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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Final Days & A Final Say

By on Jul 17, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

FINAL: France 0 Uruguay 0 (AET, France win 4-1 on pens) 3RD PLACE PLAY-OFF: Ghana 3 Iraq 0 The best team over the whole tournament won. The two teams who beat pre-tournament favourites Spain contested the final. And the tournament entered the final with a three-goals-per-game average, almost unheard of in modern times. So the fact that said final was one of the...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup – The Semi-Finals

By on Jul 13, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Results: France 2 Ghana 1; Uruguay 1 Iraq 1 (AET, 90 minutes 1-1, Uruguay win 7-6 on penalties) So, faced with all the exotic possibilities produced by an eclectic final 16, not least that of a Ghana v Iraq final, an extraordinary Under-20s World Cup tournament got ordinary at the semi-final stage and left us with a ‘traditional’ Europe v South America final. Two...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Seconds Out, Round Two

By on Jul 6, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Results: Spain 2 Mexico 1; Uzbekistan 3 Greece 1; Uruguay 2 Nigeria 1; France 4 Turkey 1; Chile 2 Croatia 0; Ghana 3 Portugal 2; Iraq 1 Paraguay 0 (AET, 90 minutes score… well… 0-0, of course); Korea Republic 1 Colombia 1 (AET, 90 minutes, 1-1, Korea Republic win 8-7 on pens) It’s  a near-tradition of international football tournament finals that at least one team...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: A Group Stage Overview

By on Jul 2, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Football tournament overviews in my name must always come with the same health warning. My ability to see good in such events is razor-sharp. My optimism during recent African and Asian Cups, and this event in Colombia in 2011, has survived some pretty mediocre football. So I understand if readers have pinches of salt at the ready when I declare the group stages in...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups E & F – And England’s Screaming… Again

By on Jul 1, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

Ooops. England played well in this tournament. No, they did. And yet…and yet… Anyway, more of them later. Group E Results: Croatia 2 New Zealand 1; Uruguay 4 Uzbekistan 0 There’ll be dancing on the streets of Zagreb tonight during what Eurosport commentator Tim Caple described as a “weekend of celebration for Croatia,” because they qualified for the last 16 in this...

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