Posts by Ian

World Cup 2010: England 0-0 Algeria

World Cup 2010: England 0-0 Algeria

By on Jun 19, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 10 comments

It would appear that Wayne Rooney is of the opinion that the England football team (and, especially upon this evening, his performance in particular) is worthy of the undying support of the English people and, in particular, of those that have given up valuable holiday time and a fistful of cash that they may or may not be able to afford to travel to South Africa to...

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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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