Posts by Ian

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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World Cup 2010: England 1-1 USA

World Cup 2010: England 1-1 USA

By on Jun 12, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Okay, let’s get it out the way first up: Robert Green. He had only one save to make in that first half, when Clint Dempsey hit – or in truth barely half-hit – a low shot from maybe 28 yards out after forty minutes. It was a routine save, Green seemed to get his body behind it, got both hands to it, and yet somehow it squirmed over the line for the USA’s equaliser....

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World Cup 2010: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

World Cup 2010: Argentina 1-0 Nigeria

By on Jun 12, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 3 comments

Diego Armando Maradona’s last World Cup game as a player, was in 1994. Against Nigeria. So, it was fitting that his first World Cup game as a manager was against the same opponents. Maradona’s playing career was controversial, but at his peak he was capable of raising above average teams to great heights, both at club level with Napoli (both their Serie A titles...

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World Cup 2010: South Korea 2-0 Greece

World Cup 2010: South Korea 2-0 Greece

By on Jun 12, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Statistics are often as misleading as they are informative. On one hand this game is between the 2004 European Championship winners and the 2002 World Cup Semi-Finalists. Another way of describing the game is between a side whose World Cup finals record outside their own country is just one win in seventeen games (and that over African minnows Togo) and the only...

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World Cup 2010: Uruguay 0-0 France

World Cup 2010: Uruguay 0-0 France

By on Jun 11, 2010 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Game two then, and after all the discussion of squad selections and line-ups, we’ve already had a look at ITV’s opening performance and it’s time to see what the BBC’s much-vaunted team can do. Given all the hype that accompanies even a Europa Cup Group phase game these days, or a game to decide who finishes fourth in the league,...

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