Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

Inter offered hope to World Cup underdogs 0

Inter offered hope to World Cup underdogs

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32 nations. 64 games. Millions watching worldwide. Many of whom are scratching their heads and wondering why their country is struggling so much at the World Cup. European Champions Inter Milan may hold the key to the answer. England and Italy have both opened with a pair of uninspiring draws against less illustrious opponents, while France can […]

World Cup Accumulators: 18th-20th 1

World Cup Accumulators: 18th-20th

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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 […]

All White on the Night 0

All White on the Night

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Looking down and out with 92 minutes on the clock, a dramatic late equaliser from Winston Reid gave New Zealand their first ever World Cup point against Slovakia in their Group F clash. Everyone likes a feel good story, an underdog succeeding against the odds, and the 2010 World Cup got its first as plucky New Zealand snatched a point […]

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 2) 3

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 2)

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Another day closer to the big kick off, and we’re back with the second part of our World Cup predictions. Who will be the biggest let down (country)? Kevin Coleman: Italy. I think they’ll struggle hugely for a side who only four years ago were on top of the world. Neil Sherwin: Portugal. They limped […]

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 1) 6

BPF Predicts: The World Cup (Part 1)

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With the World Cup just over a week away, there are reputations on the line as some of the BackPageFootball regulars give their predictions. Who will win the World Cup? Kevin Coleman: I’m going to go predictably here and pick Spain. They’ve had the same squad for a couple of years now, and are as […]

World Cup Scouting: Netherlands / New Zealand 3

World Cup Scouting: Netherlands / New Zealand

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After a hugely impressive group stage performance at the European Championship two years ago (dispatching of France, Italy and Romania), the Netherlands will be desperate to replicate the same form beyond the first round this time around. Despite only playing in one qualifying match during Holland’s road to South Africa, Eljero Elia could be Bert […]