World Cup 2010: Mexico 0-1 Uruguay

World Cup 2010: Mexico 0-1 Uruguay

My first memories of Uruguay as football team – and quite possibly of their existence as a country at all – came from the World Cup in 1986. They were in Scotland’s group then, and were portrayed as thugs, a bunch of big cheating, spoiling, fouling,...
John Terry & English Expectations

John Terry & English Expectations

On Friday night in Cape Town, the England 2010 World Cup team played as if they had passed into the spirit world. All but invisible, they made an absolute mockery of their pre-tournament hype (which, in spite of everything that we know about know about them and the...
World Cup 2010: Spain 2-0 Honduras

World Cup 2010: Spain 2-0 Honduras

The part-timers from Honduras took on the mighty European champions Spain with it all at stake: a loss for the Spanish side would see the tournament favourites eliminated at the first hurdle. What could possibly happen? Well, naturally enough, Spain won at a canter....
World Cup 2010: Chile 1-0 Switzerland

World Cup 2010: Chile 1-0 Switzerland

Well if I’ve only got one pre-tournament prediction right so far, I’ve got it right even more convincingly than I imagined – that the South American teams would all do well. Their combined record for the first two rounds of games reads Played 10, Won...
The Politics Of The Five Man Midfield

The Politics Of The Five Man Midfield

The England team had a “clear the air” meeting with Fabio Capello last night in a bid to try and salvage something from what is starting to look like a disastrous World Cup campaign. Whether the players should be acting like this or not notwithstanding,...