England finally kick-started their slow start to the World Cup with an improved performance and a 1-0 win over Slovenia, progressing to the last sixteen on top of Group C as they await one of any of the teams on Group D.
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 […]
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 […]
Eyes were on the RDS in Dublin this evening as the Republic of Ireland took on England’s World Cup opponents Algeria in an international friendly. As were mine, as I took a close look at another steady Ireland performance since the heartbreak of Paris, as well as the Algerian side who will be facing England […]
In the first of BackPageFootball’s World Cup scouting articles, Matthew Wood looks at players to watch from Algeria and Argentina. Once proclaimed as the ‘next Zidane’ by supporters in France (and no, it’s not Bruno Cheyrou), now playing in Serie A with Lazio, Mourad Meghni could provide the creative spark to boost Algeria’s aspirations of […]