Talking Points: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

Talking Points: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

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 […]

World Cup Accumulators: 15th-17th

World Cup Accumulators: 15th-17th

Part of the fun of the World Cup is that games endlessly churn out of our televisions at times of the day when we might not have even realised. Even the most avid football fan can be forgiven for drifting away from the action as the days begin to blend into one, particularly when the […]

Profligacy in front of goal costs Mexico

Profligacy in front of goal costs Mexico

While the eyes of the globe were on South Africa in the opening game of the FIFA World Cup, equally as interesting was the prospect of how Mexico would fair. Neat and tidy in possession from the start, the Mexicans replicated the composure they had shown against England at Wembley last month. Their fluid and […]

World Cup Scouting: South Korea / Mexico

World Cup Scouting: South Korea / Mexico

South Korea will enter their seventh consecutive World Cup tournament this summer and be quietly confident they can overcome Argentina, Greece and Nigeria to advance. Despite the impressive qualifying record of the Asian side, only once have they made the progression out of the group stages. It was 2002 on home soil when Guus Hiddink’s […]

Talking Points: England 3-1 Mexico

Talking Points: England 3-1 Mexico

England kicked-off their World Cup preparation tonight in Wembley against an attack minded, adventurous Mexican team. Much debate centred around what line-up Fabio Capello would choose, with the Chelsea contingent (and David James) not available given their season had ended just a week ago. Capello decided to start  with a kind of 4-2-3-1/or 4-4-2 formation, […]