International Football

The Realignment Of Great Expectations: On England In Ukraine

By on Jun 19, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

When England take to the field in Kiev this evening to play Ukraine in their final group match at this years European Championships, the task ahead of them will be simple enough, mathematically, at least. A draw will be enough to take the team through to the quarter-finals of the competition, while a win may, depending on any margin of victory and what happens in...

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Euro 2012: Group B – The Final Day

By on Jun 18, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Goodnight, Oranje. The Dutch team arrived at this years European Championships with high hopes, having got to the World Cup final two years ago. This evening, however, they return home with only three consecutive defeats under their belt and a nation wondering how a team with so many talented individuals could have faltered so badly. In all honesty, the damage had...

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Valour! Honour! Scott Parker! The Wing Commander Writes On England vs Sweden

Valour! Honour! Scott Parker! The Wing Commander Writes On England vs Sweden

By on Jun 17, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Regular – or indeed occasional – readers of the When Saturday Comes magazine forum will probably already be aware of the writings of the Wing Commander, the last living remnant of the British Empire and a man who holds a very particular type of Englishman very close to his bosom. Having already had one book of his reports published (and details of how  to purchase...

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Euro 2012: Group A – The Final Day

By on Jun 17, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

The bunting will be hanging limp in Warsaw and Wroclaw this afternoon. Poland, the co-hosts of the 2012 European Championships, have been eliminated from the competition at the end of an evening which also saw a Russian team which sparkled in its opening match last week against the Czech Republic eliminated. A group which had caused some to roll their eyes ended up...

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Euro 2012: England 3-2 Sweden

By on Jun 16, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

There was a point yesterday when it seemed as if history was deemed to repeat itself yet again. As Olof Mellbergs second goal-ward shot on goal made Joe Harts net swell for the second time in ten minutes, the feeling that England were deflating to expectation was inescapable. We had been here before, of course. In the cauldron of noise that was the Rasunda in...

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Euro 2012: Ukraine 0-2 France

By on Jun 16, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 1 comment

The rain came to Donetsk last night, and by the end of the evening a dark cloud had settled over Ukraines hopes of getting through to the quarter-finals of the European Championships that they are co-hosting this summer. There had been murmurs that this team might not be capable of getting past the first hurdle of the competition, but whatever negativity surrounded...

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Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Republic Of Ireland

By on Jun 15, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

Like they needed the help. Spain were only ever going to be denied victory over Ireland by the sort of rearguard action Giovanni Trapattoni’s men produced in the qualifying group game against Russia in Moscow. But whereas in Moscow the ball usually ended up rebounding off centre-back Richard Dunne’s arse, in Poznan, centre-back Sean St. Ledger ended up on his arse...

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Euro 2012: Croatia 1-1 Italy

By on Jun 14, 2012 in International Football, Latest | 0 comments

A good result, this for Croatia. Italy’s midfield trio of Pirlo, Purlo and Pairlo, combined with the rugged centre-back pairing of Chiellini and Collini, would have presented a challenge to Spain at their best. But Croatia overcame the odds – themselves helped by defensive duo Caluka and Corluka – and, after being second best for much of the first half, were...

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