Posts by Ian

The Decline & Fall Of The European Empire?

The Decline & Fall Of The European Empire?

By on Jun 15, 2010 in Latest | 5 comments

We are now five days into the 2010 World Cup finals and already several key themes are being discussed ad infinitum. The weight of the balls being used and the influence of the vuvuzelas have already been discussed in the media to the point of saturation in the media (none of which is to say that we won’t return to these particular themes over the next couple...

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World Cup 2010: Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal

World Cup 2010: Ivory Coast 0-0 Portugal

By on Jun 15, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

If this World Cup has yet to really catch, there were high hopes beforehand that these two teams would provide the first really absorbing contest – both are packed with undoubted talent, and are probably battling for a single qualification sport behind Brazil. But with hindsight, this last factor was the critical one and ought to have made us realise that...

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World Cup 2010: New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia

World Cup 2010: New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia

By on Jun 15, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Having given the television coverage a review/kicking over the weekend, it’s time to take a look at the radio coverage of this World Cup. Ian Dennis is our host, and Jacqui Oatley and Graham Taylor are our commentary team for the opening stages, with Dennis taking over. Oatley is one of three prominent ladies at the World Cup, alongside Gabby Logan, and ITV’s Kelly...

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World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-0 Denmark

World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-0 Denmark

By on Jun 14, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Half way through the opening set of fixtures then, and we’ve already seen two of the semi-finalists in action. Only Germany have really looked good enough to be worthy of it so far, but the lower half of the draw contains more big guns, with favourites Spain and Brazil, not to mention holders Italy, all to come shortly. And then there’s Holland. They...

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World Cup 2010: Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

World Cup 2010: Algeria 0-1 Slovenia

By on Jun 13, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

I volunteered for this game. On paper it seemed a good idea to do. I’d seen Slovenia play Spain at Euro 2000, and Slovenia are some of the loudests fans I’ve ever come across. They only really have one song: “Kdor ne skače,ni Slovenc, hej, hej, hej”. And when they sing, they jump up and down in unison, and if you’re in the upper tier of a stadium with 10,000...

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