Posts Tagged ‘world cup 2010’

Talking Points: Italy 1-1 Paraguay 0

Talking Points: Italy 1-1 Paraguay

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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 […]

Talking Points: Holland 2-0 Denmark 2

Talking Points: Holland 2-0 Denmark

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1. Time for Plan….A? I wasn’t overly impressed with Holland today. Granted, they were missing their star man in Arjen Robben, but their lack of a contingency plan in his absence puzzled me more than anything. Rafael Van Der Vaart was brought in initially as a direct replacement, but it’s been nearly 10 years since […]

Talking Points: Germany 4-0 Australia 1

Talking Points: Germany 4-0 Australia

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1. Özil Rules The tabloid headlines tomorrow will be full of Oz puns, but they won’t be referring to Australia. Mesut Özil delivered upon the hype that has surrounded him in South Africa following a stellar season for Werder Bremen. Özil plundered his way to a man of the match performance on the right hand […]

Talking Points: Serbia 0-1 Ghana 1

Talking Points: Serbia 0-1 Ghana

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1. Nil   A lot of people were predicting this game to be the first goal-fest of the 2010 World Cup, but look at Ghana’s recent competitive record, and you’ll find this result popping up a lot. In the 17 matches they have played in both qualifying and the 2010 African Cup of Nations, seven […]

Talking Points: England 1-1 USA 4

Talking Points: England 1-1 USA

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1. The Curse That Won’t Go Away Another game, another English goalkeeping horror. Poor Rob Green. He was given the ultimate vote of confidence starting ahead of David James and Joe Hart, and he goes and….does that. Can we blame the Jubilani football? Not at all, just a silly error and lapse of concentration from Rob […]

Talking Points: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria 0

Talking Points: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

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1. Cometh the Hour… Cometh the man. The world was watching as Lionel Messi took the pitch in Johannesburg today, and the little wonder did not disappoint. Messi was at the centre of almost everything Argentina did going forward, and his personal duel with Nigeria ‘keeper Vincent Enyeama was a delight to watch. Granted, Messi did not […]

Talking Points: Uruguay 0-0 France 1

Talking Points: Uruguay 0-0 France

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1. Play it safe Now it may just have been Uruguay and France’s respective tactics, but there war far fewer “hollywood passes” in this game than there were in the opener between South Africa and Mexico. As a rule, both teams kept their passes short and simple which allowed them to hold on to possession […]

Guest post: Missed the World Cup magazines? 1

Guest post: Missed the World Cup magazines?

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Looking for a handy way of catching up with all the runners and riders in this week’s (yes, this week’s!) World Cup? Looking for an excuse to buy an actual newspaper? You old fogey, you. Never fear, though – guest blogger Ronan Hunt-Murphy guides you through the best of the newspaper supplements devoted to the greatest footballing show on earth.

How are Italy planning to defend their title? 7

How are Italy planning to defend their title?

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Four years since the last World Cup, Lippi’s resignation seems like it was a mere sabbatical. Lippi has set out his stall, in principle, to take as many experienced heads as he can, even trying to persuade Alessandro Nesta The déja vu feeling does not stop at personnel with the Calciopoli case being re-opened with […]

World Cup Scouting: Honduras / Italy 0

World Cup Scouting: Honduras / Italy

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Honduras will take part in their second-ever World Cup this summer, making their first appearance since 1982. With a fantastic goal scoring record at international level, the experienced Carlos Pavon will be looking to fire Honduras into the last 16. Experienced is perhaps an understatement, the 36-year-old has taken in 19 different transfers over his […]