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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups A & B Arrive At Their Climax

By on Jun 29, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Group A results: Spain 2 France 1; Ghana 4 United States 1 So. Farewell then. The United States. Given the 4-1 pastings the Americans took from Spain and Ghana, there will be some French eyebrows raised at the inability of their clearly talented youngsters to follow suit. That, though, would be to deny the Ghanaians credit for a blistering display against the US,...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups E & F (Featuring… England)

By on Jun 27, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Groups E and F Group E Results: Chile 2 Egypt 1; England 2 Iraq 2; Chile 1 England 1; Iraq 2 Egypt 1 “Well, we’ve cast our eyes around all the major contenders. Now it’s England’s turn.” So said Eurosport’s Wayne Boyce, just before England’s tournament opener against Iraq, possibly not quite meaning it to sound like that. Mind you, he and co-commentator Danny Mills...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups C & D

By on Jun 27, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Results Group C: Colombia 1 Australia 1; Turkey 3 El Salvador 0; El Salvador 2 Australia 1; Turkey 0 Colombia 1 Group D: Greece 2 Mexico 1; Paraguay 1 Mali 1; Paraguay 1 Mexico 0; Mali 0 Greece 0 Group of Death? You want a group of death? Group D’s the name. Gaziantep’s the place. In the interests of fairness, it must be said that this jaundiced view is based on...

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The 2013 Under-20 World Cup: Groups A & B

By on Jun 26, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

Blimey. If you thought English Premier League defending was “dreeeeaaaadful” (copyright Alan Hansen) last season, and it was, wait ‘til you see what’s coming. Groups A and B The opening day of the FIFA Under-20s World Cup was a bit of a joy to behold for lovers of expansive and positive football. But Christ on a bike, what was going on at the back? British Eurosport...

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Won’t Somebody Please Think Of The Children? The 2013 Under-20 World Cup

By on Jun 22, 2013 in Latest | 0 comments

Even I, a serial stalker of low-to-middle-ranking international football tournaments on British Eurosport, was caught unawares by this year’s Under-20s World Cup, which will already have started by the time this so-called preview sees the light of day. My attention was focused on the unexpectedly entertaining Confederations Cup, covered live on terrestrial telly...

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