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World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England

World Cup 2010: Slovenia 0-1 England

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

I think it’s fair to say that the introduction’s already on site, so I’ll just go straight into the game. England line up as a 4-4-2, with Gerrard on the left and Milner on the right, and Defoe partnering Rooney up front.  As with last night’s Nigeria-South Korea report, I’ll include how the group stands, and any changes. 1. Slovenia 2. USA 3. England 4. Algeria The...

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England v Slovenia Preview: Was it Capello’s Fault Against Algeria?

England v Slovenia Preview: Was it Capello’s Fault Against Algeria?

By on Jun 23, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Many words have been written in many places concerning the England performance against Algeria on Friday. So many were written in the heat of the moment, without reflection and analysis. The mainstream media have already made manager Fabio Capello the scapegoat (and this was always likely to be the case, but that’s another column for another day), with the...

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World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (part 2)

World Cup Group Phase: Your Guide to the Permutations (part 2)

By on Jun 23, 2010 in Latest | 2 comments

Two more interesting groups play to a finish today – not only can all eight teams still qualify but all of them still have their fate still in their own hands. Albeit, only just in Australia’s case. A reminder again that the order of splitting teams is points, goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head records, then drawing of lots. Group C Slovenia 2 1...

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France Fall At The First

France Fall At The First

By on Jun 22, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

In England, it isn’t difficult to run into Francophobia. Sometimes it feels as if a range of feelings from mild dislike to irrational, rabid hatred are hard-wired into our DNA. As such, those of us that like (or even love) the country that lies just the other side of the English Channel can find ourselves fighting the corner for what became and remains this...

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World Cup 2010: Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

World Cup 2010: Nigeria 2-2 South Korea

By on Jun 22, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 4 comments

It’s the fault of Germany, Austria, Argentina and Peru, although it was bound to happen one day, although as Mexico and Uruguay proved earlier, some teams can enter a game knowing that a specific result benefits both sides, and still treat the game as any other. But, just in case the last two games kick off simultaneously, which is a shame for the viewer. The first...

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