Posts by Ian

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 2-2 United States of America

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 2-2 United States of America

By on Jun 18, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

I’ve seen both of these nations in major competitions. As you may have noticed from the Slovenia-Algeria report, I saw the Slovenians at Euro 2000. The USA however, were one of the teams playing at my first live World Cup match in 2006 – their opponents were Italy, in what was one of the games of the tournament. And that was the point at which my view on American’s...

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World Cup 2010: France 0-2 Mexico

World Cup 2010: France 0-2 Mexico

By on Jun 17, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

It’s hotting up, you know. Two terrifically entertaining matches this afternoon in South Africa have continued the 2010 World Cup’s awakening from slumber, and this evening France play Mexico in Group A. France’s advancement to the finals wasn’t, of course without controversy, but there is no place in their starting eleven this evening for...

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World Cup 2010: Greece 2-1 Nigeria

World Cup 2010: Greece 2-1 Nigeria

By on Jun 17, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Finally the tournament has come to life. In the twenty four hours before this game we’ve had some fine football played by Switzerland, Uruguay and Argentina, some drama and our first proper upset in the first of these games. We’ve even had some controversy going on off-the-field too. If we needed a reminder that behind this celebration of world football...

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World Cup 2010: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

World Cup 2010: South Africa 0-3 Uruguay

By on Jun 16, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Today is National Youth Day in South Africa. It marks the anniversary of the start of the 1976 Soweto riots, which began with the death of twenty-three people after the police opened fire on a protest in the township against the imposition of Arikaans in schools. The events of that day caused revulsion around the world – prompted in no small part by a horrific...

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World Cup 2010: Brazil 2-1 North Korea

World Cup 2010: Brazil 2-1 North Korea

By on Jun 15, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

It’s easy to disguise ignorance with mockery, and so it seems with this evening’s intriguing match between Brazil and North Korea. Before the match, ITV treats us to as many cliches about North Korea as they can fit into thirty minutes to cover up the fact that very few us know anything particularly significant about them. A quick look at the AFC...

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