The U21 European Championships wasn’t enough. The U17 World Cup wasn’t enough. The Women’s World Cup wasn’t enough. No, we need our proper football fix and it’s finally here in the shape of the culture and exoticism of the 2011 Copa America.
Argentina v Germany Cape Town, Saturday at 3PM Of all the quarter-final showdowns, this is the one that has attracted most interest from football fans. Diego Maradona’s Argentina, fueled by unity and togetherness, against Joachim Loew’s Germany, built on structure and efficiency. Like Brazil today, this will be the strongest opponent Argentina have come across […]
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 […]
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 […]
1. Wish you were here… How bad do Italy miss Francesco Totti? Not just Totti, but how bad do they miss Alessandro Del Piero and Robert Baggio? The age of the trequartista seems to be over in Italy with the former two approaching retirement, and with the only other real candidate in Antonio Cassano being […]
Nigeria return to the World Cup scene after missing out four years ago, they do so following an unbeaten qualifying campaign. While Inter Milan starlet Victor Obinna faces tough competition to start in South Africa it could be hard to ignore the talented 23-year-old for coach Lars Lagerback. After joining Cheivo in 2005 Obinna has […]