Posts by Ian

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast

World Cup 2010: Brazil 3-1 Ivory Coast

By on Jun 20, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 5 comments

There is a lot of hyperbole spoken about the Brazilian football team. Probably more than is spoken about any club or national side on the planet. It’s almost a mythology. Admittedly, it’s a mythology based on a handful of the most gifted players that have ever lived (see, even I buy into it, to a degree): Pele, Garrincha, Rivelinho, Zico. Even Brazil teams have...

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World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 New Zealand

World Cup 2010: Italy 1-1 New Zealand

By on Jun 20, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

When the World Cup was expanded to twenty-four nations for the tournament in Spain in 1982, the decision didn’t come without criticism. Some of it was reserved for the fact that twenty-four nations meant that the tournament had to take an almost absurd looking shape with two group stages (which was jettisoned after one tournament), but the majority of it was...

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World Cup 2010: Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay

World Cup 2010: Slovakia 0-2 Paraguay

By on Jun 20, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

So, it’s Sunday lunchtime and time for the stout yeomen of Slovakia and Paraguay to enter into battle in The Group (so far) Of Parity. Slovakia need a win more desperately than Paraguay today, having been held by New Zealand in their opening match. They will, of course, finish their group matches against Italy. Paraguay, by contrast, will take on New Zealand...

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Anelka’s Outburst Shows Up French Shortcomings

Anelka’s Outburst Shows Up French Shortcomings

By on Jun 20, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

Sitting an watching from the other side of “La Manche”, one of the few crumbs of comfort for England supporters over the first week of the 2010 World Cup finals has been the apparent disintegration of the France team over the same period of time. This reached its natural conclusion yesterday, when Nicolas Anelka was sent home from the tournament over a...

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World Cup 2010: Ghana 1-1 Australia

World Cup 2010: Ghana 1-1 Australia

By on Jun 19, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

This game sees us pass the halfway point of the group stages. By the end of Friday, we’ll have lost half of the teams, and we’ll know the shape of the knockout stages. Once we reach the knockout stages, most of the contrasting games (whether in ability, age or experience) will be over, and the main contrasts we’re likely to get between opponents are playing style...

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