghana in Group D today.
All eyes are yet again on the England camp following their disappointing performance against Algeria, and Dave Cooper looks at one of the biggest talking points to emerge from Fabio Capello’s reign.
In the first of a new series where we look at some of the football related iPhone applications, Neil Sherwin gives his thoughts on Football Stars by ElastikMobile. Application – FootballStars Available From – www.elastikmobile.com / iTunes store Cost – €1.59 / £1.19 Rating: 7.5 / 10 Make it a World Cup to remember by getting to know [...]
The Robert Green howler which cost England a win over the USA on Saturday night has left Fabio Capello with a massive selection headache, but Tyrone Marshall believes that faith is needed in the West Ham man. Fabio Capello must make a firm decision on his first-choice goalkeeper in the coming days and stick to [...]
Having had my last accumulator rudely scuppered by a rather dull 0-0 draw between the Ivory Coast and Portugal, the World Cup duly decided to rub it in by allowing the Swiss to beat the favourites Spain and simultaneously splash a further helping of egg on my face. Despite this, I have come back for [...]
Not unique to Italy, Co-Ownership is a system whereby two clubs own the contract of a player jointly – each having a half share, although the player is only registered to play for one club. It is known as “compartecipazione” and is also common in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. “Aaaaargh!!!!!!” Its benefits seem to be [...]
The second round of group stage games kicked off this evening with Uruguay beating host nation South Africa 3-0. The goals came from Diego Forlan, first undoubtedly the goal of the tournament (so far), the second resulting from a dubious penalty decision. Alvaro Pereira then added salt into the wounds of the home crowd with [...]
1. Swiss Roll Over Spain The headline writes itself and will no doubt be repeated across the globe, but it sums up the situation perfectly as the tournament’s first genuine shock took place today. Switzerland parked the bus and just stopped short of letting down the tyres at times as they attempted to snuff out [...]
1. That’s More Like It A tremendous display of relentless attacking football from Chile was just the breath of fresh air this tournament has needed. We’ve raved about Marcelo Bielsa’s tactics on BackPageFootball, which he slightly altered today. Instead of his famous 3-3-1-3, Bielsa went for a slightly more conservative 4-2-1-3. Given that, conservative is [...]