International Football

The 2012 Paralympic Football Tournaments – A Brief Guide

By on Aug 30, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

As most of you will by now be aware, the 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony is now complete and this means that we can all look forward to its forthcoming football tournaments. There is no womens event at this games, but there are two mens events, the 5-a-side event, which is played by athletes that are visually impaired using a ball containing a noise-making...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Footballs Legacy

By on Aug 15, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

The dust is very gradually settling on an almost entirely successful London Olympic Games. And the BBC aren’t about to let us forget how good they were, as they had as successful a Games as anybody – even “Square Eyes”, the TV critic in satirical magazine Private Eye, gave the BBC’s Games coverage a great review, and (s)he never gives great reviews. So most of the...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Medal Matches

By on Aug 13, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Only a few souls got into Newcastle’s St. James’s Park in time to see Mexico play South Korea in the two sides’ men’s Olympic football tournament group game. And their emotions now probably range between smug (“I saw the Gold and Bronze medalists playing each other”) and disbelieving (“I saw the Gold and Bronze medalists playing each other???”). That wretched 0-0...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Womens Medal Matches

By on Aug 10, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The winners were predictable long before the first match – arguably since the last kick of the 2011 World Cup Final penalty shoot-out. The United States, fuelled by revenge for a defeat in that match they didn’t really deserve, went ahead early in an appropriately entertaining Olympic final and, despite Japan’s best performance of the Games, stayed there. The best...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Semi-Finals

By on Aug 8, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

South Korea dominated the early stages of their men’s Olympic football semi-final against what Jonathan Pearce summed up perfectly as “a higgledy-piggledy mess” of a Brazil side. This led to the fleeting prospect of a South Korea v. Mexico final. And, as those two sides met at Newcastle in one of the tournament’s direst games, it was just as well the prospect was...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: Womens Football – The Semi-Finals

By on Aug 7, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 2 comments

After one-and-a-half sensational semi-finals, I feel like a killjoy. Despite the wonderful football played – at least as much by the losers as the winners – my thoughts were of refereeing decisions at Old Trafford; of penalties given (to the United States) and not given (to Canada); of yellow cards not shown (to Abby Wambach). And of history being made; the four...

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The 2012 Olympic Games: The Mens Quarter-Finals

By on Aug 7, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Of course they did. How could they do anything else? If the Olympic football tournament wasn’t a “proper” international football tournament already, it became one after what someone will surely call Team GB’s “ignominious quarter-final exit on penalties” on Saturday night. Nevertheless, those questioning the legitimacy of Olympic football might point to Team GB’s...

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