Posts by Mark

The 2013 African Cup of Nations: A Tournament Comes To Life

By on Feb 8, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

More often than not, major tournament semi-finals are deep disappointments. Even the best of recent African Cups of Nations have run out of some steam by the time there were only four teams left. So given this year’s deeply disappointing tournament so far – and the prospect of 90-120 minutes of nerve-shredded beach football – imagine my surprise when… Nigeria 4 Mali...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: The Finale To Groups C & D

By on Jan 31, 2013 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Group C Group C ended up as Group A’s inverted evil twin – intermittently good at first, collectively allergic to goal attempts at the end. Having praised Eurosport for negotiating Group A’s minefield of ever-changing team positions, I felt somewhat let down by the mess into which they mired themselves as Zambia and Nigeria threatened to copy each other into...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: Groups A & B Come To A Climax

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

Group A The one advantage of Group A’s first round being a goalless bore was that no-one could ensure qualification until the final round; though after that first round, some might have settled for no-one ensuring qualification at all. But tournaments “need” the hosts to reach the knock-out stages otherwise they become unwatched, unwatchable bores – apparently. So...

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The 2013 African Cup Of Nations: Seconds Outs, Round Two

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

The 2013 AFCON is neither the first nor last international football tournament to have an, ahem, ‘disappointing’ opening round of group matches. But that has usually been down to teams’ fear of losing their first game, something which the laws of football say you must not do. In South Africa, even when the attitude wasn’t fearful, the football was mostly dreadful....

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Divided Opinion: Colin Murray & Tony Adams

By on Jan 25, 2013 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

Two footballing personalities of greatly differing pedigrees were in the papers this week, both of whom have divided opinion during their greatly differing careers – broadcast journalist Colin Murray and ex-player and manager Tony Adams. Having welcomed Murray’s choice as the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 host in 2010, I feel duty-bound to comment now he is to be...

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