Author: Mark

The Under-20s World Cup: And Then There Were Four 0

The Under-20s World Cup: And Then There Were Four

It isn’t anyone’s idea of a dream final – certainly not Eurosport’s Tim Caple. But this Under-20s World Cup hasn’t been a dream tournament. Defensive Portugal against counter-attacking Brazil is something of a representation...

The Under-20 World Cup: No  Quarter Given 0

The Under-20 World Cup: No Quarter Given

So… it transpires that England weren’t rubbish after all, just in an impossibly difficult group. Mexico sit proudly in the Under-20s World Cup semi-final line-up and Argentina should have been alongside them. The apologies...

The First Week Of The World Under-20s Cup 1

The First Week Of The World Under-20s Cup

The next edition of an important English dictionary looks set, at this rate, to use an action shot of this year’s Under-20s World Cup to illustrate its definition of ‘curate’s egg.’ The tournament has...

The 2011 Women’s World Cup: The Semi-Finals 0

The 2011 Women’s World Cup: The Semi-Finals

With seventeen minutes left in the France/USA semi-final, Eurosport analyst Emma Hayes was asked if the game, already a classic, was going to extra-time. “We’re going to extra-time,” she declared, “unless someone puts a...

The 2011 Womens World Cup: The Quarter Finals 2

The 2011 Womens World Cup: The Quarter Finals

So often in major international tournaments, the knock-out stages are where the rot starts to set in, even though they are supposed to be where the tournament ‘hots up.’ Thankfully, the 2011 Women’s World...

The Further Adventures Of Stockport County 10

The Further Adventures Of Stockport County

Stockport County director Lord Peter Snape declared in March 2009, one month before the club entered administration, that he wanted “Stockport County Trust to vote to relinquish ownership of the club,” because if it...

The 2011 Women’s World Cup: The Story So Far 0

The 2011 Women’s World Cup: The Story So Far

British Eurosport’s ubiquitous football commentator Tim Caple was doing his level best not to say there were “no easy games in international football these days.” Some clichés are oft-repeated because of the element of...